Originally Posted by DeanPatsFan
You have no idea what the conditions were like at the theater, unless you were there. If you are unarmed and hear gun shots, you are going to run away. It's only natural. If you are armed with a semi automatic pistol and actually go and target shoot a lot, first thing you do is pull out your weapon and prepare to use it. I don't gave a rat's ass about the gun laws in NY. I don't live there. Where I live it is legal to have a 15 round clip in your weapon. Fifteen in the clip plus one in the chamber... That's 16 shots. I target practice a lot. If I were at that theater and am carrying... I like my chances a whole lot better than anyone there unarmed with absolutely no way to defend themselves....
Yes you are trained to aim for center mass, but if you are 20-30 feet from the guy with 16 rounds of ammo in a semi automatic pistol and can't hit him in the head, give it up. You have no business carrying a gun around....
I'll give this one more try and then gracefully bow out. I do know the conditions; they were more or less exactly as I described them. The perp waited until the first high action shooting sequence to launch his attack, which means there was a lot going on, visually and audibly. Last time I checked, movie theaters are pretty loud, pretty dark and the screens put off flickering light. Add in the screaming people (presumed, granted, but c'mon) and you have what I laid out. There have already been reports of the police requesting that the movie be turned off (which means it was still going when they arrived). Oh! And the smoke!!! How'd I forget that?!?! But, I wasn't there. Still, that doesn't stop you from stating that you'd drop the guy with a shot to the ol' noggin.
You are talking about target shooting in controlled circumstances. I am talking about shooting a living, moving target that is shooting back, in the conditions I described, with your adrenaline ramping up big time. There's no comparison between the two. And hitting a melon at that distance isn't an automatic even on the tactical range, let alone IRL.
I'm an old-school LEO, I still have a .38, but I got the 9 anyway. Joke was, what's the point of 16 if you can't hit it with 6? You are talking with bravado and little in the way of experience. Stop while you're ahead. Or don't, I couldn't care less.