Peter A. Gudmundsson is CEO of Dallas-based Beckett Media. He is a hunter and gun owner.
How about if the government provided free or low-cost marksmanship, tactical and gunsmithing training to law-abiding civilians? All optional, of course...but many would take advantage of it. Now that's a proposal I could live with. Not only would it dramatically assist in gun safety, but crime would go down significantly, and we would have a true citizen militia.
Also, it undercuts the liberal argument of what the 2nd amendment "really says" - that the right to bear arms is only for the military, etc. Well, if anyone who trains is part of the citizen militia...then that argument goes down the drain.
They license people to drive cars and large trucks all the time, which are significantly more deadly than the average self-defense firearm, and we don't even have a Constitutional right to drive. Many of the people driving can't even drive right, and occasionally they plow into farmer's markets. I have yet to hear of any accidental mass shootings.The answer we got was "The classes will send the wrong message." Can't figure out what "wrong message" they're talking about. Maybe they like the gun owners to be "unsafe" as a way of "job security" for them. :confused22: