Ban the silhouette target?

  • 21 February 2017
  • NormanL
Ban the silhouette target?

Silhouette targets have been in use for decades. But until recently, those targets never seemed to get much notice outside of a gun range. Now, they appear to be yet another thing that must be banned:

A group of artists is urging law enforcement to stop using “menacing black silhouette” targets at the shooting range, claiming they contribute to “unconscious bias” and ultimately, to police violence against black people.

“The campaign seeks to eliminate the use of these targets, forever,” the initiative’s website says. The petition calls on the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors to start “getting rid of black targets at shooting ranges and replacing them with variations of more diverse target designs.”

The petition references a November 2015 University of Illinois study that found people were faster to shoot black targets than white ones, and that they also unloaded more bullets into black targets.

To raise awareness about “trigger bias” caused by black shooting targets, the group has encouraged its supporters to design colorful alternative targets, even offering a template on its website.

"Trigger bias" is a new one for us. But in these days when just about everything under the sun manages to offend or insult someone, the simple silhouette target would inevitably come in for its share of grief.

That said, we would be happy to put a few well placed rounds through some of the garish alternative targets the artists have created. Though we're pretty sure they wouldn't approve of that, either...because rising behind all of this is the stench of an anti-gun movement looking for something -- anything -- to push back at gun owners and law enforcement.