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    they'd soil their undergarments and shoot themselves in the leg trying to draw their weapon, then take out three or four bystanders whilst engaging the threat.  And if two armed Samaritans happened to be in the area and both drew weapons, they'd probably be gunning each other down with no way to tell friend from foe.

    Fear, adrenaline, fog of war, etc.  This shit is complicated even for people who have trained extensively, and even the professionals fuck it up sometimes.  The idea that an untrained civilian is going to be cool and competent in a firefight approaches absurdity.

    And these skills are perishable.  It's been years since I had a military assignment that required me to strap on weapons and armor and present myself to be shot at.  If I tried to do it today without at least a few weeks of refresher training, the result would not be pretty.  I can admit that about myself because I'm realistic about these things, and I've learned humility.  Vigilante fantasists have none of that.  Also, now that I look at it, Vigilante Fantasists would make a great name for a band or writing club.  :-)

    "Forecast for tomorrow? A few sprinkles of genius with a chance of doom!" -Stewie Griffin

    by quillsinister on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 06:37:52 PM PST

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