By William A. Levinson Via AmericanThinker.com
New York State has made it clear that it believes that only police officers can be trusted with magazines that hold more than seven rounds. A Nassau County police officer recently fired eight rounds at an armed individual who was menacing him and a hostage, with the result that the hostage died. The responsibility for Andrea Rebollo’s death lies squarely with New York’s failure to train police officers adequately to deal with human shield situations. Anti-gun mayor Michael Bloomberg does not bother to train his police to shoot well enough to avoid wounding nine innocent bystanders in a gunfight with one criminal.
First, why did the officer in question need to fire eight rounds to disable the gunman? Front Sight’s four-day defensive handgun course includes considerable emphasis on putting a single bullet into the cranio-ocular cavity of a criminal who is using a human shield. My first impression was that the time might be better spent on other skills, because a private citizen is extremely unlikely to have to deal with a hostage situation. In retrospect, however, one might ask why the world’s best armies still teach soldiers to use bayonets. Even if an ordinary soldier is very unlikely to need his bayonet, his life will depend on knowing how to use it if he does. Mastery of this weapon also builds overall confidence, and it is therefore a morale-builder. The soldier knows he can, if he must, handle close encounters of the wrong kind.
The same goes for Front Sight’s hostage rescue training. The knowledge that you can shoot more accurately than almost every action movie hero (who always drops his gun when so ordered by the hostage-taker) is a definite confidence-builder. The typical Front Sight student can, upon completion of the course, shoot better than 24‘s Jack Bauer except when the script calls for Bauer to drop the bad guy with one shot. Even more importantly, you learn how to clear a weapon malfunction quickly, as opposed to trying to figure out what to do while the criminal shoots you. Colonel Jeff Cooper’s To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak the Truth stresses the fact that “the right mindset” is every bit as important as the weapon. Confidence is part of the right mindset, and Front Sight’s training program builds that confidence.