This is a discussion on Scenario: You come home from work & ........ within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Tacman, I've posted the head animation before. The red target is the medulla oblongata. I'm sure you, and many here already know that. As you ...
I've posted the head animation before. The red target is the medulla oblongata. I'm sure you, and many here already know that.
As you have said... Even if you could guarantee vaporizing it, there might be something else that causes the involuntary trigger pull.
In addition to it being a small target, it's invisible, it's covered by hair,a ball cap, a hoodie, whatever... And, it's moving.
Will your handgun ammo pierce the skull with no deflection, and vaporize the contents of the head in near proximity to the M.O.? A rifle bullet will, most likely... But I question a handgun round doing so.
Once the muzzle is off my child, THEN it's ON. But, frankly, if the guy puts his gun down... And starts walkin', he's free to go.
LEO was called before I ever started clearing the house. And honestly, I don't think it's wise to clear even your own home alone, so I probably wouldn't do that. But the OP gave the scenario, and I answered the original, with little embellishment.
It could be worse!
I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
I do think that letting him walk, then "hounding the police" to catch him is ridiculous though. I'd apologize to the police and my neighbors, then do everything I could to help them correct my mistake. Then pray he's caught before he kills someone else's kid or wife.
The more I think of this scenario and the fact that a lot of folks are saying they will kick the door in, acquire the target in no time flat, shoot him in the head this is my conclusion:The most likely person coming out of this alive is the Dad.
1. Dad shoots BG
2. BG squeezes trigger and blows of girls head
3. Dad does follow up shot to BG just to make sure
Dad is never in danger because in the scenario the gun is never pointed at him.
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.
And Lord, if today is truly the day you call me home
Let me die in a pile of empty brass."
A person has to know their abilities AND limitations. At that particular moment in time, given the circumstances, knowing your abilities and limitations under stress, with that particular weapon, you better have no doubt in your mind whatsoever if you choose to take the shot. The consequences are too dire otherwise. The amount of training and life circumstances necessary to have that amount of confidence to take the shot is extraordinary.
Ask yourself a question. How many "certain death" experiences have you faced in your life (which by nothing short of a miracle you survived)? How does your body and mind react to them? I've had several, and my body and mind experience and overwhelming sense of calm and everything seems to happen in slow motion. Everything is clear and focused. That is the only reason I did survive each one of them. If you have had experiences such as this in the past, think long and hard to recount your body's auto-metaphysical and mind's emotional stress response at that level. If you haven't, you won't know until you get there. If you are not one of the super rare to have this type of response occur naturally, then the amount of training to develop this type of response is mind boggling.
Know Guns, Know Safety, Know Peace.
No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.
But, I've also been in situations where the guy I thought would be the best pic to have in a fight because of his advanced training wets himself, panics & cries like a baby when faced with death. Conversely, the wimp that you thought would fold under the pressure would stand up & have your back.
I honestly believe "mindset" plays just as vital of a roll as "training", if not more so.
My wife is an excellent example of this. She hasn't had any "official" military or leo training. She's never been in a fight that I know about. But, she's been through some bad stuff; (including being raped at 12yr old & again in college).
I've seen her handle some real difficult things in life and I know of nobody else in the world that I would want to have an AR & HG in her hands watching my back in a firefight.
Try talking. The very moment he starts to talk, pop him. The human brain isnt built to multitask in a high stress environment. As soon as he focuses on talking to you, your reaction and the bullet travel at a few feet will be way faster than his ability to fire.