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Old 05-26-2001, 10:56 AM   #51
Dojo: Foothills Aikido, Evergreen, Colorado
Location: Evergreen, Colorado, USA
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 25
I have read about a seminar given by a man named Pat Malone, who has been a body guard. He works for the FBI, and teaches police officers and Navy SEALS hand-to-hand combat.

Here are some of his thoughts on being accosted by someone with a firearm. Please note that the presentation I was reading about, was meant for the standard non-martial arts female. Though his advice, I'm sure, can be a benefit for anyone. He states:

If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN!

(a.) Police only make 4 of 10 shots when they are in range of 3-9 feet. This is due to stress.

(b.) The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times. And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ. SO RUN!

One of his main points during his presentation was "one needs to be aware of one's surroundings". Which is good advice as well.

A side note:
A U.S. author named Samuel Langhorne Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain wrote, "There are liars, damn liars and statisticians". With that in mind, I feel it important to note that folks will at times do better to look at original data in an effort in make informed decisions. Data that has been massaged by this "cause" or that "cause" can sometimes become misleading in an effort to lend support to a predetermined conclusion. The issues/statistics involving gun control in the USA are riddle with skewed data. I am inclined to believe the above numbers of 4 of 10 and 4 in 100. I have not confirmed the raw data but, as a person who participates in competitive shooting sports, I know how the lack of concentration and focus will affect one's final score (can't hit the target). Stress and distractions are not positive attributes to have to deal with when shooting.

Yours in Aikihood

Steve Nelson
Confront the enemy with the point of your sword against his face.
-Miyamoto Musashi, "A Book of Five Rings"
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