I’ll tell you why NOT
posted by Bodo Diehn
at 22 February, 9:19 AM 0
- 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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