Wow there is so much stupid in this thread its unbelievable. Do you think a police officer has time to be doubley sure to verify that a firearm is real or not? Sure there is some discretion but we are talking about public safety here. While I do agree that these events are tragic, we cannot ignore the fact that an airsoft gun was brandished in public. And whats this bullshit about waiting for the kid to raise the gun to the police before shooting. Do you really think a police officer would wait for someone to point a gun at them before taking a shot to protect themselves? And do you really think its reasonable for someone to aim for the leg instead of center mass? I recall a thread on here not too long ago speaking about shot placement, and how aiming for the legs and arms is sheer stupidity.
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