Ah. People want training for police in recognition of replica guns.
I wanna see the syllabus.
I want to see how anyone who knows the meaning of the word “replica” is going to structure that training.
From the Merriam-Webster.com online dictionary:
noun rep·li·ca \ˈre-pli-kə\
: an exact or very close copy of something
Now, let’s see. If it’s an exact copy, how is the officer (or lawfully armed citizen) going to be able to tell that it’s not the real thing, exactly? Does he or she wait for the first shot? Uh-oh, that could be a cap or a blank. Wait for the first bullet to hit, maybe, and make sure it’s not a BB, an air gun pellet, or a little Airsoft projectile?
News flash for those who need it: Bad guys use replica guns BECAUSE they are very hard to distinguish from real ones. That’s why their victims give them money during their robberies. Why would a robber use a fake gun? Maybe he can’t access a real one that day. Maybe he is under the (usually mistaken) belief that if it isn’t a real gun, he’ll be charged with something less than armed robbery if he’s caught.
Paint the fake ones bright colors? Please. They’ll just paint them flat black, the way they remove the orange muzzles from Airsoft guns or paint them to match the rest of the gun, already.
And what about all the pink and other cute color REAL guns on the market today, an idea that goes back to the old High Standard Sentinel pastel .22 revolvers in pink, gold, and sky blue of the 1950s? What about the real guns I see with Hello Kitty™ and such on them?
And what of the punks who take their REAL guns and paint the muzzles or the whole thing Day-Glo™ orange, in hopes of making an arresting officer hesitate long enough that the criminal can murder the cop?
I wanna see the syllabus. This idea strikes me as a big, steaming pile of unicorn feces.