I remember in a post long ago someone (an present or former cop) said that violent criminals tend to be very poor shots. It makes perfect sense to me that people who aren't allowed to own guns couldn't practice in the light of day and thus couldn't gain any competence, while law abiding citizens who practice could easily outshoot criminals. My mother keeps insisting that most people who commit violent crimes were raised with guns and practiced with them, and I think it's bullcrap. People raised with guns are taught to respect them. Another question is if criminals are indeed poor shots, is it a wise course of action for an armed citizen to stand still in the path of fire in order to make one deadly shot, given adequte distance of course, say 25 feet.