Gun show myth debunked and stand your ground defended.

In a recently reported five-year study by the FBI some interesting facts came to light regarding firearm-armed criminals who assault police officers. Just a brief synopsis:

The study involved a pool of more than 800 incidents from which researchers selected 40, involving 43 offenders (13 of them admitted gang bangers/drug traffickers) and 50 police officers.

What researchers found was that while handguns were used predominantly in the assaults, all but one were obtained illegally. In contrast to media myth, not one of the firearms in the study was obtained from gun shows. Furthermore, the overriding factor in weapon choice is "what is available." Only one offender hand-picked a particular gun “because he felt it would do the most damage to a human being.”  Several of the offenders reported that they started carry weapons as early as 9 to 12 years old. The average age was 17-years. Gang members especially started young.

The offenders were of a different mind-set than the normal people they confronted, and researchers got to see just how cold-blooded the younger generation of offenders is. The 50 officers in the study had all experienced situations where they had the legal authority to use deadly force but chose not to shoo.   The offenders studied, on the other hand, had been exposed to killing after killing and fully expected to be murdered.  They don’t hesitate to shoot anybody and were not the least concerned about innocent bystanders. They typically displayed no moral or ethical restraints in using firearms. In fact, the criminal street-combat veterans survived by developing a shoot-first mentality.

The study concluded that police officers can never be assured that a criminal is unarmed until they have thoroughly searched the person and his/her surroundings themselves. Nor, in the interest of personal safety, can officers let their guards down in any type of law enforcement situation.

Note: none of the criminals studied was hindered by any law, federal, state or local, established to prevent or hinder gun ownership. 

In conclusion, police officers [and armed civilians] who hesitate while he/she decides to shoot or don’t shoot when faced with an armed criminal will likely find himself/herself a potentially deadly split second or more behind the criminal who has no hesitation whatsoever about pulling the trigger.

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