Comment: Sorry Sonny....

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Sorry Sonny....

Unlike you, I DO have a problem with state 'required' anything regarding gun training... Have you not learned that giving government an ounce of authority like this will lead to them taking a pound? For instance, in my state of Washington you have to PAY(the vig) to take courses provided by government if you're 42 or younger if you want to get a deer license. So what, at 43 you're magically trained to use a gun to go hunt? Completely arbitrary. It's simply a money generator for the state. I learned how to hunt deer SAFELY from my father who in turn learned it from his who learned it from his and so on... The state doesn't care that I've been hunting for 26 years now, they just want me to 'learn' what I already know from some course they sponsor so they can collect a fee. If I DIDN'T have a dad to teach me and I was inclined to go hunting with a gun what makes you think I wouldn't WANT to learn how to use it? Same with owning a handgun. It's called common sense, yet many forget MOST people have common sense. Would you go and buy a helicopter and start whizzing around in it without first taking lessons? Of course not! You would be endangering lives, yours included. A gun is no different. Sure, there will be the occasional dumb ass who might accidentally shoot himself, but some with 'state approved' training would shoot themselves accidentally too. You can't legislate away stupid. It's natural selection...a culling of the herd. But give the politicians the power to decide if you're 'capable' of something, in this case gun use and safety, and before you know it you'll have to jump through a litany of bureaucratic hoops just to exercise your 2nd amendment right. Statists don't trust people or have any faith in them to make the 'right' choices(even self-preservation!), hence the rise of the nanny state. However, libertarians do. Anyway, that's where I stand.