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by Middle Age Russ
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: Am I overreacting?
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: Am I overreacting?

Your statement of “treating anything that resembles a gun like it is a gun” works fine if we are talking about airsoft, B.B. guns, and even Nerf guns and staple guns, but a plastic training pistol cannot possibly fire any projectile, and so you are overreacting.
Without knowing the full context of why the training gun was repeatedly aimed at students and "play-fired", I have to disagree with you here. I fully understand the use of "blue" guns in training, and agree that they are useful for certain illustrations that cannot be done safely with a functioning firearm. Even so, the incident appears to have been in the classroom portion of the LTC class and I don't see a need to point even "blue" guns at students for any of the content of the class. Also, this clearly detracted from the class rather than adding to the content. Therefore, it was a bad thing for the instructor to do, and the instructor should perhaps look for another way of illustrating whatever point he/she was trying to make.
by Middle Age Russ
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: Am I overreacting?
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: Am I overreacting?

Not overreacting. Your instructor was a dolt.

Two problems with warning shots.
1) Cooper Rules 2 & 4; where's that warning shot going? I don't know and probably neither to you in the heat of the moment. Anytime you don't have control over what the bullet's final stopping place will be, you have the potential for unbelievable tragedy. On reflection, warning shots are a violation of Cooper Rule #3 as well.
2) Use of defensive deadly force implies that you were in immediate danger of demise or serious bodily injury. Warning shots open up the opportunity for DA's and plaintiff's attorneys to question the immediate danger part. You had time to fire a shot specifically NOT at the threat; having done so implies you did NOT see the threat as immediate, else you would have engaged it.
In general, any time there is a question regarding use of a firearm and the answer is "I don't know" it is a good time to stop, assess and (re)evaluate the situation. This goes for questions of functionality, terminal ballistics, firearms/ammunition failures, etc...

OP, you are not over-reacting. Your instructor is not the one responsible for projectiles leaving your guns -- you are. I am glad you've sought other input (hopefully brighter minds as well) to inform your decisions.

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