William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 2, October, 2009

Food for Thought

Filed under: Boomstick — williamthecoroner @ 15:37

Sharp As A Marble has some musings on using a firearm for self defense that are well worth a read.

Hat tip, Emma Peel



  1. That is a good post. One key point though, shoot to stop the threat, then stop shooting when the threat is neutralized.

    Comment by Old NFO — Friday, 2, October, 2009 @ 21:36 | Reply

    • Yes. You’re not shooting to kill, you’re shooting to stop the threat. Telling when the threat is neutralized is difficult for a trained professional, though, and would be even harder for a lay person.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Saturday, 3, October, 2009 @ 09:44

  2. Good point William- I consider the threat stopped when they are flopping on the floor without a weapon, but that’s just my criteria.

    Comment by Old NFO — Saturday, 3, October, 2009 @ 21:23 | Reply

  3. My mindset (once I receive my license later this month) is this: shooting to neutralize is approximately equal to shooting to kill (in defense, obviously not in aggression). This was also stressed by my CCW/SDA course instructor.

    My aim, which I pray to God I will never have to do, is squarely on center mass and head. These are the only 2 places which I will aim. There may be a situation where I am too close to aim, at which point I will shoot to hit my attacker.

    I understand my threat to be neutralized at such a time at which the attacker is no longer a threat to myself or those I am responsible for, and at which time I can safely clear the attacker’s weapon from his (or her) immediate reach.

    Comment by mholzmann — Monday, 5, October, 2009 @ 00:36 | Reply

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