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Three Ways a Threat is Stopped

3 ways to stop a threatA previous article of ours spoke about Colonel Cooper’s purpose for a handgun in stopping a fight that someone else started. Let us dive a little deeper into the three reasons a fight, or threat, is terminated.

Psychological

You are being robbed at knife-point and draw your weapon. As the assailant realizes you have a gun and begins to see the emptiness of the clean bore being pointed right at them, they have a moment of realization. Their life may be terminated if they proceed with their actions. They think, “Oh boy, I better stop doing this or I’ll get shot. RUN!!!” Psychologically the “flight” response of “fight or flight” takes over, and the would-be attacker stops his actions to flee and no one gets hurt. The visual sight of the weapon is enough to stop the fight.

Physiological

The robber that has you at knife point doesn’t have time to see you reach for your concealed carry gun. You draw and fire one round striking him in the upper shoulder of the hand holding the knife. The pain is crippling. He is unable to keep hold of the knife because his arm is no longer working. He likely will not die, but he is unable to physically and mentally continue his aggressive behavior. The threat has been stopped.

Neurological

‘The robber with the knife has grabbed your wife by the arm and pulled her away from you. He holds the knife to her throat and is hiding behind her. Just the sliver of half his head is showing behind your wife’s. You know if you wound him, he will cut her throat. If you miss, he will cut her throat. You draw and fire one shot and hit him in the bridge of the nose. The bullet severs the brain stem and the robber drops like a bag of sand to the ground. The neurological function of the body (brain and nervous system) is instantly and permanently destroyed. The threat is stopped.

It is important to understand the three ways a threat is stopped so we can mentally, psychologically, and physically prepare in our training to react and adapt to potential threats. Stay safe, and carry on!

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