Should you carry a gun when jogging alone?
SAN ANTONIO - When you're out for a jog, what do you think would protect you from an attacker the most: a stick or a gun? Safety experts tell us it depends how trained you are.
We talked to a woman who is a member of law enforcement and a former Secret Service agent with more than 14 years of experience in armed close-combat training. She and an instructor at STW Krav Maga where she trains ran through some drills to show us the skill-set needed to successfully draw a gun on a potential attacker.
“The hardest part is actually getting to your weapon and getting that grip on there," said the woman, who wants to remain anonymous.
In September, I posted a simulated attack in a park, and a lot of people commented about the need for women to carry a gun. As a gun owner myself, I wanted to know: what's better -- a stick or a gun?
“I hear this all the time,” said Pete Hardy, owner of STW Krav Maga. "’Oh, I'll just shoot him.’Really? Inside this box right here? Think about it: Right now, you have concealed carry and all of sudden, I'm on you. The odds of you pulling out your weapon are slim -- I'm gonna take it and stick it up your nose.”
Once again, Pete put me to the test -- this time, with an empty Glock they use here for training. I had to try to get to my gun and fire it. In every simulation, I wasn't even close. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be. Even the officer couldn't get to her gun every time.
“All the components that have to happen under stress for you to get that weapon out of your holster, get it up, get it on target and then be willing to take a human life,” he explained. “Everybody forgets that part -- be willing take a human life.”
“Bottom line,” Pete says, “to fight with a gun, you need to train with one at least once a week with a human -- not at a gun range.”
"You're not gonna get what you get at the range, which is shooting a paper that is no threat. And they're killing paper -- fully extend your arms out and shoot paper," he said. "You're talking about a violent confrontation. You haven't trained a day in your life."
Which is exactly why he says, unless you're highly trained, your odds may be better with the stick that's already in your hand.
For more information about self-defense training, go to krav-maga-san-antonio.com.