This is variation on the above theme. If you are not justified in killing someone, you should not be shooting at them. Besides, none of us are that good of a shot, particularly under stress. The really disturbing part is that every so often, people seriously suggest that police should "shoot to wound" instead of "shooting to kill." It is hard enough to get effective central nervous system or cardiac complex hits when you are in a gunfight, now they expect you to be able to "just wing 'em" like in the movies? And if you do manage to just wound them, how does that guarantee that the attack will stop?
We all know of many cases where the bad guy was so pumped up on adrenaline, drugs or whatever, that they were bullet sponges. Too many good people have died because they thought the fight was going to be over with the first rounds fired. Any peripheral hits that occur in most gunfights are the result of stress, poor marksmanship, or sudden movements of the participants, not from deliberate attempts to be "non-lethal." This "shoot to wound movement" is particularly ironic because the people who think this is a good idea are usually the same people who don't have an ounce of respect for police officers in the first place, but suddenly, they have great confidence in their marksmanship. Or, maybe they are just looking for scapegoats.
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...or seven or 10 or 17. Take your pick. People who say this have never studied the dynamics of gunfights and probably have never been in any. There is no such thing as too much ammunition. The amount we carry is, like our handguns, a compromise, but it is better to err on the side of too much than too little. "It's better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it." There is a reason why officers patrolling our southwestern border areas are now carrying double the customary pair of spare magazines for their duty pistols. I'll bet they would like to be carrying more than just four sometimes. The bad guys are working in teams now, and not just on the border.
Recently we had an armed robbery at a jewelry store here in our small, rural North Florida town. Three robbers entered the store and a fourth was the wheel man. They were all apprehended a short distance away while fleeing the area, but had there been a confrontation in the store, one magazine (or revolver cylinder) full may not have been enough. Another reason to have extra magazines is that you may have to remove one to clear a malfunction. If you only have the one in the gun, getting the gun cleared and back in the fight is much more difficult. A key element of street survival is being able to anticipate the various attacks that may be encountered. If a person has decided to attack you, they already have demonstrated that they are not good at making rational decisions. It will be up to you to make sure the attack ends quickly and in your favor.
These are only a few examples of the things that people say to me nearly every day. It is tempting to just shrug them off, except for the fact that someone's life may be profoundly altered by making decisions based on poor thinking. As the comedian Ron White says: "You can't fix stupid." Sometimes we have to try. The challenge is to turn a stupid comment into a smart decision.