Seth asks an interesting question here: “How does a cop have the guts to even pull a weapon knowing that most of the time, it’s not going to have its desired effect ” but the logic of his question is flawed because missing the target on 34% of your shots is NOT the same as missing your target 34% of the time you draw your weapon.
There is more than one bullet in the weapon, and as more rounds are fired the odds of hitting the target improve dramatically. That is exactly why I have a 15 round clip in my S&W. I know my first round will probably miss the intended target – but with 15 rounds that I can fire in less then ten seconds my likelihood of hitting the target approaches 100% (actually, on a range without anyone shooting back I have never missed 15 times out of 15 shots – so basically I have a 100% success rate in hitting the target every time I draw my weapon).
Moral of the story – don’t take one shot and quit. If you want to succeed you need to keep on firing. And if the target is moving, you must adjust to it.
That’s true in gunfights, and in business.
In a new study released in today’s Times, it turns out that the typical NY police officer only hits 34% of the time she fires a gun. Even from a distance of six feet or less, it’s 43%. Obviously, Bruce Willis is the exception. I wonder how it changes your decision making when you discover that you’re only going to be successful one out of three times. Never mind blasting a weapon out of an assailant’s hand, we’re talking about hitting the target at all… How does a cop have the guts to even pull a weapon knowing that most of the time, it’s not going to have its desired effect (my guess is that the threat and the noise and chaos is as positive an outcome as an actual hit…). I know I would never have the guts to do that job.