Monday, December 21, 2015

How Star Wars VII invalidates the idea that Storm Troopers can't hit what they aim at

Minor spoiler, obviously:

At the beginning of the movie, Finn doesn't shoot during a massacre. My first thought was this was a mistake on the part of the writers—it would be more discreet if he shot over the heads of the targets. But then I realized that would mean Finn was being cunning rather than viscerally unable to slaughter defenseless people.

And then I remembered that in actual combat, a percentage of soldiers never shoot and others shoot to miss. They may be the majority. The exact numbers are fiercely debated; if you're curious, you could start researching here:

True or false: "Soldiers tend to intentionally fire over the enemy's head, or not to fire at all." - Straight Dope Message Board

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In any case, all those storm troopers who shoot and never hit the movies' heroes? They may just be good people who believe all lives matter.