Even for people who never intend to own a firearm, learning how to use a firearm is a useful skill. Like swimming, or learning how to drive a manual transmission car, you never know when the situation may arise that would require you to exercise a basic understanding of the fundamentals of safety and firearms handling.
For people that choose to own a firearm, or for people who choose to live with someone who owns a firearm, the situation demands an even higher understanding of how firearms work, and the precautions necessary to safely live with a firearm in your home. Not only do you need to understand firearms in general, you need to have specific knowledge of the operation of that particular firearm that you introduce into your home.
For people who choose to own a firearm for defensive purposes, now the threshold of knowledge is even higher. You have chosen to walk among the members of our society with an instrument that can save lives, but only when used properly and under the right circumstances. Just like an automobile, a firearm can be possessed and used safely, or used in a neglectful manner with tragic consequences. As a result, possession of a firearm for defensive purposes requires hands on training with your specific firearm, and knowing the right circumstances when it can be used demands that you have an understanding of the laws related to your firearms ownership and the legal justifications for the use of that firearm to protect yourself and your family. That is the absolute basic minimum of knowledge that you should have.
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What are you prepared to do if someone grabs for your gun?
For a small investment of time, you can prepare yourself to avoid being a victim.