Yet what if you enjoy it, have the money, and it is your hobby.... who is to tell me I am wasting my time and money? This isn't abut the olympics, it is only about my life. I got lucky the first time I had to use my firearm and swore I would never again just "own" a weapon, I would master it so in the rare event I had to use it again, I was as trained and ready as i could be. I don't see how you can say if you are not a cop or in a security field you are wasting your time when you can clearly look at the UCR and say your chances of being a victim are pretty good in your lifetime...... http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_01.html
Most of us who served, played sports, or are in other fields that required training know that you cannot learn all you need to know merely by reading a book. You need to practice and train and apply the knowledge. But to each his own, if you do not want to, that is fine but to say it is a waste of time and money is just ignorant.