With gun ownership comes enormous responsibility - there's few who disagree on this point. But where the path to understanding splits is - who's responsible? Is the government responsible for who is allowed to own firearms and of what type, and what features? Is the gun owner responsible for whatever happens in relation to that firearm?
Ultimately, in our estimation, the gun owner should demonstrate sufficient knowledge, proficiency, and awareness of safety concerns to be able to own and bear arms. We don't consider that to be a radical or unreasonable concept. Exercising the legal privilege to operate a motor vehicle requires you to demonstrate all of the above and with that there is no debate. However, we also agree that it is indeed a right - a fundamental right, which should not be impinged upon by anyone, most particularly elected officials whose motivations for doing so can be regarded as, at least, dubious.
There is no sadder, more heart-breaking headline than a child who lost or took the life of another as a result of having access to an improperly stored and secured firearm. There is simply no excuse for these events, and they all come down to one simple reality - the inexcusable negligence of the gun owner. Period.
Before you decide that gun ownership is the right choice for you, be willing to receive ample training to ensure that you can do so responsibly, taking into account the following:
- Safe but practical gun storage
- Holding YOURSELF responsible for keeping firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them
- Knowing AT ALL TIMES the condition of your weapon - is it loaded or not?
- Ensuring family members are aware of your commitment to safe, responsible gun ownership
Remember, Defensor, Inc. has an array of courses available to provide prospective and current gun owners with the knowledge required to assist in preventing these unnecessary acts of negligence from occurring to them and their families. We encourage you to contact us and see where we can hep.