Law enforcement officials all across the country are shocked at Joe Biden’s idiotic idea that cops should “shoot criminals in the leg” instead of shooting to put them down during violent encounters.
During his recent softball townhall on ABC, Biden told George Stephanopolous that police should be trained to avoid deadly force, Just The News reported.
“There’s a lot of things we’ve learned, and it takes time,” Biden said, “but we can do this. You can ban chokeholds … but beyond that, you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances.”
“So, instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg,” the ill-informed former Veep belched out.
But law enforcement officials were shocked at the ridiculous proclamation. Police are not trained to “shoot people n the leg” for very specific reasons, not the least of which is that shooting dangerous criminals in the leg does not deescalate violent encounters.
Lawrence O’Toole, a Lt. Col with the St. Louis Police Department, said Biden’s remarks on Thursday were “ridiculous.”
“Why don’t we train the military to do that?” he asked sarcastically.
“Obviously we shoot for the larger part of the body because we have the highest percentage of being able to hit the target,” he argued. “We shoot to stop the threat. You could be endangering the public by shooting and missing.”
O’Toole also took issue with Biden’s premise that police officers “shoot to kill” when drawing their weapons.
“Nowhere have I ever heard in police training that we shoot to kill,” he said, repeating: “We shoot to stop the threat. We do not shoot to kill.”
Imagine the situation when a very large attacker is armed with his own firearm and is only shot in the leg. Such a violent suspect is in no way incapacitated from continuing to fire back at officers. If such an attacker were shot in the leg, as Biden suggested, the danger has not been stopped.
Following Biden’s advice would put both police officers and the public in danger.
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