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Old February 24, 2012, 04:54 PM   #26
Frank Ettin
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Edavis456
If you have had training why not just shoot the person in the knee or leg with all that time at the range and this is what you get out going to the range to take a life. I would think its to sharpen your skills shot the guy in the leg or arm he still has a chance of bleeding out but atleast you know you didnt shoot'em in one of the kill area's. Just something to think about dont be another gun happy cop that see's a reason to to kill someone. Officer's are suppose to wound the person not go for a kill shoot thats what their trained to do serve & protect i hope.
Let's go through this is some detail and look at some of the reasons that this view is all wrong.
  1. Quote:
    If you have had training why not just shoot the person in the knee or leg with all that time at the range and this is what you get out going to the range to take a life.
    1. Those of us who have had training know how difficult it is to make a precision shot like this quickly and under stress.

    2. We've also been trained to understand that missing a shot increases the likelihood of hitting an innocent by mistake. That is something to be avoided.

    3. And no, our training and practice is not about taking a life. It's about effectively stopping an attack to protect our life or the life of a loved one.

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    ...I would think its to sharpen your skills shot the guy in the leg or arm he still has a chance of bleeding out but atleast you know you didnt shoot'em in one of the kill area's....
    1. Again we sharpen our skills to increase our chances of being effective in a dynamic and dangerous situation.

    2. The point is to have the best chance of stopping a potentially lethal attack.

    3. Do you understand peripheral hits might not in fact stop an aggressor? Do you understand how being shot can stop a fight? See this post for a more detailed explanation.

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    ...Officer's are suppose to wound the person not go for a kill shoot thats what their trained to do...
    1. Why do you believe that?

    2. That is not in fact how LEOs are trained. They are trained to shoot to stop a threat.

    3. For a detailed explanation of how shooting can stop a threat, see the post linked to in 2. c., above.
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