Why You Can Get Shot Over Nothing But A Clenched Fist

When I attended police academy in 2000 we had discussions for entire class periods in our legal classes that hinged around the outcomes and ethics of shooting someone who had nothing or something innocuous looking in their hands. This was of course deal with from within the confines of the use of force matrix. The one argument that constantly came up was the issue of MMA trained fighters. The fact is that all throughout history it has been well documented that empty had techniques have always been a serious force to contend with. How does one keep from getting hit? Don't be there when the blow arrives. Even Bruce Lee carried a .38 cal. revolver. He was once asked why he carried a gun and his response was "because I can't punch you from across the street." That sort of covers the whole point of carrying a sidearm doesn't it?

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Abner Miranda Is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media.

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2 comments

  • Great job as usual

    Steven Haro Oct 11, 2021
  • Plain and simple that was awesome I learned something today for sure thank you.

    Jay Oct 11, 2021

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