Carrying without Training?

Carrying either concealed or open and have no training?

Then you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Take a look at the graphic here.

So there is KK (know what you know), KDK (know that you don’t know), and DKDK (don’t know that you don’t know)

If you think that you’re ready to responsibly carry a firearm, but haven’t trained for action scenarios…then you fall into the DKDK category.  Oh wait, now you Do know that there is something that you don’t know!

The scary fact is that there are many gun owners who have not even taken a Basic Pistol Safety course.  Yet these same people are intending to carry their firearm.  Pistol instructors agree that the person who attends a course because it is required by their state for a permit, often have very unsafe habits, and an incomplete knowledge of gun types, operation, malfunctions, etc.

Public Service Note:

Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction

Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire

The awesome power of carrying a firearm carries with it an awesome Responsibility.  It is not just the safe handling of the firearm, it is not just the ability to regularly punch holes in paper accurately, it is not even the ability to place rounds on target under stress and adrenaline dump.

Carrying implies that you are supposed to be competent with all of the above.  The real question is, have you completely, thoroughly, thoughtfully, honestly considered everything involved in Using your firearm as a weapon?

Move past the mental images of glory, of “getting” the Bad Guy.  There is a whole world of moral, legal, emotional, social, and even political outcomes that are just as important to think about as “saving the day”.

Understand me.  I’m not saying don’t carry.  I’m saying get the training, do the thinking, keep practicing, and be the competent gun owner/carrier that we need more of.

Start with the Basic Pistol Safety course phase I and II that many states require their carry permit holders to take.  Then go on to action pistol, and tactical courses.  They’re a lot of fun, and will open your eyes to the awesome power and responsibility of gun ownership.

Be part of the solution.

Brian Dillon 2/5/17

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