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Do you support mandatory training for gun ownership?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by mr_dove, Apr 27, 2006.

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Do you support mandatory firearms training?

  1. No.

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  2. Yes

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  3. not sure

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  1. mr_dove

    mr_dove Member

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    I'm generally against firearm regulation of any type BUT every time I go into a gun shop I see people buying guns that don't have the slightest idea how to store or use them safely.

    While I'm not 100% secure in my position I think that mandatory training when purchasing a firearm would probably help our cause by making people safer and more educated in general. Ignorant people with guns hurt out cause greatly.

    The biggest problem that I see with the idea is that a training requirement becomes a de facto waiting period while the buyer waits for the next available training class.
     
  2. WT

    WT Member

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    No.

    The Founding Fathers did not require mandatory training when they wrote the Constitution. Neither do I want to see mandatory training.

    I WOULD like to see a gift certificate given to the purchaser for a voluntary basic NRA training course with a certified instructor. Repeat: VOLUNTARY.
     
  3. Outsider_10fp

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    More regulation? No thank You.
    Darwin will weed out the un-needed
     
  4. lucky_fool

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    No, because when the gov't mandates a thing they control that thing. You would have to go through mandatory "approved" training classes which gives the gov't absolute authority over the curriculum in the classes.

    Also, who is the bureaucracy to say that the training I got for years at my grandpappy's knee is worthless compared to a few hours in a classroom? I dare say that there are quite a few people on this board that have trained a few newbies at the range (and trained them well) but the state wouldn't recognize that training as "official".

    Not to mention the additional financial burden that training classes would put on the lowest-income folks (for whom just buying the gun is a considerable outlay of funds).
     
  5. Ramius

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    Mandatory training.

    I'll take all the training I can get.

    But making it mandatory won't make it effective. Just look at the 'mandatory' driver's training we all get prior to obtaining a drivers license, and ask yourself how effective that is...

    The stupid people will NOT learn a thing if forced to sit through a class, they'll just try to pass the test or whatever so they can go back to being stupid.

    +1 on the 'free class with each gun sold' idea though, no harm in trying to get folks interested in learning some safety.
     
  6. El Tejon

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    No, and I do not need a course in comparative religions before I may worship as I choose.
     
  7. Mikee Loxxer

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    No, but we should work to create a gun-culture which instills respect for firearms technology in gun owners and holds its members to very high standards. It seems like most accidents with firearms are caused by people who don't know what they are doing. Too many people think that movies and videogames give them a better understanding of guns.
     
  8. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    These rights shall not be infringed.
     
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    shall not be infringed
     
  10. svtruth

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    NO

    In no time there would be certificates for every caliber, auto vs revolver, target, rifle, etc.
     
  11. Chipperman

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    Encouraged, yes.
    Required, no.

    I can see a requirement for the gun shop to show the buyer how the gun functions. But that's a 5 minute process, and the buyer is there anyway.
     
  12. bigdaddyb

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    +1 for this idea.

    Want to see what government regulation of safety looks like? Look no further than the USELESS 'dog collar' lock that's mandated with every gun purchase.
     
  13. Just_a_dude_with_a_gun

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    I support the mandatory gun training, and gun law comprehension for people who don't own guns. Most likely, then they'll get off everyone's back because they would have proved their own prior miscinceptions wrong.
     
  14. real_name

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    Mandatory gun ownership would be a better idea.
     
  15. JoseM

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    No, I don't think we need mandatory training.

    But on the other side of the coin, there are some idiots in the world that need some instruction because some people just don't possess common sense.

    My ideal solution, that you would have mandatory firearm training in highschool....but not for owning a firearm...just as a class everyone has to take to graduate. If you take it and pass and don't want a gun, then that's your choice...but you need to take it anyway. Kinda like, you have to take English...but if yews guys wants to speek not good english...that's yous problem...but you still have to take the class.
     
  16. silliman89

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    That's what I was going to say, but you beat me to it.
     
  17. MrTwigg

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    No problem with mandatory training

    I've seen too many idiots with guns in my days !
     
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    Support training? Yes.

    Encourage training? Yes.

    Manditory training? Nope, not a chance. UNLESS it were part of the curriculum in public schools, like reading and basic math is.
     
  19. Molon Labe

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    Even if they did, I would still be against it.
     
  20. pax

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    Absolutely not.

    But anyone who intends to carry a weapon in public, and does not voluntarily get as much formal training as possible, is a fool or worse than a fool.

    pax
     
  21. robert garner

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    as far as I know

    I am the only one in this room qualified to.........
    WHO"S training is going to be considered "good enuff"
    NO
     
  22. BigFatKen

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    Oh, you're kidding!! You are a John Birch man and you want the Gov to mandate training.
    OK. I am the Gov and I say all must be able to carry a .50 BMG up a 500 meter hill single handed to qualify. A little steep of a training course perhaps, but its keeps the weak out. Or isn't it the point that the weak should be the one who need the guns.
     
  23. 'Card

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    I'm a libertarian.

    I don't believe in mandatory anything.

    People have a right to be ignorant and stupid if that's what they want.
     
  24. bdutton

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    I voted yes but with this qualifier:

    Only the absolute minimum training. Quick overview of laws, safe storage and simple stuff like the three golden rules:

    1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
    2. Point in a safe direction (unless you intend to use it on the target)
    3. See rule number 1.
     
  25. Justin

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    Only insofar as it should be mandated in the public schools right along Drivers Ed and Sex Ed.
     
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