During ABC’s town hall event with Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president was asked to offer his suggestions on criminal justice and law enforcement reform – a hot-button issue ahead of the November election.
In his response, Biden suggested that when police fire their weapons at suspects, they should shoot to wound instead of shooting to kill.
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“You can ban chokeholds, but beyond that, you have to teach [the police] how to de-escalate circumstances,” said Biden. “So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.”
The former vice president’s comment was not just one of the usual Biden gaffes; this is the Democrat presidential nominee’s genuine belief about law enforcement’s encounters with violent criminals. Biden made the exact same comment back in June of this year.
It would take a police officer with a sniper-level aim to accomplish this “tactic” consistently – unless, of course, the target is at close range and willing to comply with a polite request to “stand still for a moment.”
Police Officer: “Pardon me, Mr. violent criminal who is wanted in six states and shooting at me this very moment. Would you mind standing still for just a second?”
Criminal: “What’s the magic word?”