Here’s a helpful tip: Don’t panic!
After being shot, you can recover within minutes or hours.
Here’s what to do.
Read more: Read moreAbout this articlePart of what is known about the human body is that its tissue becomes damaged in response to trauma, such as gunshots or falls.
The more damage to the brain and spinal cord, the less likely the patient is to survive, says Dr. John Tkachuk, an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Tkachk says that in some cases, the body can recover from a bullet wound without scarring, but not if the bullet entered the spinal cord or brain.
“The damage is in the brainstem, not in the spinal column,” he says.
To help you make sense of the situation, here are some questions to consider:How do I know I’m safe?
You’ll want to know whether the bullet passed through the body, Tkaczuk says.
If so, you should also ask yourself, “Do I have the proper gear?”
Tkacsuk says that a bullet from an assault rifle would likely cause severe spinal damage, even though the bullet would have been only 0.5 to 0.6 inches (5 to 6 millimeters) long.
The damage would be less severe if the shot was from a shotgun, but he cautions against relying on a shotgun to kill someone.
A bullet from a .22-caliber rifle, for example, would likely penetrate a skull, but would be smaller than a .308 caliber weapon, which is generally smaller and less lethal.
If you’re considering getting shot, consider using a more durable weapon, like a belt holster, Tchouk says.
You might also want to consider whether you’re injured enough to require immediate medical attention.
If not, you could need to be hospitalized for several days or possibly longer, Tcharuk says, and you might not be able to get better.
Tchouk suggests that a shot from a rifle should be used when the attacker is armed, not when the person is not.
He suggests arming yourself with an extra belt holster for your weapon, and that you wear your firearm holstered when you’re outside, in a dark room or indoors.
Tcharuk advises getting your gun in good condition, and taking it to the range and firing a few rounds.
If possible, get the rifle unloaded, he says, but keep a .223 caliber rifle in the home.
Tchanak says that shooting someone is a bad idea unless there’s no other way to protect yourself.
“You might want to get a shotgun and then shoot the attacker in the back,” he advises.
The American Conservative