David wrote -
"I think the situations where the threat is not so clear cut that people have problems
answering straight forwardly (not to be confused with how one will in reality) -- the
drunk, the smiling face with the malevolent "air", the persistent/flirtatious stranger.
These are the situations where people go through a mental loop trying to figure out
if the three factors of "ability, opportunity and jeopardy" are converging into a life
threatening situation. Then to pose the possible ramifications in a court of law after taking action, the mind is spinning and the body freezes."
Excellent point. This is where the evade, talk, leave, disengage whatever strategy comes in. There is an option. Mas Ayoob wrote once that when he carried firearms he also carried a $20 bill wrapped around a quarter. That way if he was ever mugged he had the option of throwing money and disengaging. The point is (as Sanford Strong states) there is a plan in place, a decision made.
There is no option in the scenario. It is my duty as a man to fight to the death to
protect my loved ones. Five guys with Baseball bats seems to be quite an adversary
but a soldier empowered with a sense of duty is a force to be reckoned with.
Remember, the power will always flow to the path of least resistance. That is, the
one who is the true believer. Forget about all that science stuff.
Dying is a solution to be avoided. It is 'noble' to die for the cause but what about the survivors? True warriors/soldiers Plan to survive and take their children to a safer beach. This is what a true man's duty is! I have no idea what you mean by 'power flowing' and 'forget all that science stuff'. You cannot understand Uechi without a grounding in how the body works and the principles of force.
Last night I attended a course given by my areas police firearm instructor (he also instructs the SWAT team and is the former PT instructor). He stated almost verbatim what Canna sensie wrote! At late 40's the officier opted to go back to his beloved motorcycle patrol. At 53 he is looking forward to retiring in 2 years. He stated that the academy (the academy is one of the few accredited academies in the area. they teach most of the local forces. The other accredited academy is the state police. The course runs 6 months of intense police training) loses roughly 25-30% of the candidates. Many leave due to the volume of homework 5-6 hours nightly. Many leave due to the demands of physical daily training (that combined with the demands of homework).This challenges most candidates desires and determination. The last reason that candidates leave is that they cannot decide if they could pull the trigger and take a human life if need be!!! Look at the above carefully. Isn't that what some part of your training should be? Hard work, serious thought and a determined, decisive mind.
The second point he brought out was the aftermath of shooting, particularly in 'grey' shootings, a shooting where the officier was within the law, the policies of the dept., and tactics taught but still was a failed shooting. The infamous shooting of a 12 year old boy, toy pistol, dark hallway is the classical real life example. He stated that most of the officiers that come back after such a tramatic situation last on average 2-3 years. Their mind gets in the way, the self doubt clouds their ability to come to a pre-decision.
Finally, he gave a scenario much like the now infamous beach scenario. Home invasion, you retreat to your room with family (children,spouse etc). The invader starts banging down the door. You challenge "I have called the police, I have a gun, I will shoot to protect my family". The important thing that I picked up here was the "I will shoot to protect my family". The officier pointed out that the healing process will begin with that statement. When your children go to counceling after you splatter some derelict all over the hallway wall in front of them, this will be the phrase that the councelor starts with. When you put on your 'soldier' hat remember that it is not about you, it is about your responsibilities to others. The real battle begins after the use of judicious lethal force.