Sunday, December 13, 2015

Recommended Reading

My brother Dave Wilder keeps us informed and challenged on a regular basis on his Think Wilder blog. This weekend, his first topic is the increased FBI involvement in local police shootings. I've been disgusted, embarrassed, and enraged as I've watched the videos that have surfaced online over this matter. There is never a good excuse to shoot someone who is threatening you with deadly force, when a wounding will end their threat, in my opinion. Self-defense does not have to end in a killing. If it was an isolated incident, I would think it's just a coincidence, but when suspects are shot with a full magazine, something needs to happen in the officer's head to change it from "destroy this person" to "stop this threat." Those are different goals, and will result in different actions.

I say this as someone who has never been in a life-threatening situation involving firearms, but I find it hard to believe that the police academies of this land are all teaching new recruits that the only way to stop a threat is to empty your weapon into the kill zone.