Why don’t police use beanbags and rubber bullets as their primary ammo instead of regular bullets?
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this may surprise, but when a police officer decides to use their gun, the expressed purpose of doing so is to kill the target.
They don’t try to shoot a gun out of their hand, they don’t try to shoot the knee and make them fall down. Real life is not a TV show. The very specific purpose of those guns is to kill the target.
I’m from UK so they don’t use bullets (they usually don’t have guns) – they instead use truncheons and if it is someone really violent they might break out the tazer/pepper spray.
it wouldn’t be a problem if they stopped employing high school losers who hate themselves.
Sometimes they do.
My cousin, who was threatening suicide, was shot in the chest and arm with rubber bullets.
I feel like I should add that I don’t think that they shouldn’t use regular bullets when the situation calls for it, just that most situations could be solved with rubber bullets and beanbags instead of regular bullets.
Because criminals have guns.
I guess my rebuttal question would be as follows, how do we determine with 100% clarity that the situation doesn’t require the possession of these lethal armaments? As in, there is no telling what a person may be concealing on their person’s, to warrant someone to willingly enter the situation where it cannot be confirmed. It sounds bad but it’s like a condom. I would rather have one and not need one, than need one and not have one.
In country where gun ownership are restricted, usually police do not use lethal weapon
How would they kill people if they were using non-lethal ammo?
Don’t be silly, murdering black people would be much more difficult with rubber bullets!
It would be too hard to kill innocent people.
Because criminals use real bullets. This is a stupid question to ask.
Because the police are in a LETHALLY DANGEROUS job and neither beanbags nor rubber bullets have either the range or the spread or the stopping power of a normal bullet when someone is coming at you or shooting at you with the intention to end your life.
Same reason you don’t use a fly swatter to stop someone with a baseball bat
Depending on where you live, they might. In the US and third world countries specifically, criminals have unregulated access to pretty much any weapons they want, so policemen need to be armed in order to effectively enforce the law.
What’s the fun in that
Because if they did, they wouldn’t be killing people
Range and accuracy be my first guess
They do, fairly often. You just don’t hear about it because it isn’t a story worth telling
Because the opposing side doesn’t use beanbags and rubber bullets when firing at them.
This question is like asking a Cobra why she doesn’t hug the mongoose instead,
Because the criminals are using REAL bullets and cops are being murdered.
They literally do wdym, only time you see them don’t is when a threat is thrust upon them that they don’t have time to prepare for.
Because not all departments can afford them. Especially 1 for every cop car. And it doesn’t always work. Some people on drugs are able to deal with the pain and keep trying to assault or kill a cop
Because their job is to kill. Because they enjoy killing. Because they are government sponsored death squads with no obligation to save life, only end it.
You ever fought a meth head?
Because they would rather kill.
Because the bad guys don’t.
If people know that police are using non-lethal weapons, they’ll have far less fear. What’s to stop a criminal from pulling a gun on a police officer if there’s no danger against them except a little pain?
Because rarely do those things do much against someone who is in the middle of adrenaline rush and even in their intended use such as during riots they are questionably effective at best and usually meant more as a deterrent than anything
Plus outside of questionable issues with police, generally speaking cops only fire their gun if someone’s life is at risk in which case most civilians would do the same if they were in that position so I don’t see much of an issue