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Seventeen million crimes occurring at schools, colleges and universities were reported from the year 2000 to the year 2004. The most commonly used weapon? Besides their own bodies, people typically used knives. The FBI studied violence on school campuses, finding that out of 558,000 on campus crimes, about 11,000 involved a knife or a blade of some sort, and about 3,400 involved a firearm.

According to Star Tribune of Minnesota,

• About 96 percent of the crimes in which an arrest was made were assaults or acts of intimidation.

• The most common culprits were 13- to 15-year-olds, who accounted for 38 percent of those arrested for which age was known.

•Year after year, October was the month in which the most crimes occurred.

• More than half of all campus crimes involved acquaintances.

• About 7.5 percent involved an attack by a stranger.

As made clear by these studies, self defense is not just about learning how to fight an attacker. These attackers do not always just have their fists and feet working toward them. Many times they have a gun or a blade. People need to learn how to defend themselves against armed and unarmed attackers.

Front Sight Firearms Training Institute near Las Vegas, Nevada offers these self defense courses. Dr. Ignatius Piazza founded the institute, as well as directs it now, after a drive by shooting occurred in his neighborhood. At that time he realized that even though he owned guns, he had never had proper gun training so that he could protect himself and his family in the face of an attack.  Front Sight focuses on firearms training, offering courses in handgun training, rifle training, shotgun training and automatic weapons training, but also gives students the chance to learn other forms of self defense. These courses include edged weapons training, defensive driving training, rappelling and climbing training, child safety training, youth safety training and martial arts training. Students can choose from this wide variety of classes in order to get the most personalized program possible. 

In the real world, your attackers are not going to be stuffed men with bright yellow X's drawn out on different parts of their bodies. They are not going to come up to you and say something like, "Okay. Are you ready to protect yourself? I am going to come at you with a left hook."  Having good self defense skills means you can handle situations at a moment's notice.  Front Sight can give you those skills. Cody E. Smith, a student of Front Sight, said, "If you own a gun or plan to own a gun, don't you think you should know how to use it? I have a tremendous knowledge of firearms and a lot of experience shooting them, but I did not truly know how to use them until I came to Front Sight. If you want to learn how to truly use a firearm, not just shoot it at a target range, you need to go to Front Sight."

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