Over two million firearms were sold in the United States in December 2012. This is almost entirely due to the Sandy Hook mass murder and the fear of subsequent anti-gun legislation. Some states passed additional anti-gun laws in the new year. People received extra money (or expected to get money) from their tax returns, and companies associated with the firearm business are reporting record sales.
This means that there are hundreds of thousands of gun in the hands of people new to firearms ownership.
I was introduced to firearms and firearms safety by my father at the age of six years old. I train with several professional organizations over a dozen times a year, and I still learn something new all the time.
Most firearms owners are woefully ignorant about anything besides the absolute basics. My primary instructor states he routinely trains novice shooters who have never unloaded their firearm before. They load up a gun, shoot it at the range until it’s empty, and go home.
That being said, some of my friends and fellow students have said it’s sometimes embarrassing to ask for help about guns. I think this is because a portion of American masculinity is tied to guns, especially once you’ve stepped into the culture of self-defense.
There’s nothing shameful with not knowing everything about firearms on day one. It’s completely shameful to not make the effort to learn.
I’ve started recording a series of firearms tips and techniques for beginners. I’m not going to assume much knowledge from my viewers. This isn’t to insinuate that they’re dumb. None of us are born with this knowledge, and we all have to start somewhere.
Here’s my first video on basic gun safety: