2). Non lethal force is when a police officer has to use mace, stun gun, baton, or his own body to stop and/or arrest. This course of action could have hurt a suspect, but did not cause serious injury or death. a). However, if the deaths were caused entirely from the stun guns, tasers and it was a common occurrence, than it should be considered lethal.
Excessive use of force by police personnel has become a key issue in modern police departments. Various cases of excessive use of force have sprung up and the judiciary has to deal with such cases more often. These incidents gain the most media attention, which can unfortunately overlook successful police operations. Therefore, this paper will dig deeper into the escalation of use of force by police personnel. It seeks to define what “excessive force” means, and the various methods in which the police use to subdue a suspect.
Police would not have the ability to protect the public if they were able to be overpowered by offenders. Firearms are used for the ultimate life and death encounters (Boggs, 2007, pg. 36) and nothing less. These types of confrontations are rare but necessary when people’s lives are at risk. Deadly force is used in less than 1% of physical force conflicts (Boggs, 2007, pg.
Gun Control in America I do not believe there is a need for more gun control in the United States. Gun control is strict enough. Gun control law is designed to impose legal measures to license, control, or restrict the ownership of firearms by members of the public. By strengthening the gun laws you are only hurting the average citizen who has the right to bear arms. They should do background checks for any mental illnesses, past criminal activity including petty crime, and whether or not they contribute to the community.
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Often, horrible gun-related crimes are committed by people who do not value human life, which translates to mental issues. In these type cases, it makes no difference how many laws are on the books because if a mentally deranged person is determined to secure a gun to carry out his or her plan, a gun is what he or she will get. When individuals determine to use a weapon to commit a crime they will find a way to secure the weapon, whether legally or illegally. It brings to mind the adage, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Therefore, implementing stricter gun laws and reducing the number of gun permits issued would, for the most part, negatively affect the good, law-abiding citizens. It is this group that could fall prey to the criminal who is going to possess and use a weapon regardless what he or she has to do to get it.
The definition of resist is to, “withstand, strive against, or oppose.” Healthy American citizens have the right to do just that when it comes to any crime that can potentially cause them great bodily harm, or has the potential to kill them. Criminologist Gary Kleck concluded,” robbery and assault victims who used a gun to resist were less likely to be attacked or suffer an injury than those who did not use a gun or any other method to resist, or those who did not resist at all”(Right-to-Carry,1). Concealed handgun laws lower violent crimes for two reasons. First, criminals are afraid of potential victims that can defend themselves. Second, victims with guns are capable of protecting themselves (Interview with John R. Lott Jr., 1).
Guns should be banned because it doesn’t take much out of a person to point it and pull the trigger. The key word in this argument is easiness; the easiness to end peoples lives and that’s why guns are lethal instrument that ultimately should be banned.
The same concept should apply for obtaining a gun license. Due to guns licenses not being a test in ability like a driver’s license, obtaining a gun is like being given a deadly device without having to know how to properly control it when in use, or use it properly. This is because the law has not caught up to the social norms and impact it has on the behavior in this culture. Most people say it is our constitutional right to bear arms. The argument should be made about how to regulate that right, and how to better keep it away from dangerous individuals.