There has been a rather disturbing development in the training that DHS is providing. If it can be said that one trains for the fight one expect to have, it’s pretty clear that DHS plans to shoot pregnant women, children, and the elderly. For the lead-in to my discussion, Doug Ross (no relation) has more…
Finally, the DHS will put an end to the epidemic of seven-year olds and pregnant women shooting cops. The company says it’s all about, uhm, realism.
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.
Note that there are other targets featuring elderly people.
Doug discusses this extensively, and he is spot-on. however, I want to expand on one aspect of this, and it’s the targets themselves. Historically, soldiers trained on bulls-eye targets for practice. And, for many of America’s wars, dead soldiers were found with loaded muskets, or, in later wars, unfired rifles-meaning that they never fired once in contact with the enemy. After researching the matter, it was discovered that practicing on bulls-eyes made for good marksmanship on the firing range, but it did not prepare the soldier to fire on an actual, living human being that meant to kill him. The solution was simple enough-have the soldiers practice on targets that resembled human silhouettes. The result were dramatic, and by the time Vietnam came along, most soldiers were firing. They were prepared to fire on what they were going to face. it seems like common sense now, but on the battlefield, a moment’s hesitation can be fatal, so preparing people for the targets they will be engaging is only logical. In other words, there is a REASON to shoot at a specific type of target.
So, if DHS is prepping law enforcement to fire on pregnant women, children, and the elderly, they think that they will be KILLING pregnant women, children, and the elderly. And, they want officers to be totally prepared to do that without hesitation. In other words, our government is preparing to make war on all of us-even the most vulnerable of us.
If this doesn’t make the hairs on the back of you head stand on end, there is nothing I can do for you. You will be surprised, as will be the rest of the useful idiots.