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Another Myth Exposed #2; The Bad Guys DO Practice, FBI Reports…

Oh wow…I just read an amazing report by the FBI.  These findings are just scary…something you NEED to consider when thinking about safety, self defense, risk reduction and just simple protection.

A 5 year study, conducted by the FBI about “Cop Attackers & Their Weapons” gathered 40 incidents, from a pool of 800, involving 43 offenders and 50 officers.  13  of the 43 offenders were admitted gangbangers-drug traffickers.  Interviewing the surviving officers and the offenders as well, with most of the offenders in prison.   Some information on their weapon selection, familiarity, transport and use by criminals attempting to murder law enforcement, is what we’ll talk about on this post.

Most of the weapons used by offenders were handguns.  All but one were obtained illegally, getting them on the street or by theft.  NONE of the firearms obtained by criminals were obtained at gun shows.  Apparently, only one of the offenders actually hand-picked the particular gun because he “felt it would do the most damage to a human being.”

The average age of when the offenders started carrying was 17 years old.  Although there were several who started between the ages of 9 to 12 years old.  The report found that most of them carried most of the time and it was the gang members who actually started carrying the youngest.

This part is scary…Nearly 40% of the offenders had some type of formal training with firearms, primarily from the military.  More than 80% of these offenders “regularly practiced with handguns, averaging 23 practice sessions a year.”  Usually practicing in places like trash dumps, rural woods, back yards and street corners known for drug-trafficking.  One offender was noted as saying that he was motivated to practice due to his belief that officers practice 2 to 3 times a week, and are trained to hit anything…

One offender mentioned that he fired 12 rounds and hit the officer 3 times, while the officer fired 7 times and all were misses.  More than 40% of the offenders had been involved in actual shooting confrontations before they assualted officers.  10 of these offenders had been in 5 or more firefights in their lifetime.  One reported that he was 14 when he was first shot on the street, however he was 18 before he was shot by a cop.  Another offender said that getting shot was a pivotal time in his life, that he has since decided that he had made up his mind that “no one was gonna shoot me again.”

Concealment was another subject that was addressed in the report.  Most of the time the offenders hid their guns in the inside of their pants, inside the belt near the groin area.  The small of the back was almost tied, but came in second place.  Some other places were used, but mostly by females.  Inside their vehicles, they were most likey to carry under the seat while at a residence they carried under their pillow or bedside somewhere.

Most of the criminals carried most of the time.  Whether at home or social events, committing crimes or even at work.    When arrested, the report found that female officers were more likely to search more thoroughly than male officers and that in prison, the offenders were more fearful to have contraband on them when there was a female CO on duty.  This also mentioned that today…there are more females carrying then ever before.  Since officers consider females “less of a threat” then males, that fact is scary.

The shooting style of about 60% of the offenders used a “point and shoot” method, not using their sights at all, claiming they were “instinctive shooters.”  “They practice getting the gu out and using it.  They shoot for effect” said Davis, or as one offender put it, “We’re not working with no marksmanship…We just putting it in your direction, you know…It don’t matter…as long as it’s gonna hit you…if it’s up at your head or your chest, down at your legs, whatever…Once I squeeze adn you fall, then…if I want to execute you, then I could go from there.”

The hit rate is pretty scary when you think about it.  Nearly 70% of offenders were successful in their hit ratio, compared to about 40% of the officer victims.  In all but about 3 cases, they found that the offenders fired first in each situation, which could account for their high hit ratio.

Quite a few of the officers who could have used deadly force, decided not to.  “It appeared that none of these officers were wiling to use deadly force against an offender if other options were available,” the researchers concluded.  The mind-set of the offenders was totally different then that of the officers.  A “shoot-first” mentality, they can go down the street saying how beautiful a day it is…to killing someone the next instant!

If this doesn’t get you thinking about defending yourself, your family and others, then nothing will.  Having your mindset is everything…that falls directly inline with Jeff Coopers color code of the mind set danger factor…

These reports are frightening and very real…this is the world we live in.  It may not be this bad in most places where we live, but we must remember that anything can happen pretty much anywhere.  So check your six and refuse to be a victim.

Steve Beckstead

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