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Old July 23, 2013, 12:57 PM   #28
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
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Originally Posted by pax
...Successful violent criminals are really, really, really good at reading body language. If you're not absolutely committed to using the gun, if you're not willing to fire, the criminal will read that on your face and in your body and you will very likely have to shoot in order to save your own life. But if you are committed to action, the criminal will read that and is more likely -- no guarantee, but more likely! -- to run away...
An excellent point, and it echos something that Massad Ayoob frequently mentions. To paraphrase:
Criminals aren't afraid of the gun. They are afraid of the person who both has the gun and is obviously ready to use it immediately and effectively.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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