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Shoot To Kill

Posted Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at 2:32 PM

Have you ever had an incident happen to you or your family in Shelbyville and Bedford County in which you would have shot the person or persons causing the incident?

Would you have shot to kill?


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Gratefully, I have not had an incident occur where I would have shot someone.

To answer the second question, if I were in such a situation where my family or even innocent bystanders were in imminent threat of death or serious injury, I would shoot without hesitation.

While I believe I am a decent shot, I would not try to "shoot the hand", arm or leg. In those extreme situations, I would go for the biggest target, the main body.

If that killed them, so be it. My condolences to their next of kin or loved ones.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 27, 2012, at 10:11 AM

I have been robbed, but never been in the situation where I thought shooting was needed. I don't think we should shoot someone for stealing "stuff". Armed robbery however, is a different story. If lives are being threatened, then deadly force can be used as needed. Like Steve said, I shoot for the largest target. I would not continue firing in order to kill once the threat was neutralized.

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Dec 28, 2012, at 5:11 AM

if someone breaks into my house, even just to steal I am not going to wait to see if they have a gun or not. So basically if you do not want to get shot don't break into my house.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Sun, Dec 30, 2012, at 1:57 AM

I have always had the belief that if I have to pull a gun on someone for fear of my own life, I should shoot to kill.I just hope I never have to do it.

-- Posted by kings11 on Wed, Jan 9, 2013, at 3:40 PM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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