Instrument of Death

M156_gun.jpgWith an upsurge in crime rates across the city, I like many often wonder how we may actually react when a pistol is shoved into our face, many times I have resolutely decided never to resist for the sake of ones life but in a state of panic the mind reacts in a very strange way, read this narration from Khurram Siddiqui’s Blog for a very good insight on how the mind works in a crisis.

A few days ago my friend had an experience that many living in Karachi dread – mugging. The mugger took his cell phone at gunpoint. He placed his chromed pistol in front of my friend’s face, to which thankfully, my friend did not react aggressively. Soon after the incident I had a chat my friend and he told me that he felt frustrated because he “did not do anything.” But, of course, he realizes like most of us that any retaliation could lead to disaster.

According to Dave Grossman, author of ‘On Killing’, the optimal state is when the heart rate is between 115 and 145 beats per minute. “After 145,” Grossman says, “bad things begin to happen. Complex motor skills start to break down. At 175, we begin to see an absolute breakdown of cognitive processing. The forebrain shuts down, and the mid-brain — the part of your brain that is the same as your dog (all mammals have that part of the brain) — reaches up and hijacks the forebrain.”

Read the entire post at Khurram Siddiqui

13 Comments so far

  1. turab (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 10:29 pm

    good read

  2. Sooban (unregistered) on April 29th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    we i got mugged in “star line” on my way back , doing my mom a favour, shopin for my lil bro, on guy flashed this silver gun , and the other started chkin my pockets. i thot they were jus messing, one said, mobile do. i motion him to leave me alone, ” jao , nahi hai” cause i thot the gun was a lighter, it was glitery enuf, he takes out the gun and half-loads it , points it at my head, such close range, i was siting on the seat and he standin by me, in a crowded bus. the moment the gun touches me , i hold it by the muzzle and point it towards the other guy ..reflex action. someone tries to strangle me , and during tht time, the guy snatches away the gun from my grip. now this is whr i hear my mom say, if they ask for your cell , give it to them. so i say ok , take the cell, jus give me the sim. they take out the sim and then get off the bus .
    did i mention they surely dint luk like your normal thugs. weak, untrained, didnt evn load the gun .

    i wasnt thinkin.
    you dont think then.
    its pure reflexes.

  3. wasiq (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 3:37 am

    TM! did you see the sci-tech world of Dawn today ? your name and efforts are mentioned in the cover story.

  4. khanana (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 9:03 am

    Yeah .. should always be ready to handover your car or cell or wtevr they ask…

    talk about mugging and gun point experiences .. :)

    man go and ask anyone in Karachi….. you will find every second person having this experience atleast once in his life or knowing someone closely who had such experience.
    I myself lost my car once on gunpoint……. one of my friend died in similar incident and I still wonder what happened with him? He was the one who taught me not to resist and never try slightest smartness in such situation..
    Khair.. may God bless him and keep us all in peace ..

  5. MB (unregistered) on April 30th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    Very right Khanana. Every second person has an experience like that. And rightly so, there is no need to resist. Because life is more precious then any other thing in the world and second the society we live in, we cannot expect police nearby (in some cases) to help us.

    Are you talking about this link :

    TM : How about posting a topic covering that article?

  6. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 3:41 am

    You are scaring us of Karachi…

  7. original-anon (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 7:06 am

    Doc, this is not related to the post but can you please shed light on why you and El Capitan (Umar) have decided to block my good friend Poo Poo Head? I find it very hard to believe that you, the self proclaimed champion of freedom of expression, would take such an action.

  8. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on May 1st, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

    @ Original Anon – KMB has never maintained an open door / free speech policy, and since it is a privately owned website the owners try to maintain a certain level of decorum on the discussion taking place on this blog, sadly this was being actively violated by PPH and others despite repeated requests to cool down.

    I personally have exchanged a few interesting emails with Poo Poo Head after the incident and he is fully aware of our stance. I am a strong propagator of free speech, and permit all levels of discussion at my own personal blog (But I still edit/delete any type of profanity at my own discretion). Let bygones be bygones

  9. MB (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 4:47 am

    @TM : I fully agree to what you said. Its dangerous to hand over freedom to those who humiliate it. PPH can make a nice and decent come back. He is always welcome if he can respect the decorum of KMB. Why not be constructive or attack in a manner that doest harm the respect. A “friendly fire” will be okay as well i guess. Lolz

  10. khanana (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    lol @ friendly fire


  11. khanana (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    By the way no need to be scared of Karachi…
    Like other metropolitan cites Karachi is going through similar issues, last month a friend got mugged outside his hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa and lost everything he had including cash, cell, laptop, watch etc. It’s not just in Karachi, safety measures are needed everywhere. The only dilemma we have is our great law enforcement authorities, their pretty cool responsive and congenial attitude. We can simply hope and pray for their betterment.

  12. Noman (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    Hi Anon my old friend , how are you doing ?? I have been very busy lately but still come here to have a good laugh. Just came back from Chicago yesterday, it was all raining there and here its all extremely sunny. I am tired of all this now !!!!

    TM, I would never accept it that I violated rules , what ever people or you think of me , I don’t care. I know that some people posted some comments about Hashmi/Huma Mir with my name but those who have been reading my comments know that PPH never hit below the belt.

    MB: I am trying to make a “nice and decent” come back, please forgive me. I won’t ever say any thing bad , please give me one more chance. You are such a good person and when ever I see any post or cmment from you , I feel so embrassed and just feel like doing suicide. I wish I could be more like you. Please advice me what should I do to emulate you ?? I am asking you very seriously , I know people would be laughing while reading but let them laugh, just make me your student. I would do what ever you say … please please

    Has any one seen DarthWader lately ??? I miss my star wars hero …

  13. original-anon (unregistered) on May 4th, 2006 @ 7:52 am

    @Poooooo, so good to see you here again – please do try ard to make a good and decent comeback:) Don’t you know this place needs you so bad. It has been so darned boring without you.But the doc says you know where you went wrong because you have exchanged emails with him, so please mend your ways quickly.
    @TM: You are darn right this blog has never maintained a ‘free speech, open door policy’.This may be a privately owned company but it is a US based company and freedom of speech is taken very seriously in the USA; not just given lip service and used selectively as in the land of the Pure. I do not, no not buy any of your arguments. I have read all of Poo’s comments, been irritated by them at times, found them inane at times but never, never did he violate the ‘decorum’ here; Come on man, who are you kidding? This blog is rife with bad language,expletives, ethnic and racial slurs, how come you do not block any of those?
    @MB: Please go back and read your own comments on your first post and you will see that you used very bad language and totally violated the ‘decorum’ of the blog. You have used the ethnic slur ‘Paki’ just recently; and I would be worried about a defamation lawsuit on the blood lab post you just made. Don’t you think posting chain mails without verifying the facts violates the rules here?

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