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1 Joanne  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 1:01:17pm

Here’s my problem: I’d feel much better about people carrying guns if the average joe had (reiterate HAD, as in, was required) to take training (ideally becoming certified) because you can easily shoot the wrong person when getting involved in a scuffle.

As it is now, Scooter takes his god- given rights down to the corner store and voila! he’s packing heat. Does he know how to use it? Who knows. Clean it? Who knows. Use the safety? Who knows. Aim and hit intended targets? Who knows. Keep it protected, stored properly, his kids safe from if finding it and playing cowboys and Indians, etc., etc., etc. A gun is a weapon and should require training (yes, that goes for hunters, too).

There seems to me to be too little concerning gun safety and too much concerning simple ownership. I mean, you have to pass a test to drive a car, why can’t safety and usage tests be required to own guns which are at least as lethal as a Buick?

2 Political Atheist  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 1:22:42pm

re: #1 Joanne

The intwntion coming from a police chief, and certainly from myself is this goes with a good deal of training. When you get close to it like looking at a quality class and range to train at you start to see the safety emphasis. Some people come to this as i said, from zero experience and need all the training. That’s a big job. Of course many people who target shoot or hunt that add self defense and need less training having already done the basics.

3 William Barnett-Lewis  Thu, Feb 6, 2014 5:59:00pm

I fully believe that responsible people should be allowed to carry. I also think that people who screw up need to be hammered.

How did we stop the DWI epidemic? Not by banning booze, not by banning cars, but we did save thousands of lives annually by taking DWI seriously and really enforcing the laws against it.

We need to spend the money to do the same for straw buying and other gun crimes. If we do, the amount of crime associated with guns will go down the way that the crime of DWI has decreased.

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