Practical awareness (clip here: https://www.instagram.com/p/COfRUwYH7ji/) - follow my good friend @sir.michaeljames - the full video on protection is an eye-opener.
People have asked me for years why we would host workshops on self-defense, situational awareness, or anything of the like at a wellness center. Can you give me an example where LESS education and LESS understanding confer MORE risk reduction or advantage in wellness?
At close range, there is no reason a second round should leave a semi-auto firearm in the presence of people who understand the machinery. Malfunctions do happen when unintended. But they MUST happen when intended.
80% or more gun violence occurs with handguns, and at close range. The FBI stats are 3/3/3 - over 90% of shootings happen in 3 seconds, within 3 yards, and 3 shots. If you never learn anything else about firearms, at least know how to make one malfunction. It could buy you precious seconds.
A skilled shooter with a low-capacity bolt-action rifle makes over 30 hits on a tiny target at 1000 feet within 60 seconds: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_minute.
Criminals and violent shooters during a mass shooting kill 4 or more people at close range with high-capacity weapons in an average of 6 minutes. This is absolutely tragic. However, take a moment and compare a mass shooting timeline to the skilled shooters above. This is not to belittle mass shootings in the slightest. But mass shooters are incredibly low skill, clearly not very aware human beings, let alone aware operators, and they are obviously in an agitated and unstable state. Most profiling has determined they are barely able to pull a trigger. They are definitely in no state to troubleshoot a jam or malfunction, and certainly wholly incapable of handling a confrontation or opposing force.
Average shooters are precisely time-bound by the average time it takes to get a knowledgeable person on the scene. The 6 minutes is the average time it takes for a person who understands firearms to arrive on the scene, or for the gunman to turn his chaos on himself. If the general populace could become more knowledgeable about firearms, we could compress that 6 minutes down to 2 seconds. That figure is not pie in the sky. This is a reasonable and practical response time which we can all practice and learn to implement today. A physically smaller and weaker person can make a firearm malfunction in the hands of a larger and stronger gunman in about 1 second. I'm talking right now, not some abstract policy which we hope will one day get legislated to possibly reduce some variable that may or may not impact mental health or access to various firearms some period in the distant imaginary future. I'm talking about TODAY.
This is simply about knowledge, education, and awareness. Like I said, can you give me an example wherein LESS education and LESS understanding confer MORE risk reduction or advantage in wellness?
We must learn this.