Although a big hoopty-do is made out of Batman's refusal to ever fire a gun, it happened a lot. But I think I've finally figured out the reason for the inconsistencies:
See? Batman probably wanted to use a gun, but couldn't past the firearm safety training. The man could throw a batarang five hundred feet and trim your fingernails, but he couldn't hold a gun without taking off someone's toe. It all makes sense to me now!
Check out Batman's badge!:
I have a hard time with the notion that Batman even had a badge, and even if he did, that's not exactly the manliest thing I've ever seen. No wonder he kept it hidden most of the time. Now I'm expecting him to be hiding a pinky ring under those gloves.
Hey! It's time for Fun with Out of Context Dialogue!(tm!):
And no, he wasn't referring to Robin, thank goodness.
See you tomorrow!