Our instructor was well-qualified enough – a very experienced local law enforcement officer, with considerable advanced weapons training of all sorts. We proceeded directly into the letter of the law regarding explicitly what the state did and did not allow regarding concealed handguns. And then, almost immediately, things began to descend into a mockery of reason and good judgment. One-in-a-million scenarios began to erupt from the audience, unveiling the emotional currents that lie buried just under the surface.
“What if I come home and someone is in my house? Can I take my gun inside and shoot them?” Well, the law says technically not if you’re outside, but as long as you put yourself in the house then you should be good.
“What if my ex-husband tries to come to the house?” If he doesn’t have a right to be there, then you do what you gotta do. … Remember, they don’t have to be breaking in for you to shoot.
Perhaps most shocking, though, was the advice we received from a practicing law enforcement officer regarding the storage of firearms: under the bed, preferably loaded. I’m not kidding. Fifty or so families, many of whom we must presume have children in the home, walked out of that classroom with the understanding that the proper way to store your guns was in a location that is within reach of a child, and loaded. No gun safe. No trigger lock.
Ugh. I know this type.
Dr. Bullard and his physician wife are the “better than yous” that show up to shooting courses mandated by the state, and then sneer down their noses at those they consider less deserving, less intelligent, and well, “less” in most every regard (while at the same time, they confess to being doctors who voted for Obamacare, twice).
I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in or watch several concealed carry courses in North Carolina, and I’m familiar with both the curriculum, and the wide range of attendees. Each and every class dynamic is subtly different, starting with the motives of the participants.
In my first concealed carry course, the overwhelming majority of those taking the class had no intention of carrying a concealed handgun regularly. The majority simply wanted to be able to carry a gun in their car, or be able to buy/sell/trade handguns without going through North Carolina’ Jim Crow-era permitting process where you have to go to the sheriff and get a permit each time you want to buy a handgun.