Pasadena, Texas Shooting Dentist:
You are responsible for your own safety. Many people believe that the Police will save them from bad guys.
- When seconds count, the police are minutes away.
- The police are not obligated to save you.
A police office can not stay by your side 24/7. Furthermore, the police are not obligated to protect you. In Warren v. District of Columbia the courts maintained that:
“The District of Columbia Court of Appeals affirmed the trial courts’ dismissal of the complaints against the District of Columbia and individual members of the Metropolitan Police Department based on the public duty doctrine. The Court explained that “[t]he duty to provide public services is owed to the public at large, and, absent a special relationship between the police and an individual, no specific legal duty exists.” The Court adopted the trial court’s determination that no special relationship existed between the police and appellants, and therefore no specific legal duty existed between the police and the appellants.”
This small blog article is no way bashing police officers. I have lots of great Police Officer patients and take firearms training from Police Officers. I have respect for the men and women in the blue uniform. However, when it comes to your personal security it is all up to you.
Another point I would like to make is the misconception that just because Police Officers carry a gun that they are expert in firearms. There are tons of officers that shoot once a year and that is just to qualify.
Here are some stats I Googled. The stats are from the 2005 NYPD SHOOTINGS REPORT.
Shooting Statistics NYPD 2005
166 officer involved
616 rounds fired total
17.3 shots fired per incident
The Accuracy of the shots fired at engagement ranges.
Apparently the NYPD’s skill drops off considerably beyond arms reach.
0 to 2 Yards 3 to 7 Yards
officers involved 7 officers involved 44
shots fired 127 shots fired 155
Hits 65 number of hits 68
percentage of hits 51 hit percentage 44
8 to 15 yards 16 to 25 yards
officers involved 40 officers involved 7
shots fired 205 shots fired 93
number of hits 14 number of hits 5
percentage of hits 7 percentage of hits 5
Over 25 yards
officers involved 0
percentage of hits 0
What is most obvious from the listed stats is that 1) NYPD have about a 50% hit percentage from Zero to Seven Yards. 2) Hit percentage is horrible past 8 yards 3) There is an average of 17.3 rounds fired per incident.
I love competitions as it brings more training and scenarios. Much more to think about during competition then just going to a static gun range. Plus, I take as many firearms training classes as possible. I understand that I am responsible for my safety and my families safety.
One blogging site that I frequent is the Dental Warrior website. It has a tagline of: Dental Product Reviews, Personal Security, & Much More!
Some very good articles to read from Dr. Mike include.