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If you would have actually read the article and checked the link for the Crosman MK-177 Tactical Air Rifle, it looks like a real gun to me...as did it to the customers at walmart whom he was pointing it at and unfortunately, the police. This was a tragic incident...don't compound it with your closed-minded naïveté. There are still, a lot of good cops out there....I hope.
I am contemplating possible alternatives . In cases like this, it would be great if cops had training other than shoot to kill. Loss of life is permanent, people.
Not having been in the situation ourselves, not knowing all the facts, I don't understand how we can render judgment either way. I would like to see some footage. How close was the cop to that man? How erratic did he behave? According to his girlfriend, BB man had received a phone call prior to the incident and was just wandering around the toy section. Again, how often did the cop ask him to put down the gun? How threatening did he appear? How close was the cop to the gunman? Do we have any actual footage or are a few sentences in an article all we need to condemn the BB man?
When I target practice, I sometimes miss targets that are far, but never when they are right in front of me. Trying to picture WalMart aisles, the possibilities aren't that endless.
What about the other woman who got shot as she was trying to take her kids out of harm's way ( if I understood correctly)? Could that have been avoided if the cop had aimed lower?
How can we side one way or the other without having all the facts?
Shoot to stop is precisely what they are trained to do not shoot to kill.
Although in most cases if you are shot in the chest it is likely to be fatal.
Shooting for the arms or legs only increases the threat and minimizes nothing. There are reasons why this is fact and why cops are trained to shoot center mass. The center of the body moves the least. While the limbs move the MOST therefore it is simple logic that one is far more likely to miss the limbs than the center of a targets torso. When one misses the target the odds increase of killing an innocent bystander. The example in the OP was in a Wal Mart with customers including kids everywhere.
When one only wounds a person one needs to shoot you have no idea what will happen. They might drop their weapon and surrender or simply get pissed and decide to try even harder to kill you.
The whole shoot to stop thing which cops are trained to do is strcitly for their own legal defense. Whether you are a cop or a private citizen the rule is simple if you have a reason to use a gun you have a reason to kill. Use it to kill otherwise you do not need to be touching it.
Read the linked article.
A Wal-Mart is not a "gun store".
Some jackass pointing a tactical rifle at people inside a WAL-MART is surely justification for somebody to call 911.
And it's surely something for the police to take seriously.
And if the dude with the tactical rifle does not immediately respond to police commands, and subsequently points the tactical rifle towards the police for any reason at all..........
Oh never mind....if YOU can't even bother to READ what's been posted in the OP, you don't deserve anyone's time for an explanation.
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It may have already been mentioned, but why was this gun not contained in some form of packaging while on display and for sale in the store? If it had been shrink wrapped and boxed it wouldn't look like a real gun, it would look like a toy in a box. Now, if it had been so packaged and the guy took it out of the packaging, that's another story.
I believe there is potential, particularly in America, for a lawsuit against both the manufacturer of the toy and Wal-Mart. It is irresponsible, in my view, to have a replica gun for sale in such a form that it can be paraded around a large store as if it's real. Especially, considering the number of crazed idiots who are actually doing such things with the real deal.
Police are not to blame at all under the circumstances.
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