Joe Biden’s policy proposals more often than not contain two key elements:
First, he’s absolutely certain his idea will solve the problem.
Second, his idea is usually catastrophically wrong.
Biden’s advice to police during deadly0force confrontations is yet another perfect example.
During Biden’s recently televised back rub on ABC News, whoops make that televised "town hall," Biden gave law enforcement the benefit of his vast "wisdom."
Fox News has the scoop, "Biden gave the shooting advice while talking about broader police reforms, which have been on the public conscience since the killing of George Floyd sparked nationwide racial unrest. 'There's a lot of things we've learned and it takes time, but we can do this,' Biden said. 'You can ban chokeholds . . . you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances. . . . Instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.'"
Maybe Joe was having a flashback to his childhood days of watching Westerns on TV, where it was common for men wearing white hats (and only men, in those days "sexism" hadn’t been invented yet) to shoot the six-gun out of the hand of the men wearing the black hats.
The reality of a fast-moving deadly-force confrontation is wildly different.
Fox contacted Joe Gamaldi, vice president of the national Fraternal Order of Police. He dismissed Biden's suggestion as "completely ridiculous, "unrealistic" and a "pandering talking point." He explained, "By aiming at legs we are much more likely to miss and we already only hit roughly 50% of the time."
Gamaldi had his own firsthand experience with a shooting scenario and what he went through didn’t resemble Biden’s pontificating. It was 14 years ago, but still fresh in his mind, “Between being terrified I was going to die, someone shooting at me, and then I need to aim at their legs — it’s not realistic.”
"Unrealistic" is an apt description of most of Biden’s advice.
Gamaldi is not alone in disdain for Dead-Eye Biden’s policy. "The law enforcement officials interviewed by Fox News also say it's a fallacy that shooting someone in the leg could be less lethal, especially if a bullet hits the large femoral artery in the thigh.
"But officers fear the consequences if they miss the leg completely and the bullet goes astray. Or if their leg shot doesn't slow down the suspect, he has a chance to harm the officer or a citizen."
And then there is the anatomy problem that appears to have escaped Biden. The femoral artery is located in the thigh — where most bullets that hit the fast-moving individual would be targeted. Severing that artery drains the life out of the suspect in approximately 30 seconds.
Dana Schrad, executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, correctly points out that police officers don’t answer calls with their guns blazing. "Police officers use firearms as a last resort."
We suggest that voters apply that policy to any and all Biden advice and only use it as a "last resort."
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