- to arm teachers, as the NRA suggests. There just is not enough training proposed to make them effective. Consider this: You’d certainly agree that New York City police officers are well trained, don’t you? They have to achieve a hit rate of 78% before passing firearms training. But guess what? The hit rate declines to 30% in actual gunfight (one-sided ones where the target does not fire back), and to just 18% when the target is firing back. And that is for police officers who every day are prepared to be fired upon!
Clearly, a teacher suddenly finding himself in a shooting situation would fare much more poorly. Add to that the likely presence of children, and we have a recipe for disaster. And then, when officers arrive, they would likely shoot at anyone pointing a gun, like a teacher.
A criminal, having the advantage of surprise and of being willing to engage in a firefight, will fare much better as shown in the recent killings of police officers by ex-cop Doerner. To Jim Barber I say “Your chances in a handgun firefight with a prepared criminal are nil, whether your magazine holds seven rounds or ten. Real gunfights are nothing like what you see on TV. You ought to reconsider my suggestion to have a German Shepherd dog (who is unlikely to ever harm your family) and a shotgun (which as an excellent hit rate)”.
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Bio: Bodo Diehn first came to Tucson in 1964 for postdoctoral work at the U. of A. and is a retired university professor. After leaving academia, he went back to work for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for five years. His interests are Politics, Science, and Literature (not necessarily in that order). He is a long distance runner and triathlete.