Caption pic:( left) Katrina Vetrano (right) Chanel Lewis
No kidding. And you even thought it was good for you? Don’t believe me? Just ask Vanessa Macrotte. How about Katrina Vetrano or perhaps David Stevens? Well you can’t because all three were murdered along jogging trails. That’s just a very short list of people who were recently killed while minding their own business doing their daily runs. I have no difficulty finding numerous other examples. In fact, it seems to be quite a common occurrence. The numbers are simply astounding. Of course the mainstream media would never report this.
Just for your edification, Vanessa was murdered and sexually assaulted (allegedly) by Angelo Colon Ortiz. Chanel Lewis did same thing to Katrina. David was killed and mutilated with a sword by nutcase named Thomas Johnson.
What is clear is that human predators are using jogging tracks as hunting grounds. And why not, after all where can you find large numbers of people who are mentally distracted and physically winded? Running trails are the perfect ambush chokepoint. Combine that with some earbuds attached to a smart phone, a good dose of liberalism and you might as well put a sign on your shirt that says FOOD.
There are a number of strategies that can make you safer.
First is one of my favorites and that is avoidance. Why use jogging trails at all? There is a huge choice of aerobic workout machines available, both for home use and at fitness gyms. Some establishments have indoor jogging tracks. Of course those things cost a bit more money than a pair of jogging shoes and running apparel.
Another good plan is to obtain and jog with a dog. “A dog” means a large, athletic animal that loves to run and has a bit of a reputation as a protector. A prime example is Money Shot, my beloved Anatolian Shepherd. Money might love me, but he absolutely adores the missus. Any attempt on the infringement of his mamma’s safety would likely lead to measures most unpleasant for the miscreant attempting to do so. No doubt his original Turkish breeders would be delighted with the outcome. While performing double duty as guard dogs at home, they have special requirements and are not for everyone.
Then there is the simplest solution and that is to just obtain a gun as well as some of the training that goes with it. The big question is exactly what kind of handgun to carry for exercise. Remember, not only do you want an anti-ambush firearm, but also you want it to be light and small as well as reliable.
Your goal, first and foremost, is to stop the attacker. The simple sight of a firearms is often enough to drive a would-be mugger away. Even a shot with a miss will draw attention to yourself from others who may go to your aid or make a call to the PD. Predators don’t like attention or noise and just like in the animal kingdom, they know that getting injured has bad consequences for them.
There are plenty of small weapons out there that are ideal. IMHO I would keep the weight to below 24 ounces unloaded (that’s a pound and a half to you libs) and preferably below 20. Suggested calibers include 9mm, 380 and the venerable 38 Special
It’s nice to have so many good choices in handguns. It’s no secret that I love snub nose revolvers, however in terms of training they can be considered specialized weapons. Despite low capacity (5 in a 38) they are reliable and can be used to contact without malfunction. Ideal examples are the Ruger LCR and the S&W 638.
In the semi-auto category there are numerous pistols to choose from with makers like Ruger, S&W, Walther, Sig, Kahr, Glock and Bersa offering a number of quality products. Keep in mind that reliability is the most important thing to look for especially with small handguns.
One of the most overlooked issues is training especially for a jogging scenario. It’s difficult to train for such a circumstance and there are a variety of reasons for this including safety. While there are specialized gun training courses for specific situations such as car or home protection, I can’t find anything from the gun gurus that drills down onto the this aspect of self defense.
Finally, there is the big question of the best method to carry the weapon. The fact is that there’s probably no perfect way. You do want to protect the gun from sweat as well as to make sure it doesn’t bounce around. In addition, you have to be able to access it as quickly as possible. I’ve used a no-label fanny pack that I bought from a vendor at a gun show that’s now showing its age. My only regret is that I wish I knew who the guy was and that I had bought an extra 3 or 4. Best bets seem to a bellyband, fanny pack or a specialized chest rig for athletic carry. “The Jogger” made by Active Pro Gear is ugly, somewhat bulky and certainly not a fashion statement. However it does represents a good option in terms of price, ease of access, sweat protection, security and comfort.
In closing let me provide a bit more motivation for runners to arm up. The bottom images show Fusako Petrus 86, beaten to death by Neven Glen Butler 18, an 11th grade dropout and thug rat. (An even bet says you know which person is which) It seems that Fusako died while attempting to help her 61 year-old friend who was being assaulted by Nevan while they were walking around a high school track. Nevan was also detained in the beating of a 92 year-old woman a few days earlier. No doubt Mr. Butler will be described as a good boy, looking out for his family while trying to become a rapper and rocket scientist. But hey, black lives matter, yours doesn’t. The MSM will blame it on slavery or White Privilege. Ultimately the only person you can depend upon for your self-defense is you. Don’t become another example in this crime category.
Stay armed my friends.