"Why don't people acting in self defense aim for somewhere safe, like the leg?"
First of all, if you're in a high adrenaline self-defense situation you want to be absolutely sure every shot lands where you want to. This is why one of the first things you're taught in a firearm safety or self defense course is no fancy shots. You don't aim for the leg for the same reason you generally don't attempt head shots or shooting weapons out of hands: You are much more likely to miss and hit something (or someone) else.
Second of all,
Stop telling people that there's a "safe place" to shoot somebody.
There’s no 24-hour news coverage for this story. There’s no tearful press conference. There’s no memorial full of flowers and stuffed animals. There’s no outrage.
Because this time, a good woman with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun, and no one else was hurt.
I am so glad that woman had her pistol. She did exactly the right thing - she shot the guy before he could hurt anyone.
You won’t see these stories, because there really isn’t much of a story. Only one person died, and it was the bad guy. Move on, go about your day.
The media will convince you that America has a “gun violence problem,” despite the U.S. being NUMBER ELEVEN for deaths per capita from mass public shootings out of just Europe, U.S., and Canada.
Yet stories like this one happen every day, as many as 1.67 million times in 2021 (in fact, that averages to 4,575 per day), where a gun owner defends themselves or their family using their firearm against a would-be attacker.
It is FAR more common for a responsible gun owner to defend themselves against an attacker than for a crazy person to commit a mass public shooting.
This is the only opinion to have on self defense.
Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American… The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people. - Tench Coxe
Heavily armed Black Panthers outside the California State Capitol in 1967.
If you wanna be mean online, first try one of the following:
do 10 push ups
do 15 crunches
do 10 calf lifts
do 5 squats (careful of your form)
look up gun registration/licensing laws in your area
sign up for a self defense class
sign up for a martial arts class
look up cool knives online