'If I shot someone twice, I would expect that they would fall down.'

A little over 20 years ago, my good friend and FBI Hero Ed Mierles, was involved in a gunfight that took the lives of two other heroes, Gerald Dove and Benjamin Grogan. Their adversaries were two dolts that were completely insane and out of touch with reality. Although outmanned by the agents, and despite being shot repeatedly (the very first shots would later prove to be those that caused their deaths), the two knuckledraggers continued their assault with rifles and handguns. The autopsy would show that both Matix and Platt were not on any type of drug, yet they continued to fight even though they had been stuck with numerous traumatic gunshots. Although critically wounded himself, Ed eventually brought this "hell on earth" experience to an end, by mustering enough strength and courage to make a final assault. Ed shot both subjects point blank with his revolver. The two scumbags were DRT (dead right there).

So what are the lessons learned from the above incidents? The answer is three-fold; first, expect that your expectations will not be met. There are just too many variables--too many things beyond your control. Remember the phrase: shoot until the threat is no longer a threat. Second, bullet placement is always more important than the number of rounds that you fire. Rounds that hit limbs, or are otherwise non-lethal, may actually increase the aggression of your adversary. Finally, cover is the best predictor of who will win a gunfight. If you are standing out on "Front Street" during a gun battle, your chances of victory are diminished--not eliminated, but the likelihood for survival is not good.

I cannot emphasize strongly enough, that if you are involved in a gunfight, you must not have any unreal expectations. Do not think that your adversary will drop after one shot, or even several. Expect to stay in the fight until you have completely dominated the bad guy's world. You must take control from the start and never let up. What happens if you get hit? Nothing. Fight on until you win the battle--not just survive, but win! That is the "Warrior Mindset" that will keep you and your partner alive; anything less than that is not acceptable. Do not buy into the Hollywood hype; that will get you killed. Know the difference between entertainment and reality. Stay safe, brothers and sisters.

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