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THE NEED FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS CLASSES

Posted by Tim Bryce on January 29, 2016

BRYCE ON GUNS

– Why it should be considered mandatory to attend such classes.

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Let me begin by saying I believe everyone in the country should attend a concealed weapons class. Whether you are a pro or anti gun advocate, every citizen should attend such a class, be it privately taught, in schools, or some other venue. If you are unfamiliar with the class, let me clear up an important misconception, it is NOT about gun advocacy, it is about gun safety. Although such classes vary from state to state, it is essentially used to teach the fundamentals of how a gun is used, how it should be stored and maintained, and all of the pertinent laws associated with it.

I took such a class a few years ago here in Florida and was very much impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of the instructor. Again, this was less about the actual firing of the weapon as opposed to a description of the various types of weapons (e.g., rifle, shotgun, semiautomatic, single and double action revolvers, etc.), what their capabilities are, gun safety “do’s and do nots,” and what to do in an emergency. For example, in my class, the instructor gave some pragmatic advice as to what to do if someone breaks into your home while you are there. It wasn’t so much about shooting the suspect as opposed to contacting the authorities and protecting yourself. Overall, I found the class to be equally useful for those who were already knowledgeable about guns as well as the uninitiated.

While some people see gun control as the answer to solving weapons accidents and assaults, I believe an educated populace would save more lives and result in fewer victims whether it is due to an accident or premeditated assault. An informed public is less likely to become a victim and more likely to survive a shooting situation. Anyone who has attended such a class would probably agree, education is the key. Everyone from Middle School onward should be taught the lessons of gun safety. Even children in Elementary grades should learn some of the basics.

Again, let me be clear, this is not about gun advocacy or how to hurt anyone, and it certainly is not intended to glamorize guns, which we will leave to Hollywood. Instead, it is about safety and knowing what to do in dangerous situations. It is about survival.

Originally published: June 13, 2014

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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6 Responses to “THE NEED FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS CLASSES”

  1. Tim Bryce said

    An M.B. of Wilmington, North Carolina wrote…

    “Tim, I agree with your thesis. I have a concealed carry permit in North Carolina where open carry is allowed. I would go a step further and suggest that a retitled version of the course offering the same content should be a prerequisite for any gun purchase simply because the course safety aspects coupled with the laws governing concealed carry and use of deadly force should be understood by all. In my concealed carry class most had prior training, some were vets like me, others law enforcement. I did the presentation of the revolver and it was amazing how many in this group did not understand the difference in a hammered revolver able to be both double and single action.”

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  2. Tim Bryce said

    A D.F. of Austin, Texas wrote…

    “Yes, gun safety should be a part of the civics curriculum in elementary and high school. Part and parcel with lessons on how voting works, branches of government, separation of church and state and son on. Eliminate ignorance on the topic and in the long run reduce the partisan divide on the topic. We aren’t going to change that there are anti-gun folks and American folks because in the US we have freedom to chose any politics you want. We aren’t going to change that some folks don’t trust anyone with guns. The ignorance part, that’s what public education was chartered for.”

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  3. Tim Bryce said

    My interview this morning (Fri, Jan 29th) on KIT-AM in Yakima, WA with Super Dave Ettl & Lance Tormey on “The Need for Concealed Weapons Classes.”

    [audio src="http://www.phmainstreet.com/audio/kit_01_29_2016.mp3" /]

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  4. Wayne Brown said

    I agree totally, Tim. Many in this country who are against guns take the position only because they are “afraid of guns”. They know nothing about them and have never really been around them much less touched one. Gaining a knowledge of them and actually fire a gun might just be the information that they need to actually form an opinion that is based in substance. They might also begin to understand why police officers employ deadly force when an armed suspect comes too near and refuses to follow instructions. I did not decide to become a CHL holder because I believed that I wanted to shoot anyone. I did it because I realized that in many instances my family and myself would have no other means of immediate protection. That protection is successful if it subdues the perpetrator. Hopefully the mere presence of the gun will be enough to stop anything more serious from taking place but if it does not, the gun has a purpose that may well be life-saving for that individual. The other awareness is that the person will find that, by far, the people who go for a CHL are level-headed an logical people–not “shoot ’em cowboys” itching to kill. This would be time well spent but you will never see it in today’s liberal education schedule. ~W

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  6. Tim Bryce said

    A J.U. of Clearwater, Florida wrote…

    “As an FYI, my concealed carry was about to expire and I was in Miami on business so I went to the License Renewal office ran by the State of Florida. They were very professional and I was in and out with a new license in less than 60 minutes. The interesting part of this experience was I started in the office where new license holders were applying, there must have been close to 30 people waiting to obtain a concealed carry permit. They were all ages, all colors, men and women. It is obvious that the movement to carry a concealed weapon is very active.”

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