Gun Therapy

Gun Therapy is the art and science of teaching you how to take responsibility for your own personal protection. Responsible gun ownership is healthy behavior. Gun Therapy is about teaching principles of personal defense, how to be a responsible gun owner, and how to become a self-reliant and responsible human being.

Gun Therapy is about teaching you how to communicate and negotiate to avoid conflict if possible, and how to stand up for yourself. It is about learning and teaching good manners. To borrow a phrase from Robert Heinlein, “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

Gun Therapy is about learning how to fight if necessary and winning! You can only successfully avoid a fight if you know how to fight, and you are prepared to fight if you have no other option.

Gun Therapy is about learning the “force continuum”. It begins with body language that projects self-confidence and moves to employing assertive verbal commands when necessary. The ante is upped if you have to use less than lethal force to solve a violent social conflict, and it goes all the way to the gravest of extremes which is the use of deadly force. This gravest of extremes, which is the top of the force continuum, is your last option to save your life or the life of someone under the mantle of your protection, in the face of an imminent threat of deadly force.

Gun ownership education is therapeutic and it spells S-U-R-V-I-V-A-L. Hence the term “Gun Therapy.”

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Dr. Bruce Eimer practices Gun Therapy and appointments are available to discuss how Gun Therapy can be tailored to meet your needs.  The following are some of the reasons to book an appointment for Gun Therapy:

  1. People who have physical disabilities which include, chronic pain syndromes and physical conditions that limit their mobility and use of their hands and legs, can benefit from learning to shoot. Adaptations can be made to accommodate people with various physical disabilities.
  2. Shooting is fun and can become a worthwhile hobby.
  3. Recreational shooting can be therapeutic psychologically and physically.
  4. Learning to shoot can also make it possible for people with and without physical disabilities to feel more confident about themselves and their ability to defend themselves.
  5. Gun Therapy is frequently indicated when spouses or life partners disagree about the desirability of keeping guns in the house.
  6. When one partner doubts the gun safety consciousness of the other, gun therapy is indicated.
  7. Gun Therapy is frequently indicated when someone has been charged with, or convicted of, “aggravated” or “simple assault”.  In such cases, the Judge, or the District Attorney, may require a psychological evaluation and a gun safety assessment and gun safety instructional session in order to allow the individual defendant to keep his or her carry permit or guns.
  8. Gun Therapy is often indicated when someone has had their guns lost or stolen because they have not adequately secured them from unauthorized hands.
  9. Gun Therapy is often indicated when someone has experienced the tragedy of having had someone close, such as a spouse, life partner, parent, or child, die by suicide with a gun.
  10. Gun Therapy is often indicated if a person is applying for legal expungement of a “gun disability”. For example, anyone who has been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital at some point in their lives is prohibited from owning firearms unless their mental health record is expunged.  Documenting a session or two of Gun Therapy is useful in such cases.

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