ANATOMY OF A GUN FIGHT
By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis CPP
Freelance Writer and Author
March 23, 2023
© 2023 – All Rights Reserved
THE USA IS A DANGEROUS PLACE
With every daily news cast, news paper headline as well as a myriad social media postings - rising crime in the USA is illustrated as an ever increasing reality and a major concern of American citizens. Violent crimes, such as: Rape, Robbery, Murder, Car Jacking, Home Invasions, Aggravated Assaults, and Aggravated Burglaries are up.
FAR LEFT, LIBERAL WOKE AGENDA CONTRIBUTES TO RISING VIOLENT CRIME
In recent years, the USA has witnessed far left Liberal Democratic Politicians turning a blind eye to escalating criminal activities and embracing the WOKE agenda. In some instances, far left leaning politicians are actually encouraging others to adopt and follow this unorthodox WOKE ideology. In turn, the WOKE agenda is producing a rapid rise in violent crime.
Another contributor to rising violent crime, is: The liberal WOKE news media by wrongly classifying violent crime, e.g., riots, looting, ransacking private businesses, and burning cities as peaceful protests or they opt to completely ignore the criminal acts altogether. The purpose of this illusionary news broadcast is to present a specific image of violent crime, without illustrating the actual truth in the matter in order to sway public opinion.
Anyone who tries to stop the rioting or injures another in self-defense, during a riot, is portrayed by the news media as the aggressor and not the victim. The actions of the looters themselves are justified by the liberal news media as being entitled to another’s assets.
A CORRUPT JUDICIAL SYSTEM CONTRIBUTES TO RISING VIOLENT CRIME
Financially backed George Soros elected District Attorneys have opted to skirt existing laws by reducing Felony arrests to Misdemeanors and introducing cashless bail systems in the name of equity and criminal justice reform. In essence, these deplorable “SMOKE AND MIRROR” actions have resulted in violent criminals becoming a revolving door of the judicial system, instead of becoming a permanent resident of a penal institution to protect society from their criminal behavior. This insane ideology results in criminals being released as soon as their arrested; allowing criminals to commit other crimes, soon after their release producing more victims.
Equally, the United States Department of Justice and the FBI have been weaponized and the far left Democrats have an open border policy resulting in the influx of millions of unchecked illegal aliens into the USA as well as a saturation of illegal drugs at our Souther borders.
DEFUND THE POLICE MOVEMENT
Another contributor to rising violent crime in America, is the liberal lefts not-so-brilliant WOKE strategy, of Defunding the Police Movement. This dangerous ideology is weakening our Police Departments; nationwide, by reducing police departments operating budgets thus reducing manpower critical to enforcing existing laws, incarcerating criminals, and reducing Police Officers response time to those in need of emergency services. First and foremost, law enforcement is the barrier that stands between chaos, mayhem, and a civilized peaceful society.
Proponents of the Defunding The Police Movement state: Police forces are reckless and a burden to society. In fact and reality, the culprit for re-shaping our police departments today is a result of the United States Department of Justice forcing Police Departments to lower their hiring standards in the name of equity, i.e., in order to incorporate individuals, into law enforcement, who under previous hiring standards would be ineligible.
AMERICAN CITIZENS RESPONSE TO RISING CRIME – FIREARMS PURCHASES
In response to the escalating crime in the USA, citizens have opted to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights to the Constitution of the USA, by purchasing firearms and arming themselves, for the protection of life, family, and property. More specifically, the 2nd Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Never before, in the history of the United States of America, have more firearms been sold as they have today. As more Americans become fearful and cognizant of the fact: “Law Enforcement can no longer be relied upon to protect them, their loved ones, and their property against the out-of-control violent criminal element, the more firearms will be purchased and carried for self defense. Essentially, it’s the law of physics, I.e., “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction!”
SHOOT OR DON’T SHOOT
After legally purchasing a handgun, the next step for the armed citizen is to seek a licensed self- defense handgun instructor and apply for a concealed carry license, in their state of residency. Make sure the instructor you pick is well versed on handgun laws, e.g., the “Castle Doctrine” and “Stand You Ground Laws” in your state of residency. Each state is different and their handgun laws and concealed carry permit requirements are different, as well. Your instruction should include a course pertaining to when you can legally use your handgun to protect your life and the life of your loved ones and when you can’t.
HANDGUN SAFETY AND STORAGE
Your handgun course should also include a course in handgun safety and storage. The rule of thumb in firearms safety is to treat all firearms as if they were loaded. Never point a firearm at anyone unless you intend to shoot that individual in self defense.
FIREARM AND CALIBER OF CHOICE
In choosing a firearm for self defense, it’s really up to the each individual which firearm he or she chooses to carry. Prior to purchase, I recommend the prospective buyer finding a gun range that rents revolvers and semi-auto pistols and try them until you find one you like. The same applies to calibers. Each caliber relates to the amount of felt recoil an individuaL feels in the hand when the weapon is fired. Find a caliber you get along with. I recommend a minimum of 10 rounds in the magazine and 1 in the chamber as a minimum. This eliminates most revolvers. Remember, criminals don’t legally purchase their firearms, they steal them and opt for high capacity magazines containing 15 rounds or more.
PREPARATION FOR A GUN FIGHT
As a Veteran of the United States Army, during the Vietnam War, and 18 years after as a Law Enforcement Professional and Drug Enforcement Agent whose been in more gunfights than I can remember off the top of my head, I assure you the only preparation for a gun fight your going to have is relying on your natural instinctive shooting training you received prior to it happening.
From start to finish, gunfights are instantaneous, up close and personal, e.g., 9 to 15 feet, and measured in milliseconds, i.e., in the blink of an eye – time wise! A gunfight is an unpredictable occurrence and happens when you least expect it to. Therefore, your combat shooting training, familiarity with your firearm, drawing, shooting, reloading techniques, and instinctive shooting capabilities are the only barriers standing in the way between you and life and death. There are no second place winners in a gun fight. Only one winner and one loser! The winner is determined by who can draw their weapon the fastest and put the most accurate rounds on target in vital areas of the human anatomy first, are usually the determining factors that predicts the winner and the loser.
GUNSIGHTS, YOU TUBE SENSATIONS, RELOADING, SHOOT AND MOVE
In a gun fight, pistol or revolver sights are totally useless. They may be fine for shooting stationary targets with the You Tube sensations but they are virtually useless in a close quarter gunfight. The main perspective to remember about weapons are: Pistol, Revolvers, and Shotguns are pointed and fired during combat. Riles are aimed and fired.
The armed citizen should practice just picking up or drawing their weapon of choice, bringing it up to chest or eye level, and pointing and firing it at a stationary target, while using the center mass area of a target as the reference point. Essentially, this is the same technique you’ll be using in a self-defense gun fight, except when the intended target is a couple of feet away then you’ll be drawing and firing from your hip.
In a emergency situation or faced with life or death, a persons adrenaline starts to flow, the breathing quickens and becomes rapid, and the heart is pounding. While all of this is happening, and an armed aggressor is shooting hot lead at you, when do you think your going to have time to use your gun sights? You won’t! Therefore, practice instinctive shooting, i.e., hand to eye coordination as much as possible during your practice time at the range.
Another practice the armed citizen should exercise, is the shoot and move technique instead of shooting and remaining in a stationary position while firing your weapon. Shoot and move firing reduces the chances of an armed aggressor zeroing in on your vital areas or hitting you at all. This training technique will save your life.
The final preparation for the armed citizen, is practicing to reload an empty cylinder in case of a revolver and clearing a jam, or reloading a new magazine in the case of a semi-auto pistol. The armed citizen should be so familiar with reloading their weapon without looking at it that their eyes never leave the intended target. In the blink of an eye an aggressor can move out of your line-of-sight and take up a new position that quite possibly makes the armed aggressors advantage point better than yours.
“UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP EM BETWEEN THE BRIDLE!”