(Don’t be this guy, watch at your own risk)
This is an easy win. Cardiovascular disease (which includes Heart Disease, Stroke and other Cardiovascular Diseases) is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 787,000 people in 2011.
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE KILLS WAY MORE PEOPLE THAN HOMICIDE
Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. In the United States, someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone dies from a heart disease-related event.
There are roughly 32,000 gun deaths per year in the United States. Of those, around 60% are suicides. About 3% are accidental deaths (between 700-800 deaths). About 34% of deaths (just over 11,000 in both 2010 and 2011) make up the remainder of gun deaths and are classified as homicides. According to FBI statistics, there were 12,664 homicides in the US in 2011.
12,664 homicides vs. 787,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease.
If you live in a safer area and don’t gang bang, your chances of being a homicide victim drop.
According to the Chicago Police Department almost 80% of gun related homicides are gang related. In 2015, 506 homicides occurred in the city of Chicago.
Approximately 106 homicides in Chicago, in 2015, could be classified as non-gang related homicides. 2.719 million people live in Chicago. Do the math.
It is important to prepare to not be the victim of a homicide. Train with your firearms. Train BJJ, boxing, MMA. Integrate these skills within a weapons based enviroment and pressure test.
IF YOU TRAIN WITH FIREARMS AND TRAIN MARTIAL ARTS, IT MAKES NO SENSE TO BE OUT OF SHAPE
If you prepare to protect yourself from violent death, it only makes sense to protect yourself from the most likely cause of death, cardiovascular disease.
According to the American Heart Association cardiovascular training significantly impacts rates of heart disease and significantly impacts survivability.
So, independent of the performance benefits of cardiovascular training, LSD training and dietary discipline has a significantly greater chance of saving your life than training with firearms and martial arts.