We who are, or strive to be, proficient in the safe and effective use of firearms, know that training must be regular and realistic; shooting as often as possible, practicing drawing from on-body carry, dry-fire drills, etc...
Apparently, for a Pennsylvania State Representative [Democrat of course], the private citizen should only need to defend oneself against white-tailed deer, black bear, wild turkey, and elk......or presumably, a bull's-eye shaped assailant. Because being prepared to defend oneself, family or home against a human perpetrator [when was the last time a wild turkey assaulted you?]....it "perpetuate violence". I don't see why he pursues these half measures......why doesn't he simply outlaw violent crime?
Posted: January 8, 2015 04:11 PM
From: Representative Thaddeus Kirkland
To: All House members
Subject: Shooting Range Legislation
In the near future, I will introduce legislation amending Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, which will 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.