This was a question I had to answer over thirty years ago. As a police officer, the handgun one wears on their duty belt isn’t simply for show. It represents the Joe Dirt you’re gonna stand there shirt civilian authorities have given to take a life. So after some serious thought and reflection, I came up with the answer before entering the department. As the range master, I had to stop our officers from looking at the targets they were shooting as paper and visualize the targets as real flesh and blood people they were shooting. This probably sounds cold to some, but it is an important decision that each officer had to make and accept early in their career.