INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — If someone breaks into your home threatening you and your family, do you know what to do?
Ideally, nobody ever breaks into your home, your family is safe, and you live happy lives. But some of us aren’t going to be that lucky, so why not be prepared?
You’re out with your family and someone draws a gun. The only thing between it and your family is you. It’s a horrible scenario to find yourself in, but one that we’re seeing more of on the news in the last few years.
“Like where I’m from in El Paso, Texas,” Temuchin “Cactus” Tafoya said. “The shooting at the Walmart there. Those kind of things, it’s like, wow. And you’re thinking, ‘What if I’m with my family in a situation like that? What is it that I need to do?'”
Tafoya is teaching people all over the world how to defend themselves — not just when they’re out in public, but in the place they should feel safest- their home. And even though it’s all fake here, it’s something students are taking seriously.
“You’re thinking about what if this was me in a dark alley or in my house or something like that,” Justin Wilson said. “So that pops into your head. All these scenarios kind of pop in your head of ‘hey, this could have happened to me last night at Walmart.'”
Above fighting and getting a gun from an attacker, prevention is the biggest lesson Tafoya teaches. That means not sharing locations on social media, locking doors, using cameras, and having plans in place. He says if you’re in a situation where you’re fighting for survival, you probably weren’t prepared or aware of your surroundings.
“You need to be aware of your surroundings,” Tafoya said. “Even though you’re at home and in a safe place, you need to know what’s going on. Outside your home, inside your home and such. You’ve got the home advantage.”
While most people won’t ever have to worry about a home invader, Tafoya says the lessons like awareness and prevention can help in more common situations as well.
“A lot of people kind of live in their own cocoon and they don’t realize that just by simply being aware of what’s going on around you is key to so many things,” Tafoya said. “And I’m not just talking about violence. Like I was talking about earlier, being on your phone when you’re driving. Simple as that.”
Tafoya says the last few years, people interested in the home invasion defense courses have increased. He just started offering them at Parabellum Firearms and Shooting Range. He says if you’re interested, check their website for future courses.