I am jumping in here with a new post because the string or comments is long and I need to make a few clarifications.
One–I said shoot the perp who represents lethal threat center mass and repeat, and repeat.
I didn’t say shoot someone who is down and not a threat. Law enforcement is taught and civilians in self defense course are and should be taught to shoot center mass and repeat until the threat is neutralized. I did not say execute the downed perp. Using lethal force to kill is legal.
Remember I am a lawyer too, so I try not to give bad legal opinions for my momma’s sake.
Two–I and the Chief Deputy and Sargeant Lundy still stand by loading your home defense shotgun with bird shot.
Bird shot in house defense situation will definitely stop a perp. However a 12 guage with buckshot is a problem in home defense because those 8 pellets are big and penetrate. The kick from a buckshot load for an amateur is a surprise and will impair control. Birdshot no 8 is just fine, comes out of the gun with plenty of penetrating and stopping power.
At a distance bird shot is not a stopper–but we are talking about self defense situations where the contact distance is less than 30 feet. That’s what happens in home defense. We are not talking about military situations, but close encounters with bad guys.
As I said a pump shotgun chambering a round is a very alerting sound. And the shotgun is pointed, not aimed.
As for killing, here’s the last bit–Law Enforcement is taught to use lethal force lethally. However once the perp is unable, stop. I never said keep shooting after the threat is neutralized. I just said keep shooting until that happens. Many times a hopped up bad guy will go through the first second and third shot, even if accurately placed. The Muslim insurgents were described that way by many and had superhuman strength, no doubt energized by faith, commitment and some meth or something similar.
Last, actually to be able to hit center mass in a critical situation is damn hard. That’s why home defense shotguns are a good idea except for professionals with a handgun. Confrontations between bad guys and good guys with handguns in close quarters are surprisingly inaccurate, Mel Gibson is in the movies.
A couple more things, placement of the trigger finger is essential to prevent push pull problems. Body position is angled to direction of the shot forward shoulder at an angle, two hands. But that’s for your teacher to talk to you about. Ever seen these films of novices shooting big guns, it reminds you that training and teaching is very important. Don’t hold the gun sideways unless you’re auditioning for a movie.
And one more thing. for handguns, amateurs should have revolvers. Automatics are great, but amateurs, even professionals sometimes (like some soldiers I have treated) forget the chamber. With a revolver the mechanism is simple and easy to work with. Autos have buttons and slides and have to be handled properly to keep the user safe and make the gun effective.
Class dismissed. I am not a big gun guy, I have terrible eyesight so I don’t shoot for fun or hunt, but I did study my booklet for my classes, listened to my instructor who is a preacher at one of the local churches, and I pay attention to my law enforcement colleagues.
I am a Medical Officer for the Brown County Sheriff, who is a retired Texas Ranger. I am proud to help his efforts to keep our county safe.