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Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #117)

Tue Apr 23, 2013, 12:07 AM

129. Warning shots are a good way to get someone else killed.

 

I once saw one case where a guy shot a gun in the air on New Year's and the bullet landed a few blocks away. Gravity had sped the bullet up enough so that it was going at a deadly speed, and it hit a guy on his back, it hit his heart, and the guy died seconds later. They actually found the guy who fired the shot, and he got put away.

But Green, you're wrong about something here. A warning shot at a burglar would not likely result in you getting killed (unless your own bullet bounced off something and hit you instead).

Part of my gun training has kind of overlapped with my study of psychology, which I did in college. A funny thing happens when someone is shot at. A biological response called the Flight or Fight response kicks in.

The symptoms of Flight or Fight is 1) increased strength 2) tunnel vision 3) loss of hearing 4) loss of fine motor skills (yes, people really do drop their keys like in all those corny 80's horror flicks). None of this is good when you're trying to operate a gun. I won't go into it, but there a kind of training you can practice that will limit this response.

But the interesting thing is that when criminals are shot at, they also go into the flight or fight response. It's just plain instinct. There is rarely any kind of cross fire like you see in Hollywood movies. In real life, when you shoot at someone, they run for their lives. Yes, even if that person has a gun, they seem to forget that they have a gun, and they still run for their lives.

Watch this video closely. 2 armed men rob an internet cafe. And old man wearing old man shorts comes out from one of the tables and starts shooting at the two armed robbers. Do they shoot back? Watch and find out.

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