@Burdo is correct! The article I wrote is for those that already own guns and understand the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. We will not convince anti gun groups, or even some gun owners that any law is an infringement, by ounding our chest and jumping up and down and screaming “it’s my right!”. I say this as someone that grew up shooting guns. I have been an avid hunter all my life. I started shooting when I was 6. I shot skeet and trap competition as well as 22 Pistol and riles silhouette competition. When I decided to get my carry permit I was extremely perturbed that I had to “waste” an entire day and pay some guy $100 for “government approval” to exercise my God given right! By the end of the day, I realized there was a lot I didn’t know about Self-defense and firearms. I came home that night and told my wife I was going to become a firearm instructor. Today as a full time firearms instructor, I have trained over 10,000 students and have been very fortunate to train with the best instructors in the country. If we are going to secure our 2nd Amendment freedoms for generations to come we are going to have to be well trained and educated on the facts. When we are confronted with 2A issues must be able to articulate our position with both logici and passion without being confrontational.
Do you know facts about gun related deaths? How many are true homicides vs suicide? How many homicides are committed with long guns vs handguns vs knives, fist feet hands, ect. When someone says to you “we should ban all assault rilfes” can you calmly and correctly present them with facts? Did you know that the CDC in a recent report (that the news media buried) estimates there are at least as many defensive gun uses by good guys as there are by criminals, and states defensive gun uses could be as high as 3 million times a year. That is 8,000 times a day that a law abiding gun owner uses a firearm to prevent a crime 99% of the time without ever having to fire a shot.
We may also have to appeal to their sense of compassion. Take a few minutes to read this!
After more than a decade of training civilians, Millitary and Law Enforcement I can promise you that most gun owners, including Millitary and LEO are not proficient with firearms, especially handguns. Most Millitary personnel rarely shoot handguns, and the average police officer only shoots about 50 rounds about twice a year in qualifcations. In today’s world every mistake we make is going to be amplified in the media. If they will jump to conclusions and report false or misleading facts about police, who are supposed to be the most highly trained, htink of what they will do to average citizens who have less training.