The Silent Wing of the NRA

Posted: September 21, 2016 in Contemporary Commentary

When doing research for a book about guns, I attended numerous training courses in Dallas and soon discovered a side of the NRA that is at complete odds with its public image.
Quietly, most of its instructors strongly stress the danger of relying on guns as a first line of defense, suggesting avoidance not confrontation, and warning about the consequence of even drawing a weapon.
Time after time, too, the instructors in private conversation would point to a class of users who seemed to habitually draw too early and fire too often.
Police, these very conservative folks said, receive poor training in real world firearm use, rely on their weapons too casually, have poor instruction in stages of engagement and a bad understanding of the post-shooting impacts on themselves and others.
I mean this not as any specific comment on recent events and the difficult decisions faced by officers..
But a lack of training penalizes everyone and serves no one. When conservative Texas gun instructors make that point, we all should be able to accept it. The standards of police engagement and gun use training needs to improve for their sake and ours.
It’s a shame this widely held view among NRA instructors I have encountered in multiple states in multiple courses  (and among many military veterans I know) is not more fully publicized. If the organization spoke out to reflect the balanced views of its own membership, we’d be in a better place.

Comments
  1. Robert,

    How astute of you. And how correct you are. There is a fascination with weapons, that transcends logic and rational discussion. Weapons are tools, no different than a hammer or saw. They can only be used properly and effectively if a user understands their capabilities and limitations. I served 30 years in the US military, and carried an M4 for a year in Iraq. Before you engage a threat (real or perceived) using a weapon your mind must understand the impact of using DEADLY FORCE. Police need more training, in general everyone owning a weapon requires more training. The NRA, however, uses the 2nd amendment as a tool (a very emotional tool) in pursuit of alternate political agendas. The NRA is not concerned about threats to the 2nd amendment (News Flash: there are no threats to the 2nd amendment), but the NRA and their conservative supporters are using the 2nd amendment as a stalking horse to advance un-related conservative agendas, which have no relationship to weapon ownership. It is difficult to have rational and articulate discussions on weapon ownership when the conversation is overridden with emotion, conspiracy theories, and false agendas. If the NRA would stay out of politics and expend their energy on training and safe weapon ownership, our society would be safer and calmer. V/r CW4 Michael Carr, US Army (Retired).

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  2. ftmercer says:

    ANYONE LEGALLY OWNING A FIRE ARMS SHOULD, UNDER LAW, TAKE NECESSARY
    TRAINING IN IT’S USE–PROPER USE. ALL REGISTERED AND EVEN UPGRADE THE
    TRAINING IN REASONABLE TIME. OTHERWISE–NO FIREARMS!
    AT ESTABLISNMENTS HOMES, OFFICES AND ETC.., FIREARMS LOCKED SECURELY.
    THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAYBE YOURS,FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER.

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  3. ftmercer says:

    THANK YOU FOR THIS FINE REPORT. DOLLIERYAN@GMAIL.COM

    Liked by 1 person

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