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At Thursday’s town hall, Joe Biden brought up legs again. No, he wasn’t talking about his own hairy legs this time, instead he was giving his ideas on policing. His advice for police was, “So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.”
Biden on policing in America: "Most cops don't like bad cops…they get intimidated into not reporting," and adds "we shouldn't be defunding cops," saying police should be more resourced to police differently in today's world.abcn.ws/bidentownhall#BidenTownHall
Posted by ABC News on Thursday, October 15, 2020
This is not the first time made that suggestion. A few months ago there was an excellent post up on Ricochet about that very same topic (and by “excellent post” I simply mean one written by me). Shooting to wound is bad for many reasons. First, it may not stop the threat. Second. it is really hard to hit a moving arm or leg compared to the larger torso. Another interesting point is, if you go with a shoot-to-wound policy, does that lower the threshold for when an officer can pull out his or her weapon? After the Michael Brown shooting in 2014, Criminal Justice professor Candace McCoy said:
As a policy, [shoot to wound] is a really bad idea because it would give the police permission to take that gun out of the holster under any circumstance.
Biden is trying to create policies for better policing. That is a noble cause but who is he consulting? Are men and women who have worn the badge and had to make life and death decisions really telling him that they need to shoot extremities?Published in