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Should we ban fake guns, for the safety of all? Apparently, one police chief in Texas believes that banning fake or replica guns will keep police officers and citizens safe. We have not one, but two “Go Team” moments to consider during this episode.

During this week’s SOTG Homeroom from Crossbreed Holsters, we consider an extremely important aspect of defensive training; target discrimination. There are more things in this world that should not be shot than should be. Everyone who carries a firearm for personal protection needs to be able to think with a gun in their hands.

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From www.kctv5.com:

An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man who brandished a gun inside a Costco Wholesale store on Sunday.

Police got a call about 11 a.m. about a man who was brandishing a firearm at the store. Witnesses said that the man was yelling and pointing a gun.

When officers arrived, they found that the man had been shot by someone inside the store and he was pronounced dead.

They then learned that an off-duty police officer, who was shopping there, engaged the man inside the store and fatally shot him.

On Sunday evening, Kansas City, KS police confirmed it was one of their officers who shot the man.

No one else was hurt.

Police said at this time, they could not describe the suspect. However, they said they have a preliminary identification. Witnesses told KCTV5 he was a tall, older man. Police said they are not looking for any other suspects.

“I don’t know what his intent was, but before anything really bad could happen, he was stopped,” said Captain Wade Borchers with the Lenexa Police Department.

At last check, police could not confirm whether the man shot his firearm.

There was a large police presence at the store on 9350 Marshall Drive for several hours as Lenexa police officers and authorities from surrounding agencies investigated. Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, and Mission Hills police were among those who responded to assist.

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From www.themaven.net:

A thief drew a fake gun on an Arlington police officer, but unfortunately for him, the cop’s gun was real.

An Arlington police officer was forced to shoot a thief in front of hundreds of horrified shoppers on Sunday.

The incident happened at around 4:21 p.m. at the Parks Mall in Arlington when two officers responded to a theft of two pairs of sunglasses at the Sunglass Hut.

Mall security followed the suspect while one officer responded on the upper deck of the mall and one responded on the lower deck.

The suspect fled from security onto an escalator. While on the escalator, he pulled a replica firearm from his waistband and pointed it at the officer on the lower deck.

The officer brought a real gun to the gunfight, and opened fire on the suspect, striking him.

The suspect was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No officers were injured.

Arlington Police Department said that in order to combat the reckless false narratives about the shooting on social media, they were releasing images of surveillance footage which shows the suspect pointing the gun at the officer, and a picture of the replica gun which shows that it would have been indistinguishable from a real firearm.

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Zachary Markel, affectionately known as the Shipping Ogre, is an intricate member of the Student of the Gun team. Zachary co-hosts the radio show, publishes the material for public consumption and produces Morning Mindset with Paul G. Markel. As the Shipping Ogre, Zach oversees the SOTG Gear store. He ensures that every package he touches is handled with care.