My conversation was specific to cops as Thismeintiel tried to get another user on a "bet you'd be bitching if the cops shot a bunch of violent rioters" whilst lacking all sorts of context so I wanted clarification on this attempted gotcha but now I'm just shaking my head in disbelief, it wasn't about Kyle or regular civilians.
Though now I'm curious on all sorts of scenarios, if all things share the same threat levels, can a cop shoot someone who uses a pencil as a weapon since it could kill someone if stabbed in the right spot too? If there's two people doing fisticuffs in the streets, can the cop then shoot one of them as they perceive them to be a threat, without knowing who the instigator even is?
Giving cops free reign to shoot at any perceived threat is an absolutely awful idea I can't even begin to imagine how terrible that would go, American police are already trigger happy as it is, I don't see why you want to make that even worse, and that's without getting into the fact that the cop doesn't know who instigated it if we're talking about civilians fighting each other.
Cops absolutely should be able to asses situations if the threat is directed towards them too and use the appropriate response, they have more at their disposal than just a pistol, Lol.
But I think I've said all I have to say on this, I know how I want cops to behave, I sure as shit am glad they don't behave like a deer in headlights, Lol.