Biden: Cops should shoot people in the leg, not the heart
June 2, 2020 at 10:48 AM - Views: 79 #321921jerry611Participant
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Joe Biden said Monday that police under attack in the line of duty should shoot their assailants “in the leg instead of the heart” as a way to avert the killing of civilians.
“Instead of standing there and teaching a cop, when there’s an unarmed person coming at them with a knife or something, you shoot them in the leg instead of in the heart is a very different thing. There’s a lot of different things that could change,” Biden said in a meeting with community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del.
Biden’s remarks were made as cities across the nation continue to be engulfed in violent protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an African-American, in police custody in Minneapolis. Four officers were fired for their role in Floyd’s death, which was captured on video. Former Officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The former vice president’s suggestion was intended to reduce the number of fatal shootings by police, and was not meant to refer to the mob violence occurring in many cities over recent nights. But his remarks raised a number of questions.
First, his example bore no real relation to the death of Floyd, who was arrested under suspicion of trying to pass a counterfeit bill. He did not attack police officers with a weapon, nor was he killed by a gunshot.
Second, in Biden’s hypothetical, the person “coming at” police officers was carrying “a knife or something,” meaning, by definition, that he or she was not “unarmed.”
Third, the femoral artery runs down the thigh, making a gunshot to the leg potentially fatal.
Fourth, while police policy differs on the justification for the use of firearms, officers are taught to shoot only as a last resort and to assume that any shot could be lethal. They are instructed to aim at the upper torso, which presents the biggest target.
I hope no one is pinning your hopes on a President Joe changing anything other than the place where the cops shoot you.
June 2, 2020 at 10:52 AM #321922carrotguyParticipant
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picking an old feeble relic really will serve them well. i’m impressed by their prescience i have to admit
June 2, 2020 at 10:56 AM #321925
June 2, 2020 at 11:17 AM #321928BluesuedeshoesParticipant
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Such a fool
June 2, 2020 at 11:26 AM #321931mrdmkParticipant
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If you cannot dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit WC Fields
June 2, 2020 at 11:48 AM #321934
June 2, 2020 at 1:14 PM #321953HassleCatParticipant
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Joe Biden should know better than to comment on things about which he knows little or nothing. Somehow Biden thinks he can do the rambling and thinking out loud better than Trump. C’mon man. Here’s the deal. It sounds just as stupid when you do it, Joe.
June 2, 2020 at 8:25 PM #322066
June 2, 2020 at 8:28 PM #322067RufusTFireflyParticipant
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June 2, 2020 at 9:40 PM #322106
June 2, 2020 at 9:44 PM #322109JunkerParticipant
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Sick demented sold out scum. FOAD .
June 2, 2020 at 9:50 PM #322111JonLPParticipant
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They train to aim center mass because if you aim for something like the leg you are more likely to miss. Cops should only use weapons as a last resort.
June 2, 2020 at 9:59 PM #322118
June 2, 2020 at 10:29 PM #322130FasttenseParticipant
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You try shooting a leg. It ain’t easy. A big old chest is much easier to hit. Though, the best lethal shot would be the head but it too is smaller, harder and more difficult to hit.
But how can that be a policy of any kind? If you are going to use a weapon, someone is going to die. Just bringing them along gurantees a certain amount of death and injury. How often have you heard of people dying or getting hurt in a hunting accident? Even Dick Cheney shot a friend in the face when playing around with a shotgun.
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