I`m from Canada and we`ve just gone through decommissioning of the long gun registry. I did always think the registry was frightfully expensive and didn`t lower the crime rate. For me, I can take or leave firearms -- I believe them to be just a skill required tool no different than a surgeon`s knife or a carpenter`s band saw. I also believe someone with murderous and criminal intent will find a way to do their deed regardless of gun control legislation.
Anyways, I have a question on the police side of things and I guess it`s really directed at Allison Finch (I apologize ahead of time for my cluelessness and inappropriateness on this thread). Ì`m given to understand that a police officer shoots for body mass or center target (I`m sorry I don`t know the correct term) rather than try to wing somebody. I think they do this because shooting a hand gun doesn`t have the same accuracy of sighting as a rifle. So, is it practical for a police officer to use a shot gun instead a hand gun? Wouldn`t a shot gun with its spray pattern enable a police officer to disable a villian without having to kill them by `knocking the legs out from under them`so speak? Also, I do not think that a shot gun shoots as far as a hand gun so may reduce the chance of hitting bystanders who are further away?
I’m not Allison, but there are many reasons why an officer would carry a handgun over a shot gun or any other long barreled gun. Kinda hard to wrestle someone down to handcuff them with a monster like that strapped to your side.
During a struggle, it could be easier for a perp to grab and turn it on the officer.
Also, struggle aside, if the larger gun is properly and safely secured it takes much longer to clear a holder and take aim against the impending threat.
Most of the time officers, like soldiers, have only milliseconds to react to a given situation. An officer needs to be able to respond in the blink of an eye at all times while in uniform, and the handgun is generally quicker and safer in many many instances.
But, it isn‘t something that needs to be out all the time like a soldier would need with his or her rifle.
And, there are plenty of times the spray of a shotgun would be more harmful too.
Fairly sure some would argue with you about the accuracy of using a handgun as well (depending on the distance) because some people are excellent marksmen or markswomen with handguns as well as with shotguns.
Anyway, I’m sure Allison can explain it much batter than I.