During my usual daily foraging by CSVG’s Facebook page I found this post about an article by Forrest A. Travirca III.
It has the standard fare of “If you have a gun, you will become a deranged killer” fare, but what did call my attention was the following statement by Mr. Travirca:
Between the State Police Academy, Marine Patrol Academy and federal law-enforcement special agent academy, I don’t feel it was enough training to deal with shoot or don’t shoot.
So, what were you doing that day in class? Dreaming of Playboy models? Listen, we recognize that there are some situations that you should stay the hell away from, but if somebody, gun in hand announces to God and Country his intense desire to equalize your body temperature to that of the habitation you happen to be located, it does not require deep rational powers to deduct that would be a great time to unholster your sidearm and strongly disagree with the perp wishes. It also does not require the collective brain power of NASA to deduce that if an active shooter is roaming inside a classroom building collecting victims, the best way to deal with such individual is with the liberal application of firepower and not with a song and happy thoughts.
Two more questions come to my mind. First, what frigging good were you as a Law Enforcement Officer towards the civilian population if you felt unqualified to make a Shoot-No Shoot decision? That only means that if a Law Abiding Citizen was in danger of Death or Grave bodily harm, you could not bring yourself to stop his attacker because… you were not trained enough!
Second, I will assume you had partners sometime during your career. Were these individuals aware that they could not count on you to back them up and defend their lives because you didn’t feel you had enough training to deal with a Shoot- No Shoot situation?
Harry Callahan: Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That’s my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher’s knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn’t out collecting for the Red Cross
See? It is not that hard after all.