You don't need advanced training to handle a gun. My wife has a .38 snubnose hammerless. Simple Suzy. She understands that the hurt comes out of the pointy end, and that pulling the trigger makes it go. What more does she need? She's not an idiot, so she understands not to point it at people or leave it where the children can get it.
If she needs it, she can have it in her hand in moments. There is no saftey. Whomever has given my wife a reason to shoot will probably be nearly on top her by that point, so she really doesn't even need to be a marksman.
I think its benifits every gun owner to shoot and shoot often. That said, it is in no way a criteria needed to excersize your right to self defense.
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