I spend an hour every day scanning my news-feeds for information pertaining to "the business". The latest was one of the various editorials on the Georgia Tech shooting. Here is a video of the event -
So in a nutshell, Scott “Scout” Schultz, 21, was confronted by officers while brandishing a knife on campus. He was ordered a number of times to drop the knife by officers. We can see in the video how the 'stand-off" developed and the exchange. I suspect the exchange was not about Scout Scott's sexual ambiguity, nor about the evils of the trump administration, but rather went something like ...
Police: "Drop the knife"
Suspect: "No"...and a couple of steps forward taken.
Police: "I mean it...drop the knife NOW!"
Suspect: "No"...and a couple more steps taken.
Now I will tell you something and I really don't care if some liberal snowflake that will never spend a dime with me is upset. When you face an adversary...whether you are the police or Joe Citizen, the most important person in that event is you, not the suspect. No man in his right mind is going to put his life second to that of the adversary. To do so is stupid and to ask a man tasked with keeping others safe to do so is not only immoral, but insane.
And now, as if on cue, the internet experts are suggesting that officers (and by inevitable extension all of us who carry guns daily) should "Take limb Shots" to incapacitate but not kill a suspect like this. The reasoning was in a situation -
"IF there are multiple officers, including one who’s calm (and I will add who is not a shitty marksman)".
"IF they are facing a stationary or slowly-moving non-terrorist suspect armed with an edged or impact weapon".
"IF there are no bystanders in the immediate area".
" I think it’s both reasonable and possible to make a limb shot (especially if an officer on the scene has a carbine). A successful limb shot could still kill the suspect, but it’s an attempt to neutralize the threat and protect the suspect’s life."
Well homie...that is a whole shit-pile of "IF" isn't it. I can tell you that "IF"s create doubt and indecision. Those create hesitation out of fear of making a mistake...and we all know what hesitation does. Hesitation kills.
Whose life is most important at the scene in the video? That of the officers. Second is that of any innocents in the area. The least important life there is Scout-Scott's. And that stage was set by his own actions.
What should a normal intelligent person do when challenged by the police to drop the knife?
It is very simple - drop the knife. If he does not and gets shot...too bad, but too bad for him. And to officers...if your chief demands you put the suspect's life ahead of your own, you should send him your badge - dripping in KY Jelly - with instructional notes on where he should put it. Nobody will cry or burn shit after Scout-Scott slashes your jugular because you hesitated to shoot him the face.