Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Quicker if Drawn

A while ago I was shown this video and website by Darren Laur. It shows how vulnerable police are to a knife attack when following typical police rules of engagement.

Actually, it shows more than that. True, a knife is dangerous at close range. But in the video's scenarios the primary consideration is that the person playing the criminal had a knife already drawn and hidden behind his back. The person playing the criminal could have been even more successful with a gun.

So the real moral of the story is to pray for our police, who must legally (unlike normal civilians) almost be looking down the muzzle of an enemy's gun before drawing their own.

At least tasers now allow police an alternative to grappling with crazed drug addicts.