I’m a Target, You’re a Target, Your Kid’s a Target!!

by Mike

No More Hesitation - Desensitizing Police and Federal Officers to dealing with atypical threats - IE You, your wife, your mother, your kids!

No More Hesitation – Desensitizing Police and Federal Officers to dealing with atypical threats:
IE You, your wife, your mother, your kids! (Click for full impact)

A story that’s been brewing this week, and got hot enough that the vendor involved pulled their images and descriptions from the web, involves training law enforcement and federal officers not to hesitate before shooting – YOU!

And the government wonders why we cling to our guns, even as they stockpile bullets by the billion, and award large contracts to the company which produces ‘civilian’ targets.

The news that Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., was selling these targets and featuring them prominently on their website, was first broken on Tuesday by Reason Foundation’s ‘Hit and Run‘ blog, asking “Is your local police department using pictures of women and children for target practice?“, and was rapidly picked up by Glen Beck’s “The Blaze” and Joe Miller’s “Restoring Liberty

Life is cheap - practicing to take yours, that is.

Life is cheap – practicing to take yours, that is.
(Click for full size)

What they discovered was that the thoughtful folks at Law Enforcement Targets, Inc., in the People’s Republic of Minnesota, had designed a new series of targets (“No More Hesitation”), specifically designed, in their words, “to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training”. Feel comforted yet? They also sent this quote to Mike Riggs at Reason:

“The subjects in NMH targets were chosen in order to give officers the experience of dealing with deadly force shooting scenarios with subjects that are not the norm during training.

I found while speaking with officers and trainers in the law enforcement community that there is a hesitation on the part of cops when deadly force is required on subjects with atypical age, frailty or condition (one officer explaining that he enlarged photos of his own kids to use as targets so that he would not be caught off guard with such a drastically new experience while on duty).

This hesitation time may be only seconds but that is not acceptable when officers are losing their lives in these same situations. The goal of NMH is to break that stereotype on the range, regardless of how slim the chances are of encountering a real life scenario that involves a child, pregnant woman, etc. If that initial hesitation time can be cut down due to range experience, the officer and community are better served.”

And check out their customers:

We are proud to call some of America’s most trusted and relied upon groups and organizations, our customers. This includes:

Military Branches – U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, U.S. National Guard, U.S. Air Force

Government Organizations – Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), Dept. of Justice, U.S. Treasury Dept, and many more…

Law Enforcement – Thousands of law enforcement agencies at the municipal, county, and state levels.

Now I really feel comforted, don’t you? Just imagine, a drug bust goes bad, the jackbooted thugs kick down the wrong door in the night, granny grabs her gun, but thanks to the genius of Tom Ahonen and Phil Knopik at LE Targets, the agents don’t hesitate to splatter her all over the room.

Just imagine the outrage if the NRA sold a nice line of home defense targets consisting of black uniformed ATF agents, jackbooted State Troopers, and police officers? What if every armed citizen was trained not to hesitate if threatened? Unthinkable, isn’t it? And yet, our supposed protectors are training to assume WE are the bad guys, and shoot sooner rather than later. God help us!

Here’s the full list of target descriptions, left to right in the montage above – spelling errors in original:

NMH-1 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile pregnant woman in a nursery.

NMH-2 Non-traditional threat target of an older man holding a shotgun.

NMH-3 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile older man in his home holding a shotgun.

NMH-4 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile older woman in her home.

NMH-5 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile young mother surrouonded by children on a playground.

NMH-6 Non-traditional threat dipicting a hostile school aged girl on street.

NMH-7 Non-traditional threat dipicting a very young boy holding a real gun.

Each target description carries the following helpful information (again, errors in original):

Designed to prepare officers for the worst possible situation.
Background is faded further highligting and highlighting the threat.
Full Color realistic target.
Size: 23″ x 35

If it’s any consolation, our friends Tom and Phil at LE Targets must have suffered a twinge of conscience, or maybe some bad PR, because all reference to “NMH” targets has vanished down their memory hole. Not before a lot of bloggers got screen grabs, however, and so the images above are brought to you by a combination of Google cached pages and The New Press.

Have a nice Sunday, folks, and perhaps time to ask the local police “What’s on YOUR target?”

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  • C. dog e. doG

    Don’t forget their surrealism series, including: Ruby Ridge mother with child and Waco massacre special. And for an extra 5¢/target you can have them signed by shake-n-bake Janet Reno!
    – C. dog recalling with fondness the good ol’ days

    • allen

      which reminds me..when was the last time anyone here as seen the Waco FLIR footage? remember..the people who did that WERE PROMOTED and are now in charge of the ATF and FBI.

      • C. dog e. doG

        And the fate of the fellow who shot the mother between the eyes at Ruby Ridge? Surely he was sent to Fed prison on a murder one rap, right?
        – C. dog

        • allen

          Lon Horiuchi, who was a sniper with the FBI HRT at both waco and ruby ridge, as of 2008 seems to be associated with a company called H-S Precision out of South Dakota. however, as far as I can tell he may still also be employed by the FBI.

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  • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

    The ever-vigilant C.dog – obviously trained not to hesitate when commenting.
    The kind of guy I’d want on my team if the revolution came – fire away! (metaphorically speaking, for now)

    • Rick_GraniteGrok

      The object lesson here if, God forbid, we find ourselves in such circumstances where the government is targeting citizens, 1) don’t get caught in the open; 2) well-placed shots; 3) Practice the 3 C’s: Camouflage, Cover, and Concealment.

      • C. dog e. doG

        Update: targeting citizens on terra Sammy … which may explain why they purchased so much ammunition of late.
        – C. dog behind his cloak of concealment

  • http://www.facebook.com/george.zeiter George Zeiter

    This so wrong on so many levels I can not begin to explain. This kind of crap will push the tipping point. Please everyone keep a level head and continue to be observant.

    • allen

      cooper condition yellow/orange

      Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your
      mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”.
      You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place
      and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your
      eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot
      today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed
      you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow
      whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t
      know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able
      to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in
      front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot
      behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding
      information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree
      radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

      Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has
      your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift
      your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not
      drop your six). Your mindset shifts to “I may have to shoot that person
      today”, focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation
      in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: “If that
      person does “X”, I will need to stop them”. Your pistol usually remains
      holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental
      strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat
      proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow

      • http://www.facebook.com/george.zeiter George Zeiter

        Roger that!

        • allen

          I find myself in orange more and more…usually has to do with the colors black and white..I wonder why…

          allen, wondering why clicking his heels doesn’t get rid of the funny colors.

          • http://www.facebook.com/george.zeiter George Zeiter

            That is rich and so apropos.

    • http://granitegrok.com/author/mike Mike Rogers

      Completely agree this is simply another reason for heightened watchfulness.
      One of my key points is that government and their forces would scream holy hell if we the people were practicing with targets of THEM.
      The price of freedom is indeed eternal vigilance.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

    If they’re going to be consistent about training officers to shoot at threats, regardless of physical appearance, they need to use targets of police officers, military members, politicians and armed federal officers as well. Just because they’re wearing a uniform doesn’t mean they’re legit or haven’t gone off the reservation.

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  • Dan

    A cop shot at pictures of his own kid? There’s a mental evaluation that needs to be done IMMEDIATELY.

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