Originally Posted by ScottA
I'm not saying that you are a danger to yourself, your family, and small animals if you do not take a concealed carry class. What I am saying and what many of this forum are saying, is there is a minimum threshold of training that you should that all who carry on a regular basis should avail themselves of if available.
Something else to keep in mind... I have been active on this forum for over three years. You are the first person I can remember who objected to more training.
I have been a firearms owner for 18 years. I have taken many classes. Earlier this spring, I took another NRA basic pistol class with my wife. I always learn something new no matter how many times I've been through the material. Every time I reach in my pocket and feel my pistol, I am reminded that I am carrying life and death in my hands. That thought is sobering to me, and I want as much training as I can get.
I'm not saying more training is bad or objected to it, in fact I completely agree that more is better. I'm just saying that it's very hard for me to take the class. I would have to stay home from work to even consider it for time constraints, which would be a loss of about $400 a day. It's a very big downside of taking the class.
304Inc, I'm not talking about carrying without a permit.
Gunsmoke, I am paying attention to what they are saying. I'm Also saying that taking the class would put a HUGE burden on my family and life. I am not disregarding their information, which I completely AGREE with.
As to the martial arts, I am saying it offers the conflict resolution and control that is offered in a concealed carry class. I DO NOT feel that it is a substitute for a firearm for defense, I even mentioned this early.
Again my issue with taking the class is simply that I don't have time to do it, I work from 6:30 am till 5:30 pm or later DAILY, sometimes I start at 4:30 am even. This work schedule eliminates doing almost anything after work. On the weekends I spend time with my daughter and have other obligations. It would require me to cut into either work or my time with my daughter, either of which is more costly then I see the benefits are worth.