Editor/Contributor: Joshua Garcia
The title might be misleading but I couldn’t think of a different way to word it. So before y’all start tearing into me, let me preface this article by saying that I am pro-gun and I am a huge advocate for having a gun for self-defense.
Now that that’s out of the way, let me clarify what I mean by the title.
I carry. But I also train. I go to the range and I dry fire at home. So I feel confident with the weapon(s) that I have on my person and in my home.
There are many people who simply buy a gun and then never touch it again, thinking that just having the gun will make them safer.
Let me tell you a story. My husbands aunt bought a gun right before Y2K. That was typical during Y2K, as lots of people feared the worst.
She stored the gun inside of a box, inside of her closet. Once she bought it and put it in that closet, she never touched it again.
Did it make her feel better? Not really. She had it, but she didn’t know how to use it, she admitted that she wasn’t even sure if she would use it if someone were to come into her home.
So does simply having a gun really make you safer?
In my opinion, no. It’s like having a fire extinguisher but never reading the instructions. Or like having an alarm system and having no idea how to arm or disarm it. It just doesn’t make sense to have something that is meant to help protect you, but have no idea how to use it.
I’m not saying that everyone who owns a gun should get hardcore tactical training. However, getting into an introductory class about how to shoot and then going to the range at least once a month, will give you the confidence that you need in order to wield that gun should you have to use it to defend yourself.
If you’re really dedicated to real-world training, getting into a couple defensive firearm training classes is extremely valuable. I’ve learned so much through defensive firearm classes that have made me far more confident with handling any firearm, especially my everyday carry.
So in conclusion, in my opinion, if you’re going to have a gun, get some basic training on how to use it. The more confident you are with using something that has the potential to take a life, can make all the difference when you need to use it for self-defense.