It is pretty amazing how often I hear people claim, “If I pull my gun I am going to use it. And if I shoot, I am going to shoot to kill.” Less often, people in classes say, “I would probably just try to shoot a warning shot, or maybe shoot them in the leg.”
The reality is both of these viewpoints have significant flaws in several ways. Shooting to kill is not the best option because it may lead the shooter to continue to fire even after the threat has been neutralized. Shooting to wound is not only extremely difficult under stress, but also may not eliminate the threat.
The answer to this question is neither one is correct. When you shoot in legally justified defense, you shoot to stop the threat.
We cannot wait to start teaching the Kansas and Missouri Concealed Carry Course, Handgun and Rifle Training Courses, and all of our Self-Defense Courses. Train hard and be safe!