Shooting The Unarmed Man – The Fallacy Of Modern Perception

I’ve said this before both here:
https://blog.hsoi.com/2009/02/14/a-simple-experiment/
and here:
https://blog.hsoi.com/2014/08/19/unarmed-≠-undangerous/

While the specifics of particular incidents need to be evaluated upon the specifics if that incident, there is a general (mis)perception by the public that an unarmed person is somehow not dangerous, that there isn’t potential for danger or death. The perpetuation of this blanket fallacy needs to be stopped.

The Elder Statesman

“He shot an unarmed man!”

“He wasn’t armed! Police had no reason to shoot him!”

How often have we heard those screams from an angry community?  Trayvon Martin may be the first to come mind but it happens more often than most people think.  Kansas City firefighter Anthony Bruno, unarmed and drunk, was shot and killed by an off duty police officer.  And, of course, the most recent case of Michael Brown in St. Louis, Missouri.

The problem with the public outcry and the rioting in pursuit of “JUSTICE” is that most people know exactly nothing about physical combat and life threatening situations.  They assume that if a person is unarmed that deadly force cannot and should not be employed.  And they are wrong.

Have you seen the viral videos of “the knockout game?”  Many of those videos involve one solid blow to the head that results in an unconscious…

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