Post Traumatic What

gunA couple of years ago, Delaware Online ran an article with the attempt to a reach a conclusion that using a gun in the act of self preservation could lead to some emotional setback such as post traumatic disorder.

The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD, which I will refer to from now on, as “type of anxiety disorder that’s triggered by a traumatic event. You can develop post-traumatic stress disorder when you experience or witness an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror.”

Anyway, the article profiled a young man who was forced to shoot his attacker and is now dealing with the aftereffects. The young man, 21, described how he was forced to shoot a would be robber in November of 2009. The writer, Ira Porter, documented the attack this way, “I never shot a gun before that”; I never held one.”

The attacker, 17 year old Diamere Brady, ran up from behind and wrestle his victim to the ground, but during the struggle our young man grabbed Brady’s gun and fired. “The first time I shot him in the groin, but he was still trying to grab the gun away from me ; I shot him again in the side.” Brady ran away but was later caught by the police.

The article through its comments was attempting to link PSTD to this incident but even though our surviving victim was glad Brady did not die he showed no remorse or doubt in his actions. He even acted on the presumption that his attacker was still able to him harm and fired a second shot.

But the paper in this attempt failed miserably because while there may be stress in regards to the attack itself, all of his described fears as stated by Patrick Key seemed related only to the attack and not the fact that they successfully defended themselves.

Besides, the obvious conclusion that I draw on the subject is that the stress and anxiety that come with surviving such an encounter sure beat the alternative.

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