My firearms instruction class lasted 24 yrs so far.
Like most on this forum, we all have good and extensive experience. Fathers, uncles, grandfathers. Mothers! that all instill in us respect for firearms at early ages.
As we grow up, we go out on our own, hunting. Myself, I was allowed to hunt alone at 12. I proved to my father that I was safe and knew that I was responsible.
After high school, I went to law enforcement school. 2 years to earn an associates degree. Heavy instruction on law, deadly force, situational conditions. Hours apon hours of tactical/physical exercises, the List goes on.
After that, because of my younger age, I joined the military. Navy. Not a really weapon based force when you started out then. (Army, Marines in comparison). As extra duties, I signed on to security forces, got great training automatic weapons, awarded expert in pistol and rifle (navy, then for a landlubber?, wow) Main duty? Cryptology and Computers.
So, that's where I went to, Information Tech. Sure, I still shot at the range, always practiced. Never stopped thinking about a responsibility to protect myself and others around me. Never stopped the love for shooting and the responsibility that came with it.
Do I REST on that former experience?
I think the shortest answer is, NO.
See, a mind is a flexible thing. You have a mindset that is based mostly on your current conditions. Back then, I was more "warrior" like. I knew the what, when and how I would do things. Your trained, conditioned and will respond to that training.
That was 10 years ago.
Until 4 months ago. My thinking was almost always IP addresses, MAC address, routers, switches, XP, linux, unix etc.
There are things that you know and there are things you think you know. What I know now is that I'm in love with a woman, I want to have a life and I am quite scared at what my neighborhood is coming to.
I know that I don't have the current training. I know that I might not be as proficient in tactics as I once was. Muscle memory lost. No knowledge of current laws etc. I'm aware that others in my class are not trained, ignorant, un-disciplined, un-aware, frightened, and vengeful
Training. There is the answer.
Now, I might be saying something that many will disagree apon. Being well armed is not a right. It's a RESPONSIBILITY.
You are taking it apon yourself to ensure the safety of not only yourself and your family. It is also for all the others that you encounter if the moment arrives. We know what I mean by "moment"
And it's that "Moment" that should scare the hell out of us. Not just because we have to make a split decision, it's because we have to make the RIGHT decision.
One person should not relish the time when we need to take a human life, we should abore it. It is against the nature of most people to take life. However, it is those that know the difference of right and wrong that can either take action to stop those that do relish it and completely disregard human life.
That, in my humble opinion, is where a well regulated militia comes in and how I believe that it does apply to me.
Thus, I went to a CCW class even through I already qualify to get a CCW.
We can't ask everyone to have i.e. 24 years experience. But we NEED them to have good, insightful, practical, EDUCATIONAL experience. As much as it is. Poor as some may see it.
I apologize for the long post. I got on a roll and hugged my girlfriend.