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Firearm Training Simulator Deemed Racist

Firearm Training Simulator Deemed Racist

Photo Courtesy: Meggitt Training Systems

Bearing Arms reports that the Guilford (NC) County Sheriff’s Department has a firearm simulator to help deputies prepare for use of force encounters.

The simulator comes with 700 pre-recorded scenarios for deputies to work through. Each scenario plays on a projector screen. The deputy has to use a gun with a laser to shoot.

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“Because if you can prepare people on what can happen and what may happen, it’ll give them a better response,” Sergeant Larry Grittion said. 

Despite the scenarios showing different ethnic backgrounds of suspects, the simulator received criticism from those concerned about racial implications.

“I’m going to be looking at what’s in their hands, what gun or threat is looking back at me, and trying to preserve either my life or another person’s life,” Captain Ken Whitesell said. “Race, at that point, is very irrelevant to me. They could put a mask on everyone, and that would be perfectly fine.”

According to a breakdown provided to commissioners back in April, the simulator depicts an attacker as being:

  • Caucasian 60 percent of the time.
  • African American 15 percent of the time.
  • Hispanic 15 percent of the time.
  • Asian five percent of the time.
  • Middle Eastern five percent of the time.

A total of $51,850 in federal forfeiture funds was spent on the simulator.

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  1. mindy1

    What do they want, black criminals depicted with halos?!

  2. Joe Potosky

    Why would anyone expect anything else, but to have some scenarios painted as raciest?

    No different on what we don’t see in news reporting (print and newscast).

    God forbid if the bad guy or gal is described as Black when crimes reported by news organizations.

    Describing the bad guy or gal by race who just committed a crime is not politically correct, as is reporting on Black on Black shootings in Chicago and other cities.

    The irony of it all is if race of the suspect(s) had been reported through the years it might have forced local politicians and state officials to take action, instead of being in this no win situation where police our always painted as the bad guys by those on the left.

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