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Group Wants To Eliminate ‘Black’ Targets From Training

Group Wants To Eliminate ‘Black’ Targets From Training

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The ‘No More Black Targets’ campaign argues that shooting ranges and instructors should not use “menacing” black targets, and is petitioning to end the practice, citing trigger bias.

“Young black men are 3X more likely to be shot by trained shooters than their white peers,” notes the site for the campaign. “A disturbing potential correlation: The most popular target for shooters to learn to use their firearm is a black silhouette. Unconscious bias can be deadly.”

A Change.org petition by the group intends to call upon the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors to end the use of black silhouette targets.

The No More Black Targets petiton had 18 signatures as of Feb. 17.

The group has also created a number of alternative designs rather than the traditional dark silhouette through an art collective.

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  • copper

    According to a Washington Post database in 2015 there were 258 blacks fatally shot by police with 228 in 2016. In 2015 there were 495 whites(+237 whites than black)shot and killed by police and 462 (+234 whites than black) in 2016. Using 3X those numbers would mean 1485 blacks should have been killed in 2015 and 1386 in 2016. WaPo says the total says the total of all ethnic groups shot and killed by police is 991 for 2015 and 957 2016. I don”t know what definition of a “trained” shooter they are referring too. One statistic that is readily accepted is that young black males shoot and kill young black males more than any other group.

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