Mark Twain said: “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable”. He also declared: “There are lies, damned lies and statistics”. Regardless of these comments, statistics will never go away because, in most instances, proper use of factual data helps us to accurately predict future events and understand past occurrences.
A good example of what to expect in the near future regarding “Crime in the US” is a look at what happened in past years. A chart provided by FBI shows Crime in the US 2012
These incidents show your relative chances of involvement in each category noted above. Your location, whether in, or outside of metropolitan areas also has an influence on the rate of occurrence. Further classification of this information can be found on the FBI website.
Property crime (2,859), Burglary (670), violent crime (386), aggravated assault (242) and robbery (113) are noted as the most frequent threats. All are not officially listed as a force or threat against an individual; however, a person must be prepared and doesn’t really know when their life will be threatened.
A critical area of concern should be home invasions. It’s comforting to know the Castle law is in your favor stating; a person is legally justified to use deadly force when life is threatened by an invader. Do you have you weapon safely stored, yet quickly accessible for a home encounter?
Rehearsing Concealed Carry practice under the probabilities of what can happen in the above circumstances will result in instinctive self-defense behavior during an actual encounter.
Crime statistics are not a perfect science, but, a good starting place for learning the more common elements of a threat. Statistical knowledge on what probably happens in a gun fight also helps with choosing the most suitable firearms and accessories for Concealed Carry.
Successful Concealed Carry results with a balanced selection between; weapon size and weight versus full time comfort, concealment, physical limitations and clothing choice requirements. If you don’t make the right choice of handgun and holster to achieve this goal; you won’t carry.
How many cartridges should you carry if the average gun fight is over in 3 to 5 seconds with 3 to 4 shots fired? Are extra magazine clips necessary? The question of caliber size is thought by many to be extremely critical while shot placement accuracy is actually most important for stopping an assailant. A non-critical area 45 caliber shot will not immediately stop a life threatening assailant, but, a 22 caliber shot to the brain, upper spinal cord or other vulnerable spot will be deadly.
Police officers are trained to take multiple shots at target center-mass which is the most effective tactic for stopping an assailant because it presents the highest probably of actually hitting the target under hazardous circumstances.
Additional statistics, according to Tuellers rule, indicate average attackers can cover 21 feet in less than 2 seconds and the average person cannot draw a gun from concealment in under 2 seconds. This information implies a “quick draw” may not be helpful for the average individual under such circumstances.
This can only be offset by defensive alertness. When in a suspicious environment; think about escape routes and protective cover, with hand on weapon ready to draw.
The above situations may not apply to all encounters; however, they help to shape subconscious thoughts. Concealed Carry is an art form and the rules cannot be based entirely upon statistics, however, they provide valuable insight for making Concealed Carry decisions. Keep on packing dude.
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