During his town hall on ABC News, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said that if police officers encounter dangerous criminals, they should shoot them in the leg.

Biden stated, “We can do this; you can ban chokeholds. But beyond that you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances, de-escalate. So instead of anybody coming at you, and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.”

As Robby Soave noted at Reason, Biden has suggested shooting suspects in the leg before. In June of this year, Biden stated, “Instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person coming at them with a knife or something, shoot them in the leg instead of in the heart.” He then bragged, “We set up, in the Justice Department, the ability for the Civil Rights Division to go in and look at the practices and policies of police departments. That’s why we were able to stop stop-and-frisk.”

Soave explains the problem with Biden’s idea about aiming for a suspect’s leg, “Contrary to the former veep’s repeated assertions, neither the cops nor anyone else — except perhaps James Bond — could plan to shoot people in the leg as a matter of routine practice. It would take an expert marksman to accomplish that feat consistently. Unless a target is at close range, standing perfectly still, it’s very difficult to hit a specific location on the body. In reality, people are often moving during shootouts, which means that legs and arms can be the hardest part of the body to hit.”

Soave quoted Bill Lewinksi in a paper for the Force Science Institute, stating, “An average suspect can move his hand and forearm across his body to a 90-degree angle in 12/100 of a second. He can move his hand from his hip to shoulder height in 18/100 of a second. The average officer pulling the trigger as fast as he can on a Glock, one of the fastest- cycling semi-autos, requires 1/4 second to discharge each round.”

Soave concluded, “Shooting to wound is not a realistic tactic in the vast majority of cases, and it’s embarrassing that Biden doesn’t know this.”

David Klinger, professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who had served as a Los Angeles Police Department officer, told a story of a 1981 incident in which a suspect stabbed Klinger’s partner in the chest with a butcher knife, then jumped on him and held the knife to his throat. After Klinger shot the suspect, piercing his aorta and left lung, the suspect still fought for another 30 seconds, requiring six officers to subdue him.

Klinger noted, “Even if an officer shoots with a lethal firearm, it may not stop a person. When there is a threat to life right now, or serious bodily injury, deadly force is the appropriate response.”

Klinger pointed out that a human body can only be shut down by deadly force due to a loss of blood or a shot hitting the central nervous system. He added that if there were two officers in the incident and one used a taser, the other would provide “lethal coverage” if the taser proved ineffective.

31 thoughts on “Biden Wants Police To Shoot Suspects in the Leg?”
  1. So will Biden say that criminals can only shoot police in the arm? Or, if a knife, the criminal can only stab in the arm? Biden grew up watching Roy Rogers & the Lone Ranger and actually believing it. Definitely a different mind or no mind that is not attached to reality.

  2. It would seem that Mr. Biden has been watching far to many cowboy movies these days!
    Next thing he will be suggesting is that the officers shoot the gun from the felons hand.
    I have been to a number of shooting ranges and have yet to see a silhouette target that
    Included the images of legs! Consider too that the upper part of our lags have large blood
    caring arteries which when severed by a bulled would result in instantaneous massive bleeding.
    Sleepy Joe, stick to what you actually know! By the way, that is not much these days!

  3. Biden came back later and said that police should shoot suspects in the penis and in the pussy. “Shoot their fucking balls off,” exclaimed Biden.

  4. An example, shot (center mass), 2nd shot (center mass), 3rd shot (center mass), 4th shot (center mass), 5th shot (center mass), 6th shot (center mass), 7th shot (missed everything), 8th shot (center mass), 9th shot (center mass), 10th shot (center mass), 11th shot, finally hit him in the leg.

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