This is a discussion on Gun brandishing for self defense within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hey MadMac: There is a video out there in forumland that shows an officer in the process of arresting a BG who is, if I ...
Hey MadMac: There is a video out there in forumland that shows an officer in the process of arresting a BG who is, if I remember, down on his knees with one hand still a bit behind his back. A second officer coming around a corner behind the BG then begins to shoot at the BG. From the quick look of the video, you instantly are aghast at what the second officer just did. When they replay it in slow motion, you realize that the BG's hand is reaching for a gun behind his back that is only really seen by the second officer in back of him. Once you see all this, you realize that what you thought you saw is not what was really happening. If that second officer had not been there, the BG would probably have killed or injured the first officer. The old line "let me see your hands" is about as good as it gets when it comes to confronting anyone who may be a BG. I do not believe I have ever seen or heard of a story where a potential BG was able to fire a gun using his feet, knees, thighs, eyeballs, nose or ears--it is always his hands--period/end of story.
Unfortunately, as the link you referenced points out his research is shoddy at best and fraudulent at worst. The numbers he quotes are a great example of unsubstantiated circular BS. Say the lie, repeat it and if someone else quotes you… it has now become data.
Not sure I would use him as a credible source.
Of course, if the person(s) threatening you retreat or run away, by all means do not fire your gun and be grateful for an outcome where you got to go home unharmed.