I came across the story that Thaddeus Kirkland of District 159 in Pennsylvania plans to introduce legislation in Pennsylvania to “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.

I know every time I come off the range I forget what I was shooting at was paper and start thinking about taking out humans. In the words of Looney Tunes, “What a Maroon!” In North Carolina you are required to used bullseye or silhouette targets for students taking the concealed carry handgun course. There are no other options. I think the reasoning is clear, if I am required to use my pistol it will probably be to protect myself from another human being, not a deer, bear, turkey, or elk. Where’s the eye roll emoticon when you need one.

 

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