During his ABC town hall on Thursday night, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to a question about police reform by suggesting that cops should simply become Hollywood action heroes. “Instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg,” Biden said, with all the seriousness and credibility of a man wondering whether plane crash fatalities could be avoided by covering aircraft in bubblewrap. Biden of course is far from the first person to put forward this “just shoot them in the leg” thing. Anti-police activists often engage in similar silliness and attempts have been in New York state to legally require cops to aim for a suspect’s limbs.
The problem is that reality is not a movie. In reality, legs are a narrow, fast-moving part of the body. Unless we are requiring every police officer to be an expert level marksman — which would be an even taller