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Gun Training Report #6: Use of Deadly Force

March 8, 2009
FrontSight.com
3/7/2009

 

frontsight-logoWebster’s Dictionary defines Moral as “relating to principles of right and wrong.”

Webster’s Dictionary defines Ethical as “conforming to an accepted standard of conduct.”

In other words, morals are what is right or wrong for you as an individual and ethics are what is considered right or wrong by the collective group of people who you interact with. On issues involving the Use of Deadly Force, we have laws to guide us, but ultimately the standard of conduct is set by the courts and juries through their decisions in criminal and civil trials. Their decisions filter down and impact the policies of the District Attorney’s Office, your local law enforcement agencies, and civil litigation attorneys.

Our own, individual decisions on the Use of Deadly Force may or may not conform to the accepted standard of conduct of the collective group of people we interact with.

When our moral decisions in the Use of Deadly Force and subsequent actions conform with the accepted standards, we have very few problems. When our moral decisions and subsequent actions in the Use of Deadly Force do not conform with the accepted standards, we have big problems in the form of criminal and civil liability.

The story continues …..

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