Hey all. Sorry if I'm reviving an old topic or other--more recent--threads that I missed. Anyhoo . . . . here's my $0.02
I took my AZ CCW 8-hour class yesterday and it was, well--eye opening to say the least. We started the class with range work. The instructor must've eyeballed us and given us more credit than we deserved because he decided to waive the 5-yard qualify and do everything at 10 yards. Big deal, right? Well, for some it was a big deal.
We had guys who couldn't remember to keep their fingers off the trigger between shots (despite repeated admonishments), who couldn't keep their firearm pointed downrange (yikes!), who couldn't operate a mag release (duh), who couldn't figure out which way the cylinder turned on their revolver (double-duh) and who couldn't keep from yanking on the trigger. The trigger yanker was DQ'd several times but we voted to give him another chance (several times) until--out of desperation--he was marched 5 paces closer and STILL barely managed to stay in the minimum target box. [Lowered standards strikes again, I guess, as nobody in the class actually got DQ'd] :blink:
Even more eye-opening was talking to a couple of these rocket surgeons during the breaks. Scaaaa--rryy!! :gah:
The instructor was rolling his eyes a lot and muttering out loud stuff like "haven't you guys ever practiced?" or "you need to work on shooting your gun!" and "have you ever fired this thing?" and so on.
I'm all for the 2nd Amendment . . . blah-blah, but I also support the *militia* aspect of the 2nd. I especially believe in the militia standard (able-bodied, mentally sound, and *trained* types) when it comes to carrying concealed handguns (sure, let any schmoe keep his shotgun by his bed as far as I'm concerned).
This may be heresy to say on this site in particular, but I don't see it as a God-given *right* to carry concealed. I think it's bending the meaning of the 2nd's right to keep and bear.
Just think, in a few weeks the state of Arizona will have another crop of dim-witted incompetents who can't hit the side of a barn packing heat. And just because Murphy hasn't reared his knotty head doesn't mean he won't--someday. Would you want one of your loved ones to be standing nearby when that goes down? Me neither.
If you really want to impress the gungrabbers and liberals, states should make the CCW crowd something to point to and say "this is how it should be done".
OK, :blackeye: [let the flamefest begin . . . .]