Courage Under Fire
From: Dr. Ignatius Piazza
Would you be scared in a gunfight or would you be courageous under fire?
Courage is best described as doing what needs to be done, even when you know your actions place you in danger.
A gunfight is dangerous. You can get killed in the blink of an eye.
So how do you control the fear of being killed and remain courageous to do what needs to be done in a gunfight?
Watch this video footage, seen from the perspective of the officer involved in the gunfight, and I will share with you the absolute, no B.S. answer to finding courage under fire...
What is the notable aspect of this video?
The INITIAL exclamation the officer made to himself when he realized he was being shot at. Would you agree he was surprised?
WHY was the officer surprised? After all, this was a high speed pursuit which the suspect ended by tactically maneuvering his truck to provide cover for his exit from the vehicle.
The officer was surprised because he was not EXPECTING a gunfight that night.
The officer is LUCKY he was not hit, while unprepared and startled, by the gunman's first volley of fire. You don't get many second chances in a gunfight.
The absolute most remarkable and teachable moment of this video is the officer's second exclamation when the gunman pops up to continue the gunfight and the officer is not prepared to deliver a shot to end the lethal encounter.
Clearly, by the tone and character of surprise in the officer's voice he was not mentally prepared to fight, yet his adversary was.
This is quite common in well over 95% of law enforcement personnel and the military. Private citizens who own guns but have not had any formal training are even worse. The truth of the matter is the VAST majority of people who own guns and carry guns for a living are not mentally prepared or trained to win a gunfight.
As a result, SURPRISE gives way to FEAR which gets in the way of demonstrating COURAGE under fire and WINNING the gunfight.
So here is the absolute, no B.S. answer to finding courage under fire and winning a gunfight.
So courage under fire and the ability to WIN a gunfight is up to you.
You can either mentally and physically prepare yourself to expect a gunfight every day and thus be ready, willing and able to win it, or you can be like the officer in the video above who exclaims in surprise not once, but twice, as his opponent takes the gunfight to him and moves in for the kill.
Can you see that after the gunman's first volley of fire, had the officer been behind the cover of his vehicle saying to himself, "focus on the front sight and pressssss the trigger." the outcome would have been different? Instead of uttering another exclamation of surprise as the gunman popped up to unleash a second volley of fire, the officer would have finished the fight with center hits to his adversary and claimed victory.
Again, the choice to win or lose, be the victor or the victim, live or die is up to you...
Dr. Ignatius Piazza
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