Time and again, we hear that the #1 reason people buy guns is to use them for concealed carry or home defense. The implied purpose: shooting bad guys. We often don’t like to think of the situation for which we are preparing when we head to the range to practice with our concealed carry firearm, but by using proper targets (human-shaped ones, to be specific) the training becomes useful, effective and applicable to the stated purpose of the firearm. But one Pennsylvania politician thinks that the idea of people using people-shaped targets to train themselves is beyond the pale, and plans to ban any target not hunting-related in the state . . .
From Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland:
In the near future, I will introduce legislation amending Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which will address the use of human silhouette targets at shooting ranges.
Rather than perpetuate violence by continuing to allow individuals to practice their target shooting by shooting at human silhouette targets at shooting ranges, my legislation will prohibit the use of targets that depict human silhouettes at shooting ranges across the Commonwealth. Instead, silhouette targets could include, but are not limited to the following: white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and elk.
My legislation creates a new section under Title 18 Chapter 61 regarding firearms and other dangerous articles. Specifically, the bill prohibits the use of human silhouette targets at shooting ranges across the Commonwealth except by law enforcement officers, military personnel or other public safety personnel in line with their official duties. If a person violates the provisions of the new section, he or she will commit a summary offense.
Rep. Kirkland seems to be one of those individuals who subscribe to the idea that the only people who should be defending themselves with a gun are the police, and that the only reason anyone should own a gun is for hunting. While he might not like the idea of an average citizen being able to defend themselves from bad guys, but it happens thousands of times every year and saves countless lives. By signaling his intent to ban human-shaped targets, Rep. Kirkland is also signaling the fact that he doesn’t care about those people and would prefer them to be poorly trained, simply to satisfy his need for the targets to “look” peaceful.
Sacrificing effectiveness and actual security in the name of appearances and feelings…this is the way of the gun control advocate.