"On Killing" By LTC David Grossman

"On Killing" By LTC David Grossman

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    "On Killing" By LTC David Grossman

    This is one of the most powerful books I have read for awhile. I have seen his Bulletproof Mind seminars, both in person and on DVD, and like his personal presentations, this book is superb. Five stars, must read.
    "If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast."
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    Follow it up with "On Combat". Dovetails nicely "On Killing". Grossman does good work.
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    I heartily concur with both posts above!!!!!
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    Good book. I have the Kindle version. I would recommend the hard copy, since it is easier to annotate.
    Though defensive violence will always be a sad necessity in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men -St. Augustine

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    Both are great reads and highly recommended for anyone who carries a firearm for SD.

    His presentation on the effects of violent video gaming makes sense to me, though I'm uncertain if his work in this area has been peer-reviewed and independently confirmed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MJK View Post
    Both are great reads and highly recommended for anyone who carries a firearm for SD.

    His presentation on the effects of violent video gaming makes sense to me, though I'm uncertain if his work in this area has been peer-reviewed and independently confirmed.
    Pick a result, and a study can be cited:
    Video game controversies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    I think the books are excellent. The presentation was good as well, although I found some of it a bit over the top. The books take on a serious topic, and generally do so in a well thought out manner, without the chest-thumping one would expect.

    I have a beat to hell copy of On Killing that traveled the globe with me, and was passed around my platoon, that the LtCol. was kind enough to sign when I caught a BFA sponsored presentation a couple years back. I highly recommend it, and On Combat, especially for service members, but a lot of it is applicable to people who conceal carry as well.
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    Both are very good books. And, the Bulletproof Mind DVDs are also very good. All good for mindset / mental preparation.

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    I have killed hundreds of thousands in FPS (first-person shooters for you non gamers) video games, and I still abhor the idea of killing a person in real life regardless of the circumstances. Fantasy and reality are two different things; people who have difficulties telling the two apart belong in a mental institution, and should not have access to guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coconut View Post
    I have killed hundreds of thousands in FPS (first-person shooters for you non gamers) video games, and I still abhor the idea of killing a person in real life regardless of the circumstances. Fantasy and reality are two different things; people who have difficulties telling the two apart belong in a mental institution, and should not have access to guns.

    OT, but it's not about the thought process for most. Creating an automatic violent response and de-sensitivity to the result of that violence is what is bad. Automatic response thru learned repetition.

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    This book was certainly a game changer for me. I can't say I would have found out about it were it not for this forum and Bill Mo posts. I'm waiting on the Bullet Proof Mind DVDs
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    The key parts for me (I have the epub) are how hard it is for a soldier to actually kill the enemy in battle in cold blood.

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