There was a time in the not too distant past, when firearms were more commonly accepted in the minds and homes of Americans. Firearm safety was taught in schools, and many schools had a rifle team that competed against rifle teams from other schools. Kids often learned about firearm safety at a young age, from their schools and/or parents. People kept firearms openly visible and accessible in their homes and vehicles, and there wasn't as much fear of firearms as there is today.
Much has changed over the years, and attitudes of many towards firearms have become negative. Schools no longer teach firearm safety, and there are no public service announcements (PSA's) promoting firearm safety. So for many, all they know about firearms is what they see on TV and in the movies. The film industry makes millions producing movies and TV shows that depict horrific acts of gun violence. It's exciting for entertainment purposes, but is not reality. Even news sources on TV often over dramatize news stories to compel you to watch their broadcast. And they only bring you the stories on gun violence, but rarely balance the subject by informing you of how firearms are used every day to protect good people and stop and deter crime. If that's all people know about firearms, it's no wonder they have such a fear and hatred towards them.
Yes, firearms can be potentially dangerous when used unsafely, irresponsibly and of course maliciously. But we deal with potentially dangerous situations every day. Automobiles can be dangerous. Crossing the street can be dangerous. Knives, glass, fire, electricity, swimming pools, stair cases, door jams, insecticides, prescription drugs, and many other potentially dangerous things are very common in homes, and are especially dangerous for children. But we are all taught at a very young age how to properly and safely use these things. We don't fear them because we have proper education and training, and we know how to handle them and respect them. If people were given the same education and training with respect to firearm safety, there would not be so much fear of, and curiosity towards firearms.
I would like to see more people become educated about firearm safety, to see more firearm safety information distributed to the general public, for government agencies to issue PSA's promoting firearm safety, and for major TV and radio networks to open their airwaves to PSA's and commercials promoting firearm safety. For those who choose not to own or use firearms, the above would at least help give them a more realistic view of firearms instead of just what they see in the movies and TV shows. For those who do choose to own or use firearms, certainly the above would help them as well, but in addition, I would hope that they can acknowledge that firearms can be dangerous if used unsafely or irresponsibly, and to take it upon themselves to have the attitude, education and training to properly and safely use firearms, and to teach and be a good example of firearm safety to their kids and others who look up to them, as well as to the community as a whole. I would like to see Shield Personal Safety Training work to the extent of its abilities towards these goals.
God bless and be safe,
Founder and Chief Instructor
Shield Personal Safety Training
"Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight" -- Psalm 144:1
"When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace" -- Luke 11:21
"he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." -- Luke 22:36
Instructor Armand is the founder and chief instructor of Shield Personal Safety Training. He's a USCCA Certified Firearms Instructor, Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, Refuse To Be A Victim® Certified Instructor, CA DOJ FSC Certified Instructor, CA DOJ Certified Fingerprint Roller, hunter, and CCW permit holder.