bj55555, on 02 September 2012 - 06:10, said:
Vigilantism is all fine and dandy until one of these times, the perp is able to grab a hostage before you decommission him. Now you're going to be in a position of giving up your weapon to save the life of a victim you needlessly put in harm's way and possibly giving up your own life in the process OR you're going to have to cause the death of the innocent victim in order to save your own life. Have fun, boys.
I've watched a lot of armed robberies. I don't recall any hostage situations. That's hollywood hype. Thugs usually just threaten with their weapon. They want cash, not casualties. Sometimes they come in guns blazing. In either case, I'd rather be armed than defenseless.
I'll pray for your negotiation/ duck and cover type tactic. If we're ever in that situation, feel free to hide behind me.