Why Police Shoot "Center Of Mass" As Opposed To At Appendages
December 2, 2016 11:34am CST
In an earlier post I wrote about the recent events of the Ohio State University, The Tacoma, Washington officer shooting and Kieth Lamont Scott decision by prosecutors not to charge an officer. Why am I now talking about the "Center Of Mass" topic? Because it is hard for some to understand why you would not shoot at a leg or arm. I was trained in firearms for the purpose of a job in Michigan's Department Of Corrections and as a result learned the why of it. Let me describe 2 situations and share a video with you to explain. Then you be the judge. Situation 1: While in a public place I am placed in danger by an assailant. I decide it requires me to use my weapon and shoot at the assailant's arm. I miss and a child 300 yards away is killed. The assailant shoots me and escapes. Am I responsible for killing the child? Yes because I shot the child. The assailant now can harm others and is a danger to the community. I may have died but if I didn't I could face years in Prison for my actions. Situation 2: I am attacked by an assailant and shoot the person. They die and people are accusing me of being a murderer. am I responsible? Yes but I acted in self defense and will not likely be charged. The individual was stopped which protects the safety of others and I am still alive. Your turn. What do you think?
http://www.detroitccw.com - In this video clip, Chief Firearms Instructor Rick Ector teaches on the subject of shooting at a target's center-of-mass. While i...
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2 Dec 16
It looks a bit theoretical. A handgun is not a very accurate weapon, at least if you put it in my hands. I think that I would target the center of mass to have a chance to shoot an arm. I have been to a shooting club when I was a teen. It is very easy to do a good score on a fixed paper target. It is more difficult when you have to shoot on a moving target. And it would be certainly something else if the target was human and moving. I think that the gunner has to be a specialist to take the risk to shoot at an arm or a leg...
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