Watch Mojo presents Top 5 brutal facts about getting shot. They begin by showing a series of clips from movies, including “The Expendables” where a villain rapidly fires a machine gun at the heroes. The narrator states that in this installment, they’re counting down 5 random fact you probably didn’t know about getting shot.
Number five, women are more likely to survive a gunshot. A 2010 study found that women are 14% more likely than men to survive a traumatic injury. The researchers say that this appears to be the result of female sex hormones, however a 2005 study found that women experience more pain than men, owing to the fact that they have, on average, double the density of nerve fibers. So, while ladies may do better in the long run, it’s going to hurt more in the meantime.
Number four, tiny details make a big difference. Obviously, getting shot in the hand is not as dangerous as getting shot in the chest. But even the tiniest change in the speed of the bullet, its bearing and its type all have a major impact on the resulting injury. For instance, getting hit on the left side of the heart will cause much more internal bleeding than getting hit on the right side. The opposite is true for the liver. Of course, a high-velocity bullet like one fired from a rifle may do more damage than a low-velocity bullet from a handgun. But that slower bullet could have some wobble to its trajectory, making it do more damage as it passes through tissue.
Number three, nanotechnology could have saved you. Just keep in mind, Kevlar doesn’t block the force of the bullet so much as spread it out, so you’re still going to get a pretty strong blast. The next generation of anti-ballistic technology uses carbon nanotubes, which research shows actually have the potential to rebound bullets.
Number two, getting shot will probably bankrupt you. Movies and TV make getting shot look simple; if you’re tough and you can find a doctor, or a veterinarian, you’ll be fine in the next scene. However, while filling out insurance papers and paying hospital bills doesn’t make great TV, recovering from a bullet wound is really expensive, especially if you live in someplace like the United States. A series investigating the true cost of gun violence found that one victim’s cost were almost $170,000, and while most was covered by health insurance, he still paid $20,000 out of pocket. Besides that, you might have to pay thousands for anti-depressants and therapy, or modifications to your home. And things like taking time out for reconstructive surgery might affect your ability to earn money, or get a job.
Number one is that there are worse things to get shot with than a gun. Particle accelerators, for example, make the smallest amount of matter travel at about the speed of light. In 1978, Soviet scientist Anatoly Bugorski was trying to fix a particle accelerator when it zapped him in the face. The protons instantly burned a hole right through his brain. Doctors expected him to die, but not only did he survive, he finished his PhD, continued working in the same lab and remained alive for a long time.
The moral of the story is simply: don’t get shot.