Since we like warning shots now...

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    Since we like warning shots now...

    At least, in the south (does Arkansas count as south?)...

    Here's a store owner who fired a warning shot, and that caused two armed robbers (one of which had two pistols aimed at another clerk in the store) to flee....

    Story here: Store Owner Uses Gun to Chase Away Would-Be Armed Robbers - ArkansasMatters.com - Central Arkansas' Source for News, Weather, and Sports covering Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Cabot, Searcy, Hot Springs, and the rest of Central Arkansas

    I still don't care for warning shots, and what if the perp (the wannabe two gun kid) had been startled enough to fire at the clerk?

    The end justifies the means, I guess.



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    Well, I'm glad it worked out for them but I'm by no means a fan of warning shots in general.
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    The odds are these dirtbags had airsofts for shock purposes and didn't want to face a real gun.
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    why take the risk? if the prep had guns pointed at the clerk, i would have just shot the prep.
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    I hate preps too. Always prancing around being preppy. Kidding
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    I would fire a warning shot. But the person being warned would, unfortunately, never hear it.
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    I also fire warning shots but they all hit the target, Dam gun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sealteam20001 View Post
    I also fire warning shots but they all hit the target, Dam gun!
    Crap! My warning shot went astray and hit the perp center mass. Dang. I hate when that happens.
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    Sorry but I agree with the store owner. Had he shot the perp, it would likely have caused the clerk to be shot. When a person is shot, they usually tense up their muscles in a reaction. This could have caused the gun being held on the clerk to discharge.

    I have seen (after the fact) where a person hit tightened their grip on their gun and it discharged. Often times, a person is firing their gun as they fall. One police officer I know was shot by a perp during a shootout. The officer put three rounds into the ground where he fell. He survived the shooting.

    Then there is the macho factor. How often have you heard someone say that if they were going down, they were taking someone else with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldman45 View Post
    Sorry but I agree with the store owner. Had he shot the perp, it would likely have caused the clerk to be shot. When a person is shot, they usually tense up their muscles in a reaction. This could have caused the gun being held on the clerk to discharge.

    I have seen (after the fact) where a person hit tightened their grip on their gun and it discharged. Often times, a person is firing their gun as they fall. One police officer I know was shot by a perp during a shootout. The officer put three rounds into the ground where he fell. He survived the shooting.

    Then there is the macho factor. How often have you heard someone say that if they were going down, they were taking someone else with them.
    This has long been my stance... But the warning shot could have had the same effect as shooting the perp.

    My feeling is that you should try to get the perp and his gun(s) off of the target (clerk, whoever) and coming on to you.... As he turns, shoot... A lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oakchas View Post
    This has long been my stance... But the warning shot could have had the same effect as shooting the perp.

    My feeling is that you should try to get the perp and his gun(s) off of the target (clerk, whoever) and coming on to you.... As he turns, shoot... A lot!

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    I am not in favor of a warning shot. PERIOD. Causing a distraction works wonders toward getting a gun to be pointed in a different direction. Shouting, knocking something over or even coughing while behind cover are tactics that have been used successfully.

    You are 1000% correct in that a warning shot can get someone shot, and often does.
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    I'm all for warning shots, so long as it is obvious the risk to being turned on in the moments afterward are about nil, and so long as the risk of striking someone over yonder is nil. Trouble is, you'll never know. In the time you're screwing around failing to strike the assailant, you yourself could get shot dead.

    To me, it just isn't worth it. The situation is either deadly or it isn't. If it is, then by all means end it. No assurance of ending a thing, by firing into the air or ground, whereas firing into the assailant holds a far greater degree of likelihood of erasing the threat. My quarter's on the more-effective option. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sealteam20001 View Post
    I also fire warning shots but they all hit the target, Dam gun!
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