Lets take a look at that.The qualification should be American Citizenship and a background clear of felonies and domestic violence.
Nether is driving a vehicle, but you must acquire a learners permit, and be supervised while acquiring the skill to take a drivers test before your issuesd a license to drive ,Shooting a gun isn't rocket surgery.
You're completely taking my quote out of context which is intellectually dishonest.Lets take a look at that.
All the revolutionaries who signed the declaration of independence were considered criminals by the king [ gov they were ruled by at the time ]. Hmm,
Our founding fathers created 2A to limit the government, not to establish parameters for the population. Concealed carry requirements exist for two reasons. 1- to generate revenue, and 2- to restrict/deny people the right to carry. We have states who tell people that protecting themselves is not a good reason to carry a gun, and the decision for that to not be a valid reason is enabled by....people who have armed security for protection.On the one hand, I want to agree with the people like @Havok, who say anyone who wants to carry should be able to. On the other hand, the one I tend to lean more towards, I agree with those who say there should be some kind of qualification. It is the right to keep and bear arms; I get that. But some part of me wonders if the founders just weren't thinking of or didn't have any experience with people who simply cannot handle a firearm safely. I'm not saying at all that the 2A is due for a change. Not by any stretch. All I'm saying is there are people out there who can't shoot straight even on a range in ideal conditions.
I shot next to a guy a couple months ago who claimed to be preparing for his concealed carry class for OK, which does have a shooting portion, although there's no minimum score; you just have to prove you can handle it safely. This guy couldn't keep a pattern under a foot wide on a target 10 feet away - with a .22 target pistol that looked to have about a 6-7" barrel. There's no way I'd trust that guy anywhere near me or my loved ones in a stressful situation, trying to fend off an attacker or be a hero.
So on one hand it's the right to keep and bear arms, not the licensed privilege. But on the other hand I've known and seen some people who really, really can't shoot to save their life. I've known people who are in no mental condition to carry. And I've known and seen people who have little to no understanding of self-defense law even though they managed to get their license to carry, and think it's perfectly reasonable to shoot someone in the back as they run away after damaging someone's property.
Only because of who won the revolution.You're completely taking my quote out of context which is intellectually dishonest.
Acts of revolution are not in the same boat as convicted criminals of various crimes.
Oh, absolutely! Happens all the time. Training isn't absolutely necessary. However, I believe it helps tip the odds in the defender's favor and frankly, is the responsible thing to do.Yet, we often hear of a juvenile or elderly person with absolutely zero training picking up a family gun and successfully defending themselves or others.
I've never bought into the driving comparison. If someone starts driving, they will send a multi-thousand pound projective down the roads and highways and if they are not proficient, they may run them into other people and hurt them.Nether is driving a vehicle, but you must acquire a learners permit, and be supervised while acquiring the skill to take a drivers test before your issuesd a license to drive ,
I'm all for people exercising there right to have a firearm but I've see as I'm sure others have to that some people shouldn't just because they can ...
Which is why folks should consider taking a MAG40 class with Massad Ayoob. All kinds of self-defense law is part of the class as well as shooting. Here in my neck of the woods, we have some classes taught by local folks which deal with the use of lethal force. I believe classes like this are essential for any CCW'er.@jmf552, I see your point about cars flying down the road every day and guns, well, not. That's very true. But while guns leave their "garage" (holster) much less often, the knowledge of when to do that is very important and I've met many people who think they understand when it's legal to employ deadly force, but are in fact very wrong. For instance, I've met multiple people who think that they can legally bring out a gun any time they get into a fight someone else starts, or to defend property (not inside your home or vehicle). Neither of those is legal in my state, but people still believe it.
Yet we hear of many others who didn't as well. Luck favors the prepared. Luck also plays a major role in staying above ground no matter the level or lack thereof. Luck may be as much as 95% of winning, but I prefer to have that 5% covered as thoroughly as possible.Yet, we often hear of a juvenile or elderly person with absolutely zero training picking up a family gun and successfully defending themselves or others.