I found an interesting book at the local library last week titled “American Gunfight; The Plot To Kill Harry Truman” by Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge, Jr. I firmly recommend it to anybody who, like me, might be just a tad overconfident about how well they would handle a life threatening situation. The authors provide a lot of detail about the physiological changes a person’s body goes through when threatened. They explain “tunnel vision”, “audio exclusion”, “loss of fine motor skills” and a lot more. The book is a thorough analysis of the November 1, 1950 attack by two Puerto Ricans on the secret service agents guarding the president at Blair House in DC. The agents were armed with revolvers and trained to shoot the old fashioned way, one hand holding the gun with arm fully extended. The attackers were armed with semi auto pistols, a Luger and a Walther P38, and used both hands. They were almost successful.
Stephen Hunter is the author of fifteen novels including at least two that were the basis for good movies, and three non-fiction books.