originally posted by: sdcigarpig
a reply to: SlapMonkey
Only 80 hours? Funny how police and the military, soldiers who are front line and have to use firearms on a regular basis, have to spend far more
times on the range target practice time and time again.
Emphasis on the "have to use firearms on a regular basis," or no? Because that's what matters.
These employees are not training to become police, Soldiers, Navy Seals, school-district covert assassins, or anything else in that branch of
profession. They are being trained to be a first line of defense for a few minutes (hopefully not longer) until said experts arrive, providing a
deterrent to would-be mass murderers and, if necessary, engage the target. Yes, 80 hours of training is plenty to accommodate such a goal and need,
coupled with the way that most schools practice for active-shooter scenarios.
[quotes]And you are correct I am not familiar with school shooting drills.
However, I do know, what most experts will say, that in a firefight all bets are off. There is no cold calculated shots, there are not take careful
aim. One looks in the direction of the shooter and makes a best guess, and then fire. And move and try not to get shot, and then fire again.
You are half correct, and of course actual engagement with a live shooter is chaos, with adrenaline surging and breathing issues and tunnel vision and
hearing changes and tensed muscles and loss of fine motor skills--but where that reality exists, proper training can overcome a LOT of that. Keep in
mind that the 80 hours is the mandatory training for certification--that doesn't mean that individuals can not and will not train outside of that
training to be better equipped for such an encounter.
But even if they don't, it is still better to have them there, trained with 80 hrs and hopefully consistent range time, than to only huddle in a
corner and cross one's fingers.
The reality is this: The first shot is the one that may hit, and all others are pretty much a wild guess where it could hit.
If that's true, explain how CCDW holders, officers, and military personnel can put all rounds on target when firing in a self-defense scenario? It
happens more than you're wiling to admit, since you are claiming that it basically doesn't happen. Yes, there are those everywhere who are bad shots,
but there are also civilians who have never had formal training who end up being great shots in self-defense scenarios like a home invasion.
THAT is the reality. And if you train proper technique, you can hit center mass with three consecutive rounds within the span of one second without
even using the sights on the pistol. I know because I've done the training and tested it myself. And when you train that way repetitively, it becomes
habit, even in high-stress scenarios.
And now what all this has done is put a target on all adults in a school where it is known that some of the teachers are armed.
Targets are already on them if they are a human being in a school where a shooter is intent on randomly killing said human beings. If you think that
concern over the possibility of teachers carrying is only going to make them target adults, I would again ask you to prove it, even though I know that
you can not.