There’s a lot of pearl-clutching going on over a shooting target in the “police supply” section of gun store depicting a person holding a cell phone and taking video. The heart, lungs, and brain are even highlighted. Obviously, police are being trained to shoot at people catching video of their evil deeds.
Editor’s note: The tweet was deleted while we were writing the post, but the replies are still illuminating.
— edema howard (@flavius217) December 8, 2019
The aggressor has now determined that anyone filming racist, disgusting behavior is the enemy
— struggle_is_real (@TheMFII) December 7, 2019
This may be the most messed up thing I’ve ever seen ?
— Walker Ray the Comedian (@comedybypc) December 8, 2019
— Squire John Lally (@John_M_Lally) December 7, 2019
the poster is rather foul even without the LEO qualification. I mean… at least the zombie poster wants to eat your brains. the guy with the gun is in the fight. what is this guy doing that he deserves a bullet??
— a duck (@johntocaelpiano) December 7, 2019
Holding police accountable.
— Jonathan Payne ? (@JPayneDigital) December 7, 2019
But what if … and we’re just saying if … this is one of those targets that police are trained not to shoot?
Is it possible that this is for use in training for shoot vs no-shoot situations?
— Cam Knighton (@iCamJK) December 8, 2019
To be fair this product is listed as “threat/no threat” where the other side is an armed, aiming target. https://t.co/Esr0a11dL9
— pastriano (@_pastriano_) December 8, 2019
This is a threat/no threat trainer to teach police not to shoot people holding non-weapon objects like phones (https://t.co/3R9V6fIVDl)
— Maggie Green (@_maggiemgreen_) December 8, 2019
Probably part of a shoot/no shoot system, it goes with a silhouette of one pointing a gun. Training to recognize a threat.
— Realist & Curmudgeon (@PenguinsFan62) December 8, 2019
this is a training board where police are supposed to not shoot this side
— oblivion across the internet (@blivvylad) December 8, 2019
In case people are not familiar, this target appears to be designed as part of a threat/no threat training system. The companion target has the same outline pointing a gun. It's meant for you to train to be sure of a threat before shooting. https://t.co/VRGAinXBnI https://t.co/77QIvZqCCH
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) December 8, 2019
That's a threat / no threat target. Designed to be used on a system that flips the target to a man with a gun. Police are trained not to shoot the guy with the phone…ideally. pic.twitter.com/0QZGGTlSnC
— Art Vandelay (@tankeroffof) December 8, 2019
It's called a "threat/no threat" target for training purposes, and it is 100% something you should want to see in the the "police supply" section. pic.twitter.com/gKJLP1Gnpn
— ?'? ? ??????? ???? (@BecketAdams) December 8, 2019
Maybe we can dial down the outrage on this one?
80,000+ RTs, 385,000+ Likes for a totally BS defense of the Starbucks barista who wrote 'PIG' on a police officer's cup https://t.co/VIFgULAWqr
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 2, 2019