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Deadly Force

Firearms and American Law Enforcement : From the Wild West to the Streets of Today

McNab, Chris

(Book - 2009)
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Deadly Force
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Almost every movie of a police shootout includes the following depiction of violence: good guy shoots bad guy; bad guy instantlynbsp;drops dead. But the reality is that when someone is hit by a bullet, or even several bullets, this rarely happens. What does happen when someone is shot? How effective is the use of hand guns? Why are so many shots fired at a shootout? Why don't officers shoot a gun out of an assailant's hands, or shoot him in the leg instead of killing him? What is it really like for an officer to pull his gun and fire? In this book, Chris McNab, author ofnbsp; Tools of Violence nbsp;andnbsp; The Special Forces Survival Guide , analyzes the use of lethal force in the control of crime in the United States from the Civil War to the presentnbsp;day. Covering incidents from the shooting of Bonnie and Clyde to the Waco Seige, and the actions of gunmen from "Wild Bill" Hickok tonbsp;modern SWAT teams, he answers these questions and examines the history of armed response and those who in enforcing law facenbsp;making life and death choices in a few, traumatic seconds.nbsp;
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Osprey Pub., 2009
ISBN: 1846033764
9781846033766
Branch Call Number: 364.150973 M1691d 2009
Characteristics: 312 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,24 cm

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What does happen when someone is shot? How effective are the use of hand guns? Why are so many shots fired at a shootout? Why don’t officers shoot a gun out of an assailant’s hands, or shoot him in the leg instead of killing him? What is it really like for an officer to pull his gun and fire?


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