Scenario: How to apply Rule #4?
So Rule #4 is "Know your target and what is beyond."
So as an offshoot of the discussion in the Training area on the three "Fundamental Rules" the NRA uses, how do you apply Rule #4 to a self defense shooting?
If you have say 1.75 seconds to defend yourself or become a victim are you going to assess what is beyond your target? Are you even capable of an assessment in that situation?
An officer with a local PD was telling me about a "no-win" training scenario they have to do. You and your simulated "partner" are in a diner. The BG comes in gun out. As uniformed officers, you and your "partner" are immediately targeted.
The officers who shot the BG also hit a patron. The officers who waited to long or didn't shoot the BG were "dead". The officer I was talking to shot the BG fatally and also killed a patron. He said he only saw the BG, he never saw the patron. On video review he said it was obvious the patron was there, but he couldn't remember seeing the patron.
Since we are talking about combat or defensive carry/shooting, and not target shooting or hunting, does Rule #4 apply?