Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Stopping Criminals By Gunfire
Bullets do not physically knock people to the ground. Jury participants often have limited weapons knowledge or experience and base their perceptions on novels, TV shows, or movies in which the hit ratio is high and bodies fall violently after being shot. It is important to explain that a fired round’s impact on the body is no more than recoil from the weapon. Sir Isaac Newton proved this in the seventeenth century with his hypothesis: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. To stop a determined threat, multiple rounds are often needed. To stop shooting also causes a delay because the officer’s senses must send a message to their brains to stop the physical movement of trigger pulls..
Adams. Ronald Et. Al.: Street Survival---Tactics for Armed Encounters; Caliber Press; 1987.
(At Page-215) “Medical researchers have established that nearly 20 percent of the time, suspects who are shot will not be incapacitated by just one round even though they are fatally wounded. (Followed by some examples and a photo of an armed robber's body where 33 rounds were needed to “put him down.)