Re: Dodge City

ChuckKuecker (
Mon, 06 Jul 1998 19:41:48 -0500

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At 03:35 PM 7/5/98 EDT, Andrew wrote:
>In a message dated 7/5/98 2:59:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> writes:
><< Police are more likely to kill innocent civilians in a shoot out
than they
>are to
> kill the criminals... hmmm
> >>
>Right... so surely armed private citizens will somehow manage to
shoot just
>the criminals and not each other, right?

If you define a 'criminal' as one who would harm you or yours, it's pretty obvious if you are under attack by a criminal. Law abiding persons do not commit crimes, nor do they attack other citizens.

Therefore, if you see someone committing or attempting to commit a crime upon yourself or your family or property, you will be pretty unlikely to be shooting at an innocent. Police, on the other hand, sometimes try to apprehend a suspect based on appearance or proximity to an alleged crime scene, and sometimes will end up shooting an innocent bystander because of their race, clothing, or 'suspicious' behavior.

I am reminded of an incident a few years back where police shot and killed a child with a toy gun - one of those plastic things with the signal orange muzzle, nonetheless. They saw the kid hiding in the bushes with a 'weapon' and assumed the worst..I believe this happened in Wisconsin, possibly near Milwaukee..

Chuck Kuecker

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