According to his own words, there’s no hiding what Joe Biden would do if he were a law enforcement officer according to his answer during an ABC News town hall on Thursday night.
Biden told an audience, “Instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.” He continued, “You can ban chokeholds … you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances.”
“Shoot em in the leg” is based on a false assumption that a “leg shot” won’t be fatal, while an upper-body gunshot wound will be fatal. A well-known surgeon who has had hundreds of patients with gunshot wounds explains that a leg shot that hits an artery has a similar death rate to a middle body shot.
Of course, the caliber of the bullet, time until medical help is available, the individual’s health is all critical factors, and “just” the location of the entrance and exit wounds. Shooting an individual “in the leg” in no way guarantees survival.
Clearly Joe knows absolutely nothing about making those split-second decisions where the use of a firearm would be warranted. If you are using your firearm, the situation calls for that level of force; otherwise, you use less-lethal alternatives. Law enforcement officers are not trained to maim people to de-escalate a situation. If lethal force (meaning the use of a weapon) is used, it is to Stop the imminent loss of life, not try and figure out which leg to shoot or which part of the leg would be less traumatic.
As the police officers explain, it just makes for a much smaller target, decreasing police chances and increasing the chances for the criminal who “won’t” be aiming for the officer’s legs. When a suspect pulls a gun, he needs to understand his deadly threat will be met with a deadly defense.
We all know the former Vice President was never a police officer or has had training, so when Police officers and law enforcement groups heard this, they immediately sprang into the conservation decrying the proposal as dangerous and ignorant.
Anyone who wants to be an armchair police officer on this issue and claim that cops are poorly trained if they can’t hit someone in the leg needs to go to a shooting range and try firing a gun at a target that’s 20ft away and see if it’s as easy as they make it look in the movies. Keep in mind that the movies don’t show you the challenges of accurately hitting your target when dealing with recoil and adrenaline and then hitting a moving target.
I have an idea that should prove his point. Even now, he has Secret Service Protection. The Secret Service protecting Biden must be ordered only to shoot anyone attacking Biden in the leg. This way, he can make his point on the advantages of such actions. Maybe Trump should help him out and make a declaration that this should take place as Biden wants.
Biden should have to pay for the wrongful deaths of citizens and law enforcement if they fail to knock down the criminals in the first place. Those who have failed to kill the gunman have been sued along with the communities. Pres. Trump should make an Executive Order preventing Law Enforcement and their agencies, including the cities, from liability, which is such an act to take place.
Here’s a novel idea. Why don’t we hold the criminals accountable for their violent crimes to the full extent of the law rather than pander to them, make excuses for them, and try to turn them into victims and martyrs? By far, the vast majority of law enforcement who put themselves in harm’s way every day are not criminals.
Let us put Biden or the critics of our police departments into any situations that our officers were placed in and had to discharge their weapon. Let us see what their reactions are. Let us see if they automatically shoot a suspect in the leg while they are fleeing.
When you are shooting a bullet at someone, it is never a less than lethal response. Shooting them in the leg, arm, or the left ear is just a foolish feel good thought. I am not saying that all police shootings are justified, but when they do shoot, it should be in response to a life-threatening situation, and shooting to wound is not an option.
Quit criticizing our police. Let’s support them!
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