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Understanding the Use of Deadly Force

Posted by on March 28, 2012

From Modern Combative Systems – a post about the complexity involved in understanding the issues of deadly force.

From the posting:

“Any use of force by one person against another elicits a very emotional response, even when we only hear about it.  But when you hear that the person was unarmed against a firearm, people have even a faster knee jerk reaction.  Even though someone does not have any mechanical force options like guns, knives, or sticks, they are far from being unarmed.

During interpersonal combat, there are three anatomical ways to “stop” a human, Central Nervous System disruption (electric), Structural System disruption (frame), and Circulatory System disruption (plumbing).    Central Nervous System disruption is the fastest; Circulatory System disruption is the slowest and is usually achieved with a penetrating wound from a knife or gun.”

“This case should be a huge wake up call for anyone that carries a firearm.  You need skill sets besides pulling the trigger.  This training will serve two purposes, first you will have other options, and two you will know when there is no other option.”

As part of our philosophy, we emphasize awareness and  reason – analyze the situation before it becomes emotional – try to be pro-active (avoid the problem, prepare for the threat) rather than re-active (flinch, respond in inappropriate measures). Plan ahead, ‘what-if’ the scenarios and mentally prepare for likely eventualities – this will also help you to see things in your voyages you might otherwise miss.


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