The Mistake that Will Get You Killed: Thinking Criminals Share Your Same Moral Code

Unraveling the Myths: Understanding Criminal Minds for Proactive Self-Defense.

Sane. Sober. Moral. Prudent. This is the mantra instilled in me by my virtual self-defense expert and trainer, John Korea of Active Self Protection. I’ve invested hours dissecting shocking CCW videos depicting real-life crimes across America, each clip a stark reminder of the violent realities we may confront. 

Grasping the underlying principle takes time, but once it clicks, it positions you as a DEFENDER, steering you clear from becoming a VICTIM of violent crime.

Above: My interview with John SIX years ago.

Criminals do not share your values, moral code, or beliefs; that's why they are criminals.

The intention behind this post isn’t to instill fear, but to awaken you to a harsh reality that could be the beacon in safeguarding not only your life but also the lives of your loved ones.

Warning: The videos embedded in this post depict violent scenes and may be distressing for sensitive viewers. If you find such content unsettling, feel free to skip the visuals and continue reading. They are age restricted so  you will not see any violent imagery in this post.

1. The Disparity in Moral Compass

Understanding that criminals operate with a different moral compass is crucial. They don’t perceive actions and consequences the way law-abiding citizens do. Their decisions, fueled by varied motivations—be it desperation, greed, or malice—follow a pattern alien to those living within the boundaries of legality and morality.

2. The Predatory Nature

Criminals are often predatory, seeking vulnerabilities to exploit. They act without remorse or empathy, viewing their victims merely as means to an end. Recognizing this predatory nature helps in fostering a proactive defense mindset, enabling you to anticipate potential threats and respond effectively.

3. Developing a Proactive Defense Mindset

Being proactive is the key. Stay alert, be aware of your surroundings, and understand that not everyone shares your values. Educate yourself on the behavioral cues of potential aggressors and learn effective response strategies. Resources like Active Self Protection offer invaluable insights into recognizing and handling imminent threats.

4. Practicing Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is your first line of defense. It’s not about paranoia, but about being conscious of your environment and the people around you. Assessing situations promptly can be the difference between falling prey and evading a threat. Practice makes perfect, so incorporate situational awareness into your daily routine.

5. Empowerment through Knowledge and Training

Empower yourself with knowledge and training. Equip yourself with self-defense techniques, understand the legal implications, and know when and how to use force effectively and responsibly. John Korea and other self-defense experts provide a plethora of resources and training programs to help you build confidence and competence in self-defense.


Awakening to the reality that criminals don’t share our moral code is a vital step towards proactive self-defense. It’s not about living in fear; it’s about being prepared, vigilant, and empowered to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Remember, the goal is to be a DEFENDER, not a VICTIM. Equip yourself with knowledge, training, and situational awareness to navigate through a world where the moral compasses vary, and safeguard your well-being against those who operate outside the boundaries of law and ethics.

Stay safe, stay empowered, and remember: Sane. Sober. Prudent.

P.S. I am just speculating here but I have a feeling John Correia is dealing with the same godawful demonetization ban hammer at YouTube that I dealt with...consider supporting his ASP Unlimited App.


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