October 16, 2020

Can't Be Done, Joe

Biden, during the Town Hall last night:

"So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg."

Look, let's break this down: Hitting a moving target is hard enough under the best of circumstances.  Actually, hitting a stationary target the size of a normal human leg is a decent enough challenge.  I know my shooter friends will agree: Sometimes, you simply MISS the target.  I'm talking about standing still, the leg-sized target not moving, no adrenaline dump, hands steady, good lighting, no distractions... 

Now, let's add some complicating factors: Bring in sub-optimal lighting.  Maybe the target is backlit, where there's a bright light shining in your general direction.  And let's get your hands shaking a bit and your heart rate up and perhaps some labored breathing:  So, we'll have you drink several cups of high-octane coffee and then sprint for 100 yards.  

At this point, I'll wager a bottle of good Scotch that fully 90% of "average" shooters will miss more often than not at hitting a STATIONARY human-leg-sized target.

Now make that target move.  

(And no, I'm not going to address the "shoot to kill" part... Cops are trained to shoot to stop the threat, not to kill.  You and I both know that.)


Old NFO said...

How many times did we miss the 'small' pop ups? And they are about the size of a human leg... sigh... If you have to shoot, you shoot to STOP the threat. Period.

Old 1811 said...

There's a video about, out of Iran, that shows a plainclothes cop shooting a knife-wielding guy in the leg. The bullet clipped the offender's femoral artery (oopsie!), and the offender sat down on the ground and bled to death in less than a minute. You can sit in the privacy and comfort of your living room and watch a guy die. Is anyone surprised that Joe Biden doesn't have the slightest idea what he's talking about?

Jeff B said...

"How many times did we miss the 'small' pop ups?"

Let's not talk about that, m'kay? ;-)