A story best illustrates my question:
My barber is a nice Italian man my age, good barber, cheap prices, have gone to him for years - and a few months ago I mentioned something about going to the range. He said "Oh, you own guns?" And I said yes, handguns. He said he did too, just one, a snub revolver that he keeps for protection in a drawer and he pointed the drawer out. I asked what range he goes to and he said "O no, I don't shoot it, it's just there in case, you know.". So I ask how long he had it. "20 years" Soooo, I said how did it shoot when he first had it. He reacted like I was asking how nuclear reactors worked. "Oh no", he said "I never shot it. I got my permit, bought the gun, loaded it and put it away. Only time I touched it"
So, I offered to take him to my range, no fee for him, he'd be my guest, and I even had some .38 ammo he could shoot. But he wasn't interested. All this time flashes are coming to me of all the efforts of mine from Day 1 (and didn't know zip about shooting) when I applied for my permit, takes a long time to get it in my area. I read forums while waiting for the permit, talked to police, talked to lawyers, read articles, and even after I got the permit and bought a gun (Colt Python - great deal, couldn't pass it up) shot at the range daily a good two months before I began Carrying it. I wanted to KNOW WHAT I WAS DOING - I WAS BRINGING A LETHAL WEAPON among the public. I felt this was a grave responsibility - and I still read forums, talk to police, lawyers, and am at the range twice a week. I've spent god knows how much time and money - but again, I AM RESPONSIBLE.
So, with someone like the barber who never has and never will even shoot his gun, do you think it wise for people like that to even have a gun? I don't mean the State should take it away - but on a personal realm - why bother having a weapon you will never know and never shoot except in a crisis - when you HAVE to know the law and how to shoot. Maybe pepper spray would be better for these people. And I've seen some of this new wave of gun owners - some of them all giggly like they are getting a new cell-data phone just out. "O look honey at that cute little gun, let's get that one". I can see them shooting it the first couple of weeks and then the gun sits for good, like their earlier model cellphone.
So perhaps guns aren't for everybody - the people who won't ever do even basic practice.
Any thoughts on this. Thanks.