Agree 100% with the first 2.
What says a target 9intended impact) HAS to be a person?
Warning shots can be reckless, but like any other, if there is a safe receptacle available so a human doesn't need to die, they may occasionally have value.
A person doesn't have to have his hands around your neck to be a threat - situations vary and there may be a case where you are basically trapped, but the perp hasn't gotten close enough to inflict harm with whatever weapon. Under you precepts, no matter where or what, if it's obvious you can't escape, then shooting to kill is the only option. In a Black/White world that may be the case. In a million-shade-of-gray world, one has the opportunity to assess each situation separately. If I have to kill, I will not hesitate. If I have an opportunity to not kill, I will assess the ramifications. There are billions of potential situations. While a great many may dictate shooting to kill as the most reasonable option, 100% is never a standard when humans are involved.
I'm curious - what is your background that you feel qualified to state your "rules" as 100% certain 100% of the time?
Marine. Infantry. With 4 combat tours. Purple Heart Recipient. Navy/Marine Corps Commendation with Combat 'V' recipient.
I'm not a keyboard combatant theorizing about what I "think." Been there, done that, took lives, saved lives, got the tshirts......I lived those situations day in and day out in the streets. In fact I've lived in those situations more than I've spent physical time in the last three houses I've had.
Today marks the 9th anniversary of the first time I ever had to fire a shot in anger......Operation Phantom Fury/Al Fajr Fallujah, Iraq.
Under you precepts, no matter where or what, if it's obvious you can't escape, then shooting to kill is the only option.
There are plenty of things you can do before you pull that trigger. But if it comes down to pulling a trigger with a lethal round in the chamber - it is to kill. Period. Guns chambered with lethal rounds are fired (lethal force) when lethal force is a necessity.
It's called Escalation Of Force.
But, you seem to think otherwise.
So tell me smart guy.........where is your warning shot going? Into who's car? Who is in the car? Can your round go through and through the care? Is someone on the other side of that car? Can your round ricochet off that car? Are sure?
What wall is your "warning shot" going to hit? Can your round penetrate that wall? Are sure? Who is behind that wall? Are you sure? How did you see that, xray vision?
What innocent bystander is it going to be hit?. Are you sure?
Ok, you shot in the air, where is that bullet coming down? Who/what is in the vicinity? Are you sure?
You are allegedly so in fear for your life and safety that you fired into the ceiling, will your aggressor seize the opportunity to shoot/harm you while you're brandishing a firearm? Are you sure? Bet your life on it? Bet your loved ones' lives on it?
Warning shots show no other purpose but to warn everyone around you that you are reckless and shouldn't handle firearms.
But please, by all means educate me, as you are obviously and demonstrably an expert.