QK you are correct. An amateur can tattoo a professional at any given moment, it is all in the luck of the draw. I just like having the deck stacked in my favor.
I agree totally with the scenarios you posted in those cases any gun, any training beats none at all. Yes in a perfect world gun owners would train to use what they carry but we do not live in a perfect world. As I have stated before a firearm is a tool and the shooter is the craftsman but to me we, as a culture, are losing that craft.
Everything nowadays is so sugar coated, lets not offend, don't tell them that type society that many no longer have the aggression needed to complete the task in a SD situation. I am in no way saying we need a race of killer, zombie, robotic attitudes but the act of carrying a firearm is for one purpose and one purpose only to defend yourself or loved ones which can include the taking of another life. We tell our kids "Don't worry son you can be anything you want to be in life if you just try". Well I hate to say it that is not going to happen.
My 16 year old son is 6'2" likes sports wants to play college ball, but does not practice, has issues in school and has decided that now he wants to be the next gangster rapper in our state. I had to inform him the other day he will not be an NBA all star, cannot go to college if he does not finish high school, and I know of only two white rappers and both have/had something he doesn't have, talent.
We have got to quit sugar coating the topic of carrying a weapon and self defense. It is a true life and death issue. Yes there will be new guys who have questions, ask them, and they will be answered but answer them stressing to them the importance of what endeavor they are taking on. The simple fact is some folks do not need to be carrying a firearm without further training be it their constitutional right or not face facts.
Anyways enough of my rant time for PT. I guess I am getting old and grumpy over here but please read what everyone has posted, learn from it and take the act of carrying seriously simply because it is.