You won’t always win in a gunfight for your life. And even if you do, you might get shot in the process. Getting shot isn’t like movies or TV. Television series don’t only condense down the extremely long process of catching and convicting criminals. They also give the impression that a gunshot wound is either no big deal if you’re the good guy or fatal if you’re the bad guy.

Real-Life Example

After a burglary incident at his residence in Teague, Texas, Doug Hurst returned home to be woken early the next morning to another burglary attempt. Hurst encountered three people coming through his door and retaliated with his self-defense firearm. After being shot in the abdomen, Hurst returned fired, killing one attacker and scaring off the other two.

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Though he survived the immediate gunfight, Hurst died of his wounds. While a tourniquet can be a lifesaver for injuries to the extremities, bleeding wounds to the head, torso or abdomen are not easily treated without emergency help. Surgery is the only way to stop abdominal bleeding.

More Than Meets the Eye

As terrible as the physical pain may be, it is often accompanied by psychological pain. It is not uncommon for patients in the intensive care unit who have come through trauma to not remember anything about their incident for a few days following the event. If the memory returns at all, it may come as scary flashbacks, and there are likely permanent scars.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can cause insomnia, high blood pressure and other physical symptoms. This is why police officers shot in the line of duty are frequently unable to return to their jobs. Every time someone sends a round into someone else, there is an emotional price to be paid for that action.