To be fair, I think that it's because Hollywood script writers only know about SAS. Sort of like if they're going to write a US ex-special ops they're always either former Army Special Forces or Navy SEAL. They're very seldom, if ever, former Marine (Force) Recon, Raider, the USN equivalent of the SBS, or the various Air Force special ops groups. Unless the writer is former military, has ties to the military, or is a military buff, all they are know are the high profile, well known spec-ops groups.Every British ex special forces type character having to have been SAS. I mean come on, mix it up a bit with some SBS or even maybe SRR if you want to make a spy movie.
To be fair, I think that it's because Hollywood script writers only know about SAS. Sort of like if they're going to write a US ex-special ops they're always either former Army Special Forces or Navy SEAL. They're very seldom, if ever, former Marine (Force) Recon, Raider, the USN equivalent of the SBS, or the various Air Force special ops groups. Unless the writer is former military, has ties to the military, or is a military buff, all they are know are the high profile, well known spec-ops groups.
Yeah, MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command), now Raiders, is relatively new and I'm not entirely certain what their primary missions is supposed to be. Last I saw, they were doing the FID (Foreign Internal Defense) mission in Afghanistan and essentially duplicating what Army Special Forces' primary mission. But maybe this is because Army Special Forces, from what I can tell, has been doing more of the direct actions missions that people normally associate with the Green Berets even when it's not their primary mission. But setting aside Marine Raiders, there's still Marine (Force) Recon which have been around for forever and were, effectively, special operations Marines even if they never considered that by the Corps nor were they ever a part of SOCOM when that was stood up. The only time that I can remember Recon being in a movie was in Hearbreak Ridge and even then, they weren't exactly portrayed in the same manner that you regularly see characters that are supposed to be SEALs or Army Special Forces portrayed.To be fair the USMC spec ops are so new most people don't know about them. I think they were renamed USMC Raiders now. I've only seen one documentary about Afghanistan or Iraq where they were even mentioned. They seem to be more secretive than SEALs or Army special forces. The only recent movies/shows where I've seen USAF special operations shown were the Transformers movies! Tyrese Gibson's character is supposed to be a forward air controller. I think they don't use USAF specops often because some in the public and some military don't consider them real special operations. I remember reading some book and the SEAL guys were mentioning that they had USAF PJs embedded with them and that they didn't consider them equal because, according to them, it was the easiest way to get into the community.
I'd say that it's the opposite, at least in terms of heroes. Hollywood would have you believe that any gunshot wound is lethal, no matter where you hit a person and that's typically the case with unnamed bad guys/goons. But you are right that the heroes or main villains get non-lethal gunshot wounds more often than not. However, there are a lot of parts of the human body that you can hit and deliver a non-lethal wound, at least non-lethal if treated quickly enough. You only have to look at the numbers of wounded vs. killed in a battle in the past 50 or so years to see that not all gunshot wounds are immediately lethal.Also, the idea of injuries not being realistic bothers me more now. Gunshot wounds that are just shrugged off as long as they're not delivered to the head or chest, diving through glass windows, falling from heights, all without significant harm are overused tropes. A real person going through a glass window is devastating and often lethal. And gunshot to the leg or shoulder is also often a lethal injury.
Even superhero stories, which are more based in fantasy, miss the mark for me now. Daredevil and Batman refuse to use guns out of a moral objection to lethal violence, but will smash people in the face and head, inflicting injuries that I don't see how they wouldn't cause death in a least a few of their victims. The Netflix Daredevil series had him crushing criminals heads in with a metal pipe, yet he tells the Punisher, "no guns!" Maybe the idea is that anyone warped enough to try to administer vigilante justice by themselves is also deluded enough to think that they can break bones, crack skulls, and crush windpipes without anyone dying, but it just doesn't ring true.