walking the surreal
Okay, for the surprising truth.
Around 97% of people who are shot survive. Contrary to popular t.v., you can take a bullet and keep on going. Fact is, you may not even know you've been shot. The hits that will take you down are between the eyes, to one of the hip bone areas (can't think of the proper term) or a bullet to the spine.
In Viet Nam they had a problem with U.S. soldiers getting shot and falling down 'cause that's what they'd seen on t.v. The Viet Cong, which did not have television, kept a coming.
As far as a blade goes, around 70% of people survive a knife attack. And many of those with permanent disability.
Also contraray to belief, a close range pistol attack, gun at back or front, is actually easier to escape without injury than that of an attack with a blade. The gun is a one dimensional tool. Move it off line, it loses its effectiveness. I've played with these tactics and it works. Guns are best for defense when used at a distance.
It would be great if in truth, all kidding aside, there were no violence. Unfortunately, statistics state that in 2002 there were over 4,923,050 crimes of violence perpatrated in the U.S. These range from the most serious to the minor.
Unfortunately, within my family, 3 members have suffered due to violent crime -- one an attempted abduction, she escaped with a broken nose, one an attempted rape, she too survived amazingly, and one assault wich resulted in a crushed skull and brain surgery, he's doing fine and this was a result of juvenille violence. This over a span of a number years, yes, I do not live in a crime haven, but then again, we are all subject to the changes in the world.
So you see why Susan plays with tools. The group I belong to is actually called -- Common Sense Self Defense, Street Combat. It is a group of people from around the world, civilians, police, as well as military and special forces, that are learning a less than lethal way of dealing with assault. Get the "less than lethal", meaning you take away the perpatrators ability to harm you, but not their life.
So, not to lecture, but it was a interesting question and I much enjoyed your answers. I hope you found my little tidbits informative. Remember, always carry your blade -- but better than that, stay safe.
p.s. Ron, you get the prize for most creative answer. I've a cousin in Los Alamos, want me to hook you up?
Ringo, you get second prize -- love it
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