Would You Draw On A Drawn Gun ??
Hope that this is ok with Euclidean but will quote him and just had to ask the question. In his post of Mar. 24th he stated"The fact is that if someone is pointing a gun at you,there is absolutely no reason not to assume they are about to kill you. Act accordingly." I have been thinking allot about this lately.(I love these forums,I seem to always learn allot from my fellow CCWers/shooters.) What he said makes allot of sense to me. Seems to me that in ANY state you would be justified in killin' the scumbucket.(PERP) I teach a CCW course but I realized that I do not address this perticular sanerio. I feel that I should include this topic in my next class and was hoping that I could get some comments from the rest of you CCWers.--- Should I include this topic at all?--- How should I make it sound to the students?--- What guidelines should I give them to help them make their decissions? I know what I would do, but I want to lay out all the options and let them make the final decission. The people that I teach(for the most part) already have their CCW. They are mostly the wives of the soldiers and sailors that are deployed overseas fighting our "dirty little wars". Some of my students also include active duty military personnel. I have made up the new teaching guidelines but it is not in it's finished form. The more that I ponder this subject,the more questions come up. Any comments would be appreciated.
Drawing against a drawn gun
First of all, to RSSZ: I'm an instructor too. I try to teach AWARENESS as in the condition levels (white, yellow, orange and red) so that they see troube before it reaches that point. I also teach layered defensive postures, and encourage carrying nonlethal weapons if your permit system allows as is the case here in Florida. I also encourage a course in combatives (hand to hand) although I'm not qualified to teach that. However I do advocate
Originally Posted by Euclidean
ju-juitsu or Aikido as possibly being amongst the most effective systems for folks who are my age (and not as strong as they once were), or just not into "punches, kicks and other Chuck Norris stuff"
Euclidean: I agree with everything you've said and it was WELL said, sir! I would add that for me, it would come down to a question of range. Absolutely I understand that in such a situation I'm risking my life and I'm fine with that. Sheepdog mentality, I guess. But speaking as a teacher of psychology and teaching a target group that does include some of the criminal element, I'd have to say that it seems to be getting increasingly rare these days to get robbed and then get left alone. A lot of folks want to see what it "feels" like to kill or hurt somebody real bad even if they tell themselves they're just trying to discourage an eyewitness account to the police or to discourage testimony....
By "range" I'm thinking distance from me to the attacker and for me I think that "medium range" is the most lethal, IMHO. Just out of arm's reach but too close to seek cover and draw. Further away and I have time to find cover. Contact and I can either sweep gun hand to the outside or pin to the inside as I draw my own weapon and fire from retention.
Last night I was reading my latest NRA magazine.
I especially like the section with real life situations were people defend themselves with a gun. While reading this section it suddenly dawned on me how many people, according to the stories I was reading, drew their gun on a BG with a gun in their hand. Of course you don't know exactly the layout in each case but it did seem odd where for the most part we all say, "no you don't have a chance against a drawn gun". I guess each situation dictates what you would acctually do. Just an observation on my part.