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Why are they always so reluctant to use their Teslas?

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    MatthewRaiche

    [1]Aug 1, 2012
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    Pete and Micahalways point their Teslas and yell "Freeze!" and "Drop the (whatever)!" and it almost never works out for them. The things are non-lethal, right? Why not just shoot first and ask questions later?Artie doesn't seem to have a problem with doing that.

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    tankgirl285

    [2]Aug 12, 2012
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    Possibly are they have used real guns for years and in their minds they are still using real guns and they kill and hurt. Artie on the other hand has been using the teslas for years and his mindset is different.

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    firedrakes

    [3]Sep 25, 2012
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    also one. it can induce or stop the heart in higher setting. and second people know what a gun is but not a tesla
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    kanniballl

    [4]Nov 28, 2012
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    But as we saw in the Pilot, Artie found them to be a great tool. Because besides knocking people out they also caused very short-term amnesia and didn't even remember the encounter and being zapped. So as a covert device that's incredibly useful.



    Until recently, the Tesla took minutes (plural) to recharge between shots. Meaning, if they used it then they were potentially vulnerable for a while until it came back online. Maybe they'll miss. Maybe there's another guy around the corner. Why waste your shot if you don't need to?


    However, recently Claudia upgraded them so they recharge quicker so that reason is no longer valid save for learned-behaviour.



    As for a possibility


    And lastly, well Pete + Myka + Steve were trained on handguns by law enforcement / federal agencies. It's probably drilled into their skulls "to not fire your weapon unless necessary" If a guy has his hands up and is making no sudden moves, then you're trained not to shoot them. The whole gun thing isn't like something you learn in high school for a test... they DRILL that stuff into you as well as HOW to shoot so everything is automatic.


    Artie on the other hand, he was an NSA analyst and has been at this for a while. If he ever had that kind of formal training (as an analyst), it probably got overridden decades ago of using the Tesla.




    And while non-lethal, it's still zapping a person with electricity. It's probably not something you'd want to do unless you have no choice. For example, TAZERs can cause issues when the recipient has a heart condition.


    Edited on 11/28/2012 1:04pm
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    The_Last_NPC

    [5]Dec 1, 2012
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    First of all any laser cost a lot of money to get put in film (or at least did)

    And second

    Ask a police officer why they shout stop freeze before TAZERing someone...

    Then ask a psychologist why someone would do that...

    They might tell you to look at the skinner box...
    1) initial demand, "stop" "freeze"
    if not followed continue to step 2 else skip to step 4

    2) tazer suspect
    3) repeat step 1
    if not followed repeat step 2-3 else skip to step 4

    4) put cuffs on suspect
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    kanniballl

    [6]Dec 6, 2012
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    The_Last_NPC wrote:
    First of all any laser cost a lot of money to get put in film (or at least did) And second Ask a police officer why they shout stop freeze before TAZERing someone... Then ask a psychologist why someone would do that... They might tell you to look at the skinner box... 1) initial demand, "stop" "freeze" if not followed continue to step 2 else skip to step 4 2) tazer suspect 3) repeat step 1 if not followed repeat step 2-3 else skip to step 4 4) put cuffs on suspect



    Agreed on both accounts: law enforcement and psychological


    The same reason why cops don't just taser everyone on a whim


    Though Artie appears to be world-weary and just Teslas people as-needed

    Edited on 12/06/2012 10:46am
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    chezrose

    [7]Feb 18, 2013
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    cops don't just taser people as it not only sends a big shock of electricity through them but it causes quite a lot of people to pee themselves and if they had just been tasered for a case of mistaken identity/ unjust cause/ especially if they didnt even warn before firing they would be sued/ get in a lot of trouble.you fry someone and make them pee there gonna sue, I would.


    Most shows annoy me when they say freeze/stop or i'll shoot then when they run they still refuse to shoot, I'm sorry but if you say you'll shoot just bloody shoot, you warned them just shoot them in the leg, as long as your positive thats the bad guy. if they were innocent they wouldn't run.


    yes there used to be an issue when they needed a lot of time between shots to recharge, but as stated Claudia fixed that, the Tesla doesn't damage anyone so it's stupid that they are so unwilling to shoot, so many people get away because they dont just knock them out straight away with the Tesla.

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    kanniballl

    [8]Feb 21, 2013
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    chezrose wrote:



    Most shows annoy me when they say freeze/stop or i'll shoot then when they run they still refuse to shoot, I'm sorry but if you say you'll shoot just bloody shoot, you warned them just shoot them in the leg, as long as your positive thats the bad guy. if they were innocent they wouldn't run.





    Cops are (correctly) educated to shoot-to-kill. Go for center body mass. It helps ensure the bullet hits the target, that it won't "go through" as easily and thus hit people, and ensures the guy goes down. And if they're down, then they're not potentially shooting people in panic... as what would happen if you shot them in the leg or shoulder.



    Shooting a moving target in the leg or hand makes for fun TV, but it's wreckless. For starters, a guy running full force... hitting the legs are not as easy as it looks. And the hand... forget about it. In which case you have a high chance of a bullet missing and going somewhere you don't want it to. Or shooting the arm, and yeh it hits the guy but the bullet continues on a fast-moving path.... into the wooden building across the street. Or just wounding him but him still being able to hurt someone with the gun/knife in his hand.


    Maybe some SWAT snipers are trained to go for non-lethal appendage shots... but not when you have a pistol and an agitated gunman.



    Which is why I shake my head whenever I hear someone complain about a cop shooting in the news by saying "Why did they shoot him... why didn't they just shoot the gun out of his hand"


    Seriously?


    They go for center body mass.

    Edited on 02/21/2013 8:46am
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    Zwingli4

    [9]Feb 22, 2013
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    Yeah they tested that "shooting the gun out of someone's hand" on "Mythbusters." Unless the suspect is holding the gun at just the right angle it doesn't work (and that's assuming you are a good enough shot to hit that small a target).

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    Glennen

    [10]Apr 15, 2013
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    I think, everybody missed one of the most important reasons. If a bystander happens to see them from afar, he only sees them pointing guns at others. But seeing them shot a lightning bolt out those guns raises a lot of questions.

    So it could still be a security issue to hide who they really are.
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