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    So I have been thinking about self defense today and about possible scenarios where I might have to use my training. I am confident in my abilities. However, firearms in particular create a unique situation. If I were to be robbed a knife point, I have no doubt that I could disarm the assailant and defend myself. I am confident that I could disarm an assailant that is robbing me at gunpoint, but would I want to try?

    Unlike a knife, a hand gun can accidentally go off even if the attacker did not intend to fire. I do not carry cash on me, and I have protection on my credit cards, so it is not like I am risking much. I guess my dilemma is if I would want to disarm the attacker to eliminate the risk, or just give them my wallet and hope they do no intend to shoot me anyways. While I have firearms at home, I do not carry one on me. I have a wife and young son at home and would hate to get accidentally shot trying to disarm the robber. Any thoughts on this subject?

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    Some additional statistics to consider on this subject after I did more research: A full 30% of violent crimes are committed with an unloaded gun, and another 10-15% are committed with a replica. An additional 13% of guns seized during robberies are non-functional. Add it up and over half of the guns used in violent crimes would not even fire.

    Then there is the ability of an assailant to hit a target. It has been calculated that trained police officers hit their target in real world situations 10-23% of the time. It can be assumed that most criminals have less training and would be less accurate. Then there are the actual wound figures. Of violent crimes committed with a loaded, functioning firearm, only 4.6% resulted in a gun shot wound. The survival rate of gun shot wounds during violent crimes is 92%.

    However, the real question is to resist or not to resist. Studies show that robbers are 20% more likely to fire a gun if faced with resistance from a man. The numbers are much higher for women. Still, I have a 99.6% chance of surviving either way. Resistance was shown to help the victim in 63% of violent crimes and only hurt the victim in 9%. I like those odds.

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    • #3
      Fascinating data, thank you.

      OC

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ryan Dotson View Post
        However, the real question is to resist or not to resist. Studies show that robbers are 20% more likely to fire a gun if faced with resistance from a man. The numbers are much higher for women. Still, I have a 99.6% chance of surviving either way. Resistance was shown to help the victim in 63% of violent crimes and only hurt the victim in 9%. I like those odds.
        Question was asked and answered wasn't it?

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