I’ve heard only pansies use guns to fight, real men use their fists. Guns don’t take any skill, anyone can pull a trigger, but it takes real skill to use your body as a weapon, right? Well, this isn’t really true. Using guns to fight, just as using your fists, can be as in depth or as sloppy as you want it to be. You have people who think they can shoot because at 50 meters they can hit a watermelon, just as you have people who think they can fight because they won a drunken bar fight once. Ego has a big role in this unfounded view of reality. Then you have true experts in their fields, Chris Weidman is to fighting as a sniper is to shooting, both are experts who are very technical and precise.
Now if you go off the basis of just trying to kill another person, well no friggin’ crap, a gun is going to be a lot easier to kill with than your fists, but to be an expert at either takes true skill. Comparing the two is a little unfair because they are completely different styles of fighting that incorporate completely different tactics and skill sets. To argue for guns though, if you don’t put a bullet in the right spot it isn’t going to kill anyone and if you can’t keep your cool while firing under pressure you aren’t going to hit anything either. Shooting at a range is COMPLETELY different than engaging in combat. For one, targets don’t shoot back. It doesn’t matter how great you are at the range, if you can’t handle yourself while getting shot at then your time in combat will be cut short. On the flip side- the same goes for using your fists. You can hit bag as hard as you want all day long and have amazing precision and form, but all of that doesn’t mean a thing if you crumble when the fists start flying back at you. My point to all of this is the deadliness of one versus the other doesn’t matter, to be great at either takes training, dedication, experience and skill and that is something to be respected.