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Are we training modern police officers to reflexively shoot anyone holding a gun?

Are we training modern police officers to reflexively shoot anyone holding a gun?



Student of the Gun

Student of the Gun

Biloxi, Mississippi (’s time for a hard look in the mirror and the application of intellectual honesty. Given the recent shooting of a 13 year old boy who was holding a toy gun, as well as other instances, we need to ask ourselves, does modern police training teach officers to instinctively shoot anyone holding a gun, regardless of intent?

In our Slave State News we found a 500 page book to help explain NJ Gun Laws and we consider the gestapo tactics on display in Washington D.C. Our Student of the Week asks for advice regarding being a  CCW permit holder when stopped by the police.

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  • 6 User comments to “Police Training:Kill people holding guns? SOTG Radio this week.”

    1. They just shot and killed that kid out in Ca. with the fake AK-47.
      But yes, at night it would look real.

    2. Rise of the Warrior Cop “There are an estimated 150 SWAT raids in America every day. “Rise of the Warrior Cop”

      Just picked-up the book from the library, probably don’t need to read it as we see it daily in our lives, on TV news and the internet.

      Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of … –

    3. jimmy the greek on October 31, 2013 at 11:54 AM said:

      The police should not be able to unholster a weapon if no one elce has a weapon , And should not be able to fire untill fired on .

    4. your 8 times more likely to be shot by a cop than a terrorist and 3 times more likely to be murdered by a cop than a ccw permit holder. That should tell you the answer.

    5. Most toy guns have a red tip, easily seen IF they look. This should have never happened.

    6. what a bunch of morons. I realize you people love to bash cops because you dont have as many rights to use of force as we do, but this is ridiculous. Jimmy the Greek, grow a brain. So if I’m facing an Ahole with a knife then I’m not supposed to draw my gun?? also I have to wait until somebody shoots at me then I can shoot back??? But of course if you violated these tenets that would be okay. if you have so many problems with what we do, then get off your fat lazy arse and do it yourself.

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