Editor’s Note: No other topic in the Living Ready universe brings out passionate discussions like survival guns for personal protection. After reading this article on debunking gun myths, reader Capt. Claude Werner (ret.) offered the following response. Werner is an instructor at Firearms Safety Training LLC.
There’s nothing wrong with a healthy discussion about survival guns. The issue is important to a lot of people. Be sure to leave a comment with your own take. For further reading, Living Ready recommends the classic book Survival Guns by Mel Tappen.
Original Gun Myth Article Claim #1
Firearm Training is Required for Effective Personal Protection
Werner’s response: Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people defend themselves each year with firearms and do not have the slightest bit of training. Therefore, the statement “A gun without effective and frequent training is a hollow threat” is utterly false and unsupportable. So this myth is not a myth at all.
Original Gun Myth Article Claim #2
Don’t Count on Just Taking a Gun Out and Hoping the Bad Guy Will Go Away
Werner’s response: The bad guys do indeed “go away.” True, we shouldn’t pull a gun on anyone we are not justified in using deadly force against, and verbal challenges are a good thing. Statistically, only a few thousand criminals a year are actually shot out of the 1000 times more who are dissuaded.
Original Gun Myth Article Claim #3
Drill at Ranges that Allow You to Move and Shoot, and Take a Training Course There
Werner’s response: When we look statistically at the availability of ranges where people can shoot on the move, very few have access to such a place. If we examine the numerical output capability of the entire firearms training base, the base is able to train perhaps one to two percent of the private sector gunowners annually. So telling people to take a training course isn’t much of a solution, either.
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