Note from Dan: I’m on vacation this week, so you’re getting treated to some oldie-but-goodie columns from the past. This one appeared April 12, 2009. Sheriff Octavia Johnson is running for re-election in November. Meanwhile, another (ex) sheriff has owned up to some mistakes.
There is a great debate, it seems, on the question as to whether living, breathing humans should ever stand near targets on a firing range as the shooting commences.
That may sound hard to believe. But I heard a valiant defense for the practice at a news conference outside the Roanoke jail Friday.
Roanoke Sheriff Octavia Johnson organized it to respond to Roanoke Times reporter Amanda Codispoti’s remarkable story Friday about such training organized by the sheriff’s department last fall.
During the training at the Dixie Caverns shooting range, volunteers stood 50 to 100 yards downrange from the sharpshooters, and 2 to 5 feet away from the targets they aimed at.
The arguments in favor of humans-on-the-range target practice went like this: Read more »