Commodore76 wrote:On the two points I made bold:To all the ladies and gentlemen who post here about the dangers of firearms and lack of training, do you really believe that you are the golden messiah sent from high on the mountain to educate us lowly little beings about the dangers of firearms?
While I'm not going to point out where this has happened over and over, I'm more than a little annoyed with the folks who make comments about improper training, lack of training, bad guys taking guns from good people, etc...
Yes, as with MANY things in life, guns, lack of firearms training, improper handling, complacency are all bad things. Pretty sure that damn near EVERYONE that posts here knows that there are dangers associated with guns.
Get into a car withan education from public school? Far more likely to kill yourself or someone else to to state-sanctioned lack of education. No emergency driving drills, how to drive in bad weather...Should we warn them about the dangers of bad guysstealing their cars and using them to commit crime?
Why do it here?If someone asks asimple question as to how to educate someone who may notbe aware of their rights, stick to the damn point and don't go offon your little "guns can be dangerous" speech! You sound VERY anti-gun when you do that.
About your comments about lack of training. I will guarantee that even a jedi master such as yourself has not and will not meet the bar that some people have set for themselves. Check yourself. There's always someone bettertrained than you.Are you really qualified tostand on the soap box?
Basic point is this: We know guns are dangerous. Please stop stating the extremely obvious. Some people will get training, others will not. Accept it and moveon with your lives.
As respectfully as possible,
Yes, everyone SHOULD know that guns are dangerous. It's unfortunate that not all do. How many times do we see pictures of people fooling with guns posted on the internet. Have you ever seen someone think it's cool to look down the barrel of a pistol to see the end of the bullet that is in the chamber only to laugh how cool it looks? Sounds stupid, doesn't it but it DOES happen. It happens because there are far too many people that have become complacent around guns and have never been taught the proper respect for them. Unlike a car, you can take your gun many places and do damage a car could never do. A bullet travels far and wide and is indiscriminate in who it kills. You would expect a car on the road/highway and take appropriate action to defend yourself. One can be sitting in a living room, office, bedroom, etc, and suddenly a bullet comes through the wall, discharged by someone showing off for his friends.
Training comes in all different shapes and forms. It can be as simple as reading the manual that comes with most firearms today, having a "sit-down" with a parent, relative, or friendthat stresses BASIC gun safety. My first gun safety mentor at age 8 was a County Coroner. He saw his share of accidents with guns.It can be as advanced as a year long tactical training course that only a self sufficient multi-millionaire can afford. The point is that TRAINING is important. Knowing Safety, Operation, and Legality of gun use can not be assumed, it has to come from somewhere. Too many people go into gun shops today and don't even know how to load the weapon they are purchasing. The Clerk gives them basic instruction and that's it. These often are the people that "accidently" shoot themselves, their children, their neighbors, etc. because they felt they "Knew Enough".
Based on some of the dumb comments that show up in posts on this, and other forums, the issues I mention here, there are far too many out there with guns that are deficient in their respect for same and could use at least a little basic "Training".
As for my being an "anti" because of my views on the above, far be it from the truth. I have been a "gun entusiast" since my early teens and have carried a firearm for over 45 years. I encourage as many people as possible to obtain a firearm and use it wisely. Wisdom dictates that they get training in order to understand and use it wisely.
Some may disagree but I sincerely hope it is not in principle, merely details.