Thread: pistolwhipping
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Old October 17, 2005, 05:55 PM   #4
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Is pistolwhipping considered deadly force?
Deadly force: that degree of force a reasonable and prudent person would consider capable of causing death or grave bodily harm (eg maiming or crippling injury).

Beating someone upside the head with a hefty piece of metal is likely to knock them unconscious, cause brain damage, or kill them. Any reasonable and prudent person knows that (as you do yourself; your post said so).

Therefore, yes. Pistolwhipping is deadly force.

Incidentally, it's a bad idea to use a loaded gun for beating someone. You could shoot your eye out.

Kathy Jackson
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