Post Shooting Syndrome

12 Effects of Post Shooting Syndrome

Defending yourself with a gun is not something any rational person ever wants to do. It's something you do only when there is no other choice.

And the personal toll it can take on your mental wellbeing can be surprising, often referred to as "post shooting syndrome." TV dramas and blockbuster movies portray good guys shooting bad guys in heroic fashion. But in the real world, it seldom feels heroic.

Compliance Safety

Compliance Doesn’t Always Ensure your Safety!

by Greg Ellifritz

Many of my students tell me that, should they ever be robbed, they plan on complying with the robbers' demands. While I can't presume to tell anyone the individual best course of action during a dangerous situation, I can provide some general statistics about past events.

Police on Gun Control

What do police officers think about gun control?

One of the most common themes you see in the mainstream media is that police are strongly behind strict control of firearm ownership. But where is the evidence?

PoliceOne, a news source catering to the law enforcement community, recently reported on the most comprehensive police survey ever conducted on the topics of gun control, gun violence, and gun rights. The results were eye-opening.

Criminal Self Image

Criminals think of themselves as "good people"

Recently we discussed how criminals don't think the way ordinary people do. According to Stanton E. Samenow Ph.D., criminals think in stark, black and white terms that leave no room for reason, negotiation, empathy for victims.

To follow up on this idea, here's another somewhat startling observation: many criminals actually view themselves as good people despite their bad actions.

Criminal Thinking

CAUTION: Criminals don't think like you do!

by Dean Rieck

A couple years ago, I attended a 3-day handgun class at Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, Ohio. One of the many ideas that stuck with me was what the training center's owner, John Benner, said in the classroom portion of the training:

"Criminals don't think like you or me. Their minds work differently. They want what they want and all you are to them is an object in their way."

Riots and Mobs

Escaping from Riots and Flash Mobs

by Greg Ellifritz

I've read some articles by various "tactical gurus" advising that if people get caught up in a riot or confronted by looters, they should start cutting throats and shooting everyone in the face with their 9mm pistols to facilitate escape. There's certainly a time and place for such actions, but if you are smart, it will never come down to that. Let me share some of my experiences….

Killing is Homicide

Killing in Self Defense IS Homicide

Here's a fact many gun owners have a hard time understanding: when you take someone's life, even if you do it in self defense, it is considered a "homicide."

But isn't self defense a time-honored right of every individual? Yes.

Self defense is a natural right. If someone threatens you with death or great bodily harm, you have the right to defend yourself, and that includes using deadly force. This right is built in to our laws.

Carry Enough Gun

How to know if you carry "enough gun" to face any threat

by Greg Ellifritz

Last week, I [wrote about] a news article describing the guns used by the terrorists in the recent attacks in France. Here's an excerpt from my commentary on the article:

Your First Gun

10 other things to do when you buy your first gun

Americans love guns. Depending on what survey you look at, anywhere from 20% to 50% of U.S. residents have at least one gun in their home.

But Americans are also more in love with the hardware than in training, laws, or safety. Too many people buying a gun for self defense, make the purchase, take the gun home, put it in a drawer, and never touch it again until their life is on the line.

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