Originally Posted by DeltaF
I think those who have killed before have an easier time of it. LEOs and Military use fairly similar desensitization tactics for deadly force training. They're nothing special. Lots of gory photos, using silhouettes instead of bullseyes, training with simunitions etc.
plus lots of running with full packs, lots of target practice, and when going into combat, you know that the people shooting at you are trying to kill you. they train soldiers to survive and to kill their enemy before he kills them. plus many times in combat, the soldier has team mates watching their back.
in the civilian use of SD shooting, the only objective is to survive the encounter in whatever possible way. whether it's wounding or killing the attacker is irrelevent. what matters is being alive in the end, and the attacker no longer poses a threat. IMO, i really don't care whether the BG lives or dies, only that i'm alive when it's over with.