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Old May 3, 2012, 11:47 AM   #8
Evan Thomas
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A shot to the brainstem, or the top of the spinal cord, will instantly incapacitate someone, but if I were the hostage, I'd really rather you didn't take the shot. That's a very small target (an inch or so), and even if you hit it, that's still a finger on the trigger. Even without reflexive movement, who's to say what the gun might catch on as the hostage-taker is falling?

And, Brian, if you shoot him in the hippocampus, that won't prevent reflexive movements -- he just won't remember what happened.

I just read a crime novel in which one of the cops at a hostage-taking scene got the BG to take his finger off the trigger by telling him there was a bee in his hair... then she shot him. (Fiction is a wonderful thing...)
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