On a "Personal Defense TV" segment I watched last week, Clint Smith (of Thunder Ranch) said that 85% of people that are shot, survive.
We often hear a lot of talk about ballistics, caliber size as well as the importance of shot placement when discussing the effectiveness of calibers/guns. Whenever we hear about the use of a firearm in the media, it usually has a fatal ending. It seems that guns have more than a 15% likelihood of killing you, if shot by one, if you pay attention to the media accordingly. I wouldn't encourage people to be careless with firearms given the low fatality rate that they seem to be responsible for, etc. At the same time, however, I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed in the effectiveness that guns overall reportedly have when it comes to their ability to fatally end a threat. Some may say that a gun does not have to kill in order to save you from a threat. As long as it puts an end to imminent danger then it has done its job. Even if a gun does kill, it may not kill fast enough to save you from imminent danger. I remember reading an account from the altercation involving a shootout between the FBI and bank robbers in Florida (back in the 80s I think?). One of the agents said that the agent's shots were hitting their target. The problem was that the BGs didn't die fast enough. From the time they were hit and the time it took them to die, they were able to shoot and injure/kill FBI agents.
I'm really not going anywhere with this post other than stating that I'm surprised at the low fatality rate that guns have in actuality as opposed to their perceived threat.
Shot placement is vital in order to effectively put an end to an imminent threat. I suspect that the low fatality rate for guns is due to a lack of training in the overal populace that uses them. I'm sure a certain percentage of shots that are reported in said statistic are in reference to accidental shots that weren't intended to be fatal wounds. In this case, there was no real intent to fatally wound someone and resulted in a non-fatal wound.
Any thoughts or ideas about the subject overall?