posted on Jul, 17 2013 @ 09:36 PM
Over the last few weeks I have seen many news stories of regular people, who thought they were doing the right thing, going to jail for firing
'warning shots'. Many here would probably question these arrests assuming that warning shots are a good way to scare off burglars, rapists, and
carjackers without having to injure or kill someone. That seems true on the surface. Before I explain I want to showcase a few cases that illustrate
instances of warning shots landing people in jail:
1 Man fires shotgun in the air to wardoff would be car thieves
2 Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning
3 Homeowner jailed for firing warning shot
Warning shots are considered reckless behavior both by the law and by professional military, police, and security personnel. In my experience as a
soldier I have never instructed nor have I been instructed to fire warning shots. In all of my time teaching firearm safety and use I have never
taught anyone to fire warning shots. Because one of the cardinal rules of firearms safety is to be sure of your target and WHAT IS BEYOND IT.
When you fire into the air gravity will eventually take over. That bullet is going to hit something on it's way down. That something may be a person
uninvolved with your tactical situation. Firing warning shots close to the perpetrator has the same effect. Bullets will go through walls depending on
how they are designed, how much powder is behind them and what type of weapon is used.
The first case, where that moron of a man shot a shotgun into the air, was among the worst cases of negligent discharge of a firearm I have seen in
some time. He fired a weapon capable of dispersing multiple .33 caliber rounds into the air. How freaking irresponsible is that? He might have thought
he was doing the right thing, but what he should have done is simply call the cops and give good descriptions. Maybe grab a camera and get good shots
of the perps. If he couldn't justify firing directly at the criminals then he should not have fired the gun at all.
It is cases like these that serve to illustrate a rule many have heard before. If you pull a gun, you'd better use it, use it properly, and use it
safely. If you are truly afraid for your life then aim that weapon at what is causing that fear and stop him/her from continuing their attack. Do not
fire into the air. Do not fire passed a target. If you can't justify firing your weapon then DON'T FREAKIN' DRAW YOUR WEAPON AT ALL!
I hope this thread helps people understand. Warning shots are a Hollywood gun fantasy just as much as the stupid idea that you could turn a weapon
full auto by filing down the firing pin. All you will do is ruin a good firing pin...And in turn, all you will do is seal your jail sentence.
edit on 17-7-2013 by projectvxn because: (no reason given)