While I laud the folks involved in hunter safety education, don't neglect
the fact the number of hunters nation wide is dwindling due to a number of
factors. Certainly this decrease is in part responsible for the hunting
"Utah's current program now consists of 12 hours of classroom training
along with a written exam and a shooting range qualification."Seems reasonable, and the results speak for them selves.So, the
law requires more training to bring a gun into the sparsely populated woods than
onto our city streets. And that is only if it is concealed. Zero training if
it is not.Does that make sense to anyone?
Joe Blow: You make a good point - doesn't seem to make much sense....on
paper. However, how many accidents have you heard of with people with concealed
weapon permits? The percentage of accidents to the number of those carrying has
to be so astronomically small it is hardly worth mentioning. So, to answer your
question.. it doesn't make sense.
"The percentage of accidents to the number of those carrying has to be so
astronomically small it is hardly worth mentioning. So, to answer your
question.. it doesn't make sense."Well then, lets use the
same logic to weapons in the home. The "percentage of accidents" is not
small at all. It is quite common on the DN to read stories of
children killed as a result of irresponsible gun ownership. Accidental
shootings are actually quite common.Think a bit of training may be
I know that anti-gun people like to make up statistics to claiming to show how
horrific it is that people actually carry firearms, but the permit to carry
concealed requires comprehensive training to apply. I have taken the
course myself and found it complete. The state of Utah requires applicants must
take an approved class taught by a certified instructor.
Good article. Wish it was given more press to influence other states and NRA to
promote gun safety education. I've never forgotten mine I received in the
60's in Calif. The GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED, never point it at anything unless
you intend to kill it, object or animal.
ALL gun owners should be trained how to handle guns safely at the least, and
preferably how to shoot them and all the other information they should
understand about firearms. If our law-makers really cared about us citizens they
would make gun training mandatory, not gun registration. But they do NOT care
about us, they care about getting control of the guns, hence the laws currently
on the books and the ridiculous registration process lawful citizens must
endure. Write your congressmen and ask them to require gun training instead of
gun registration and watch what DOESN'T happen.
Hunter education used to be provided in the junior high schools in Idaho when I
was a teen. It should still be offered however the over-reaction by a few
misguided education staff would seem to make that impossible. But that does not
make gun safety education and firearm training a bad idea. In my opinion,
everyone should be required to attend and complete firearm safety training
before being allowed to own a gun or get a hunting license. That just makes good
sense despite what the hand-wringers and fearful say. After all, it is the
mentally ill who commit the awful acts we se on TV and read about, not the
safety conscious, law abiding gun owners.
"Write your congressmen and ask them to require gun training instead of gun
registration ""In my opinion, everyone should be required to
attend and complete firearm safety training before being allowed to own a
gun"The NRA and the far right would go berserk at any such
"requirement". I expect Mr Richards might chime in also.
Joe, at one time hunter and firearm safety training was a part of grammar school
education. The 4H club and FFA were active in the schools and part of their
curriculum was firearm safety education. The NRA, whose certified instructors
train most security and police in the US, has offered to provide FREE firearms
safety education in public schools in many states. It is the Left that screams
bloody murder.Before the late 1950s, firearm training was accepted
because parents taught their children. Shooting clubs in high schools were
rather common. As the left has succeeded in shutting down safety training for
children, even when offered free in school, accident rates have gone up. The NRA
and NSSA have pushed for years to teach firearm safety and proficiency only to
be universally thwarted by the Progressive/Left/Liberal agenda.
Bruce.The key word was REQUIREMENT. I am not saying that the NRA
are against firearm safety classes.But they would certainly balk at
any training requirement for gun ownership.Heck, they are adamantly
opposed to smart guns.
Yeah, Joe, and I'm against cars that won't start if the seat belt
isn't fastened. Just throw another straw-man at the wall to see if it
sticks (mixed metaphor reply seems appropriate for your continued apples and
oranges distraction). I thought we were talking about the actual requirements
for concealed carry! But don't let the facts dissuade you from a good rant.
One last time, training for concealed carry *IS* required.
Maybe a gun safety unit could be included in the public school health
curriculum. That would raise a few hackles.