Fair enough; my statement was not intended as a political or legal statement but rather one borne of a pragmatic responsibility perspective. This training has traditionally been performed from father to son and so on and so forth. But in the vacuum of the broken home - the fatherless family - the cards are stacked against the average child growing up in the US ever learning a vast number of things, not the least of which is responsible firearm ownership and handling. I do NOT want to go here, but take the case of driving. Anyone who grew up on a farm was likely driving when they were 8 or 9, yet we require training in most - if not all - jurisdictions for a person to be allowed to legally drive. The minimum training required to obtain a license would seem to be justified, and yet despite it all, insurance actuarials will tell you the average male will experience 2.5 accidents before they figure it all out. The question is... will they survive those 2.5 accidents? Some will, some will not."Just 'cause you have the cash and no criminal background doesn't mean you qualify to own a gun."
Actually, it does...And rightly so...While your point is well taken, we can't require people to want to be trained...That's why it's so important for us to be willing to teach those that do want to learn, and share the sport. If we required mandatory training for ownership, we'd have more gvt. involvement and control. Then they would want to tell us what type of firearms we can have...well, you can see where this is going...Your point is valid within the common sense realm, outside of control. Having said that, I'm glad that the states regulating/requiring training for CC do so...That minimal training does help some of those people to get a grasp of the dangers , etc. Then there are the states that don't require any training...boy oh boy...
They are "all loaded". That's the way it SHOULD be viewed!Lack of training and basic firearm knowledge is indeed the issue here. Rowabi is right that more control leads to more restrictions, in a perfect world taking a simple and detailed safety course (and no farther pressure or restrictions from antis) would help save countless lives. Every time I pick up a gun I always take a peak in the chamber even if I'm 99.99% sure it's unloaded, just a habit I guess.