Distracting the BG who has a gun on someone may end up causing them to shoot reflexively as well. You don't know what will happen. You have to commit to a choice, and go with it.
Personally, if you can't make a shot in this rather simple and deadly encounter, then I wonder why you carry at all. These are the most dangerous types of crimes because of the level violence that began before the BG walked in.
Thankfully in Wisconsin I can make the shoot because there is an imminent physical threat to others at the very least. That was true with the old laws where OC was the only option as well.
Duty in law has specific meaning which essentially breaks down to "If you fail to act, you are in the wrong."
As a person who is not carrying a gun in an official capacity, you have no duty to act. Your permit entitles you to carry a firearm - it conveys no obligation to do so, nor act in any way with it (other than non-negligently).
You may be permitted to shoot someone in any situation, or not...depending on the applicable law & situation.
People who start thinking of "My duty as a CCW carrying person..." end up going into the downward spiral of ccw badges, carrying handcuffs, thinking of citizens arrests and being an official CCW Citizen-Operator.
Their is a difference between what is legal & permissible in some circumstances, and what is a duty.
Confuse them or mingle them at your peril.
money from the store clerk. It is cut and dry. And as HG wrote and I wrote earlier, it is ALWAYS state law specific.
Here in Texas, its a legal shoot; Title 2, Chapter 9.....aggravated robbery.....Texas greenlights the use of force and/or lethal force.
Know the law in your own state.
Shoot him wherever you tactically choose.....head, neck, COM, foot, back.....all of the above...until perp no longer a threat. Then stop pulling the trigger.
I applaud those of you who which to engage him in such a way that you decrease the risk he shoots the clerk and increase your own personal risk of getting shot/injured/potentially killed. I mean my applause to you sincerely.
I choose ambush and keep my risk as small as I can.
Ultimately, the clerk chooses to work in a convenience store for a living.
You can wonder why others carry, I carry because I am required to.
Personally, I believe the threat, or threats are moving AWAY from you, so in one respect, you've got some explaining to do when the Police arrive.:yup:
Just my own opinion, but I'd never shoot somebody in their back, because they're moving away from me.
Ya know, I've gotten a little overheated in this debate... About trying to draw the muzzle of the BG's hand cannon off of your wife's (mother's/sister's/cousin's) forehead. I'm just gonna ignore the rules of gun safety, I mean, this is life and death, right?
So what if I take 'em both out? If that happens, I'm battin' 500 at my first game, that's good play! Heck with it! I got the badguy didn't I?
I'm sure at your wife's funeral, you'll be pattin' me on the back and telling me how great it was I was there and took out that scum, you'll tell your kids to shake my hand and thank me 'cause I'm the good guy.
Nah, somehow that just doesn't work for me. Sure, I'll take the shot. But I'll do my level best to try to keep anyone else from gettin' killed (directly or indirectly) before I do.
1. All guns are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
If you think their is an easy answer to any situation involving a gun...one which doesn't involve decision making skill that is in excess of shooting skill - you are right.
It's just the wrong answer.
There is no easy answer to any sit. involving a gun. Check.
There is an answer that requires decision making skills that might be greater than one's shooting skill. Gotcha.
Ahhhh... okay.. I parsed the lawyers meaning... ! By now, I've been shot of course, and the clerk/teller, as well ... But I ciphered it out!
it's "there" not their, BTW. (or you could use theirs, making their answer the one which is wrong.)
And, "thank you for your support!" I think.
There's no rule that says that shooting someone in the back is never justifiable homicide (self defense).
Did you meet the standards for self defense in your state? That's all that matters.
Yep, I'm making some assumptions.
- Yelling at the bad guy is one way to get his attention. It is one way which is not physical, and might be less likely (because it is non-physical) to cause him to tense his muscles (like those on his trigger finger).
- The BG may already be experiencing some effects of Adrenaline (plus maybe some externally introduced chemicals) causing him to suffer tunnel vision, auditory exclusion, etc. to greater or lesser degree. This may cause him to turn more full body than just head, away from his current target.
- If I am at an angle, side or down from him, I am less likely to cause friendly fire/collateral damage injuries.
They are not:
- I am next in line. (I could be in an aisle in the convenience store, I could be at the stand up desk at the bank, etc.)
- It is the only course of action which will succeed.
I do posit that, since someone mentioned odds; that my course of action might be the one with the best odds for good potential outcome = BG down or dead, teller/clerk and others minimally injured, blood spatter/stained clothing/gray detritus on their person, and some mental anguish.
If, as some have suggested, you merely stitch his backside with holes, that indicates to me that they are the ones thinking "I'm right behind him, there is no other thing/body interfering with my shots, and so what if he pulls he trigger reflexively and kills the clerk/teller." (speaking generally and not singling any one particular post out though some obviously came to mind)
My premise is this, based loosely on the OP. You apparently have the time to draw and aim undetected. It takes no longer to take a knee and shoot upwards. It has a chance of working to yell "Hey Moe Funkerly!" and get his attention, and quite possibly the muzzle of his gun, off the clerk/teller. Since you have had the time to (without detection) drop to a knee, draw, and aim (in any tactical order you prefer), you are instantly prepared to press/pull/squeeze/caress the dang trigger and get the head shot. follow up as needed and desired.
Getting close to him physically, by running at him, getting close enough to grab the weapon arm, etc. has a greater chance (and takes longer) of being detected. Contact, even if undetected; by a bullet, a shoulder, or any thing else, while the BG's gun is trained on the forehead of the clerk/teller (except for a surgically placed shot that severs the spinal cord and/or destroys the MO, could cause him to discharge his weapon into the head of said clerk/teller.
Feel free to disagree all you want. But, if it was my wife standing under the gun, I would prefer you do everything you can to avoid having her get killed by your heroism, and get the badguy, too.
For my money, the priority in this scenario is this.
- The life of the target
- My life
- The life of the bad guy
If I get the gun off of 1. and before it gets to 2. I can do whatever I want to 3.
If I get the gun off of 1. and it gets to 2. before I dispatch 3. then so be it. But 3. is gone anyway, maybe 2. but not 1.
If I cannot get the gun off of 1. punt.