By Kevin O’Brien

There are some things you must never do when confronted with an armed assailant. We mean never, ever, not because these events never end well, but because they usually don’t, and because violating these hard and fast rules takes the agency of your survival out of your own hands. You owe it to Adam and Eve and all the rest of your bloodline to preserve your life.

  • #1: NEVER go with the assailant to a second location. Why do you think he wants you to go there?  (There are actually several possibilities, but they’re all bad).
  • #2: NEVER give up your gun. This standard Hollywood trope, where the hero gives up his gun because the villain is threatening Sweet Polly Purebred or whomever, and then manages to free them both through some brilliant stratagem, only works in the hands of a trained and certified member of the Writers’ Guild. Don’t let him have your gun: just “Let him have it.”
  • #3: NEVER get in a car with someone threatening you with a gun, or even with someone who might threaten or harm you or who has an incentive to harm you.

Here’s what happens to real people who violate Nevers #1, #2 and #3, from the non-fiction movie The Onion Field (1979).

The victims were LAPD officers. The dead guy’s partner lived, but he was finished as a cop and had problems all his life. He died young. The assailants died in prison. They were wrong about the Little Lindbergh Law (a California law, back during a brief moment of judicial lucidity in the Golden State, that made injuring or killing a kidnap victim a capital crime). It did not apply if the kidnap victim was released unharmed, and so was a positive incentive, if only the criminals had understood it. Instead, they misunderstood it as making murder no less capital than the kidnap they’d already done. (Write this down: as a class, criminals are not very bright, and violent criminals are usually the dullest of a dim bunch). The two murderers died in prison, despite the 1960s and 70s California courts’ many attempts to set them free.

The Onion Field killings not only led to a great book and good movie (of which the above is a chilling excerpt), but they changed police training forever. Now cops are told these Nevers. It shouldn’t just be cops who follow these rules: you should, too.

  • #4: NEVER let someone tie you up. He doesn’t mean you well to begin with, and you have just made the decision to outsource your survival to him. Being bound is an intermediate station of the cross on the way to dusty death for many homicide victims.

Here’s what happens to real people who violated Never #4, a non-fiction scene (with dialogue perhaps fictionalized, although the male victim survived) from the fact-based movie Zodiac (2007). We start 2:18 in to focus on the tying-up business — and where it leads. You can slider back to the start of the four-plus minute clip if you want to see where it leads.

Always, fight or run. The cop who ran in the onion field survived, by finally doing something right after doing so many things wrong. Run away from the assailant. If you think he can run faster than you, jink and dodge, and use terrain, obstacles, and darkness. IF you think you’re faster, run straight away on the most level, smoothest ground you’ve got.

What if he shoots at you? Consider this:

  1. He probably won’t shoot. Shooting complicates his life, while yours is pretty simple at this point (Run, Forrest, run!).
  2. If he does shoot, he probably won’t hit. Most criminals can’t hit the broad side of a barn, from inside the barn. Contrary to their portrayal on TV, they’re not IDPA competitors who spend their spare time doing ball and dummy drills.
  3. If he does hit you, it probably won’t kill you. You are not out of the fight (or flight) until you give up. Which brings us to the encapsulation of all rules, the one rule to rule them all:
  • #5: NEVER give up. Never give in. Never surrender. Run, fight, attack. In the aftermath of the Onion Field, LAPD Commissioner “Two-gun” Powers told his men to use any weapon they could, and pointed out that a #2 pencil can kill. (Exercise for the reader: how many ways can you kill someone with a sharp pencil? For extra credit: which way disables him fastest?).


  1. All great advise.
    I’m a big supporter of sticking a #2 pencil ✏️ in the shitbags eyes, repeatedly, till they stop meuling.

  2. For the pencil question, fatal wounds will be difficult to produce and even then, they are far from an immediate death. Pencils are also fragile. You’d best use a pencil to do something gruesome and get away. Jam into the eyeball or up the nose, follow through with the base of the palm and adrenaline pound that bitch in as far as it’ll go or more likely, till it breaks. Then if you can, unass the area.

  3. I’ll add some more critical personal and family safety rules that the author left out for obvious reasons:
    – Around Blacks, NEVER relax
    – NEVER let homosexuals around your children
    – NEVER let Chosenites around your children (but I repeat myself)

  4. I heard a prison story about one little fella making a pencil disappear in a bigger fella’s ear. Big fella was soundly asleep before and after the magic trick.

    Peter, most of these “How could Demarcus Liebowitz do this!?!?” articles you read begin and end with an incredibly trusting person that “didn’t see color.” Kipling wrote about this.

    • LOL, yes, well KKKipling must have obviously been a Nazi Klansman. Having a sense of self-preservation, and especially a sense of preserving one’s people is LITERAL NAZISM!!! Literally. Except for Jews, of course. Their people must be preserved, even at the cost of every other people on the face of the Earth. Them’s the perks of being Chosen, dontchaknow??
      Our boys didn’t fight on the beaches of Normandy and firebomb German women, children and the elderly, and nuke Japanese civilians (after doing a naval blockade against an island nation which is literally an overt act of hostile aggression and war) for white goyim to go around noticing things like behavioral patterns of various races and whatnot.

  5. Great words from the Maestro.

    I’ve spent the last 3 Sunday afternoons doing ball and dummy drills at my range. The one practice routine that I’ve found most beneficial over the years is the ball and dummy drill.

    And for inconspicuous self defence I go for a S&W pen and a very stiff pocket comb. The pen replaces the pencil, and the tines of a comb slashed hard lengthways across face and hands will produce remarkably painful wounds. It’s not a knife, but it’s good enough to enable me to run, and it can be taken anywhere without raising suspicion when I can’t carry a knife.

  6. About the Writers’ Guild:

    In a previous life, the office where I worked was across the street from Art’s Deli in Studio City, California. For those who haven’t lived in the LA area, or worked in LA, Art’s is one of the hangouts where you get to hear actual screenwriters arguing over scripts and plots of TV shows and movies.

    Long story short: Even tho I was a young n00b gun-handler back then, I knew that so much of what I heard discussed by screenwriters about guns was pure, absolute bullshit. Since I was studying martial arts at the time, much of what they had to say about fights in general was pure BS, even if there wasn’t a gun involved. Art, the owner of the deli owner, (the place is named for an actual man, and back then, a nice guy) a cardinal rule about running into “show biz” people in his deli: “Leave them alone, they just want to eat, same as you.” So I never said anything to these writers… but I learned so very much about Hollywood back in the 80’s overhearing plots discussed in Art’s.

    One of the things I learned is that there’s more than a couple of straight-up rapists in the entertainment industry. Weinstein is only one among many, but he’s typical of a stereotype.

  7. I can’t recall his name but there used to be a retired Chicago cop who made the TV talk show circuit speaking to women about personal security. Very entertaining fellow with a bushy mustache and always wore a waistcoat with a pocket watch. Looked like Mark Twain except he was red-headed. Anyway, his key point was to never give a perp the gift of privacy because in private is where the victim’s worst nightmares will come true.

    Part of the plan to deny him the gift of privacy is to escape. If you can, run away, regardless of the apparent consequences because chances are less than 1-in-10 he’ll shoot. And if he shoots, chances are less than 1-in-10 that he’ll hit you. And if he hits you, chances are less than 1-in-10 that you’ll die from it.

    On the other hand, if you give him the gift of privacy, chances are virtually 100% that he’ll kill you.

  8. Found it! The retired cop’s name is JJ Bittenbinder. There still are several of videos of his “performances” on YouTube.

  9. The original articles are great and the fact that these Shawn and howard are so good at finding relevant articles from other authors makes for plenty of great material to view on this site. The commenters in the comment section usually have interesting thoughts as well. The fact that their political views have evolved makes it even better. The last couple years I had been wondering why these guys who are pretty smart didn’t quite see the full picture of what was really going on especially since they were so close to figuring it out. I guess we all eventually see or hear something that ties it all together and leads to our personal “eureka!” moment. Keep up the good work and if you can, please add some more hunting and woods running type articles to what you’re already doing. Thanks fellas

    • there is a mountain of hunting articles on the site. You just have to wait for the various hunting seasons to come in. Until then, use the archieves to read the hunting articles from the fall months


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