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On Killing - Section 3, Killing and Physical Distance: From a Distance You Don't Look Anything Like a Friend: Chapter 6, Killing at Hand-to-Hand Combat Range Summary & Analysis

Dave Grossman (author)
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Hand-to-hand combat distance is second only to the sexual distance in terms of being loaded or met with "counter energy," i.e., resistance to killing. Even when done for good reason, there is often a social mark upon those involved in fatal or non-fatal injury from a hand-to-hand type of encounter. In warfare combat, participants are given little choice, creating some of the most intense and personal experiences. Grossman emphasizes killing through putting "hard to soft" on the bodies of the combatants. The two examples that he uses are: hard parts of the hand or arm to soft parts of the throat of an opponent...

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