Well, it seems so to me.
Let me start off by saying I first got into firearms to suck up to the father of my then girlfriend (now my wife of 23 years). He was a Sheriff's deputy, an avid hunter and an NRA pistol and rifle instructor.
My dad was a WWII veteran from the European arena, and he forbid guns in the house so when I had the opportunity (and a place of my own) I bought my first weapon, a 12 Ga Mossberg pump shotgun.
I went hunting (unsuccessfully I might add) with my father in law for many years until about 10 years ago when he started getting confused, and was suffering a bit of dementia.
He was the one who turned me on to a police department which was converting all of their S&W 610 long barrel stainless steel .357 revolvers for 9mm autos. They were selling them for $160 each. He offered to have a friend who was a gun dealer hold it for me until I got my permit. I said, you bet. I own the gun to this day, and use it exclusively for deer hunting.
The reason I was unsuccessful at hunting was that I didn't practice. So last year, I bought myself a range membership, and now go shooting for fun and practice.
Very recently I have become interested in being able to carry concealed. Partially because of all the weird crap that has been happening in malls and other public places. Before I carry a weapon, I want to be sure I know how to use it safely and effectively. So I'm putting in the range time, and I'm paying for training courses (hopefully both personal protection courses offered by the NRA soon) so that if I carry I won't shoot myself in the foot or hurt an innocent person.
This makes me wonder why people trust a police officer that they don't know over a friend that they do know when it comes to carrying a gun. Is it the training?