Statistics

From TIME Magazine: “In the New York City police department, for example, officers involved in gunfights typically hit their intended targets only 18% of the time, according to a Rand study. When they fired 16 times at an armed man outside the Empire State Building last summer, they hit nine bystanders and left no bullet holes in the suspect–a better than average hit ratio.” These are academy-trained professionals who must maintain a 78% accuracy rate in periodic (if somewhat infrequent) range tests. If a civilian wants to own a firearm, the law requires somewhere between one and three days of gun training, depending on the state.

(Originally published January 18, 2013)

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