"Fear is not real; it is a product of thoughts you create. Danger is very real; fear is a choice." ---Chinese ProverbBy now we are all aware of the 13 March 2020 shooting of Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville, Kentucky. On 15 September the city of Louisville agreed to pay Taylor's family 15 million dollars. So far one police officer has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment and two other officers have been terminated. Attached is the New York Times recreation of the Taylor shooting.
Some call it either bunch shooting, contagious fire or synchronous fire. Approximately 75% of all police mistake of fact shootings occur as in this instance under low light conditions. In the stress of the moment LEOs fail to make a decision that deadly force is legally appropriate and justified and fire their blaster because other LEOs were firing.
Street Fighters must avoid doing something stupid because they are temporarily unnerved. They control their minds, emotions and actions; always thinking rationally, not emotionally. They do not allow themselves to become agitated or ruffled which is akin to walking on a razor's edge, and could result in injury, death or jail time.
Street Fighters must master the ability to fire fast accurate shots under extreme stress. under a wide awry of circumstances and in a dynamic, fluid environment. They have hard wired themselves to maintain their cool, to decisively react to the threat and shoot with one hundred percent accuracy. As opposed to the unskilled, panic shooter who spasmodically fires multiple shots that miss his attacker under the mistaken belief that simply squeezing the trigger and making his blaster go bang will save his life. The faster you finish the fight, the fewer your wounds. Gun battles are fluid calling for problem solving at high speed.
There are two primary ways to win a gun battle: either the Street Fighter hits with his first shot or, he finds cover, conserves his ammunition and returns accurate well aimed shots. The reasons gun battles are lost include: lack of preparation, panic or marksmanship failure. Do not let anger overcome reason.
You are legally responsible for every shot that you fire. Do not practice shooting faster than you are capable of making correct decisions. It is the continued existence of the threat that controls your trigger speed. Street Fighters must recognize there may come a time you may need a fast presentation from the holster but do not have the legal justification to drop the hammer. It behooves the Street Fighter to mix up some of his presentations absent the "bang." Tactics and techniques that you have to learn must be self-taught by spending time at the range. Without proper training, surviving a deadly force encounter becomes a matter of luck. You cannot go wrong with simple, basic hardcore training that has been tested in the crucible of combat.