Sometimes both ends of the spectrum are insane

Earlier, I commented on legislation in Pennsylvania seeking to ban the use of silhouette targets. The idea was that using even a simple, featureless human outline as a target was unacceptably dehumanizing and would encourage people with no previous criminal intent to shoot other people.

That was stupid.

On the other side of the spectrum, a police department using mug shots taken from their actual arrests as training targets is also really, really stupid. The pictures are real people who the officers might well encounter on the street some day. Even if not, surely there's some reputational damage and an implied threat when you are talking about specific, identifiable individuals who did not agree to the use of their images (or indeed to their images being taken at all).

Can't we just agree not to do stupid stuff on either side?

This entry was published Mon Jan 26 21:46:50 CST 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-01-26 23:55:47.0. [Tweet]

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