Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Practice Makes Perfect
Practice makes perfect. It's something we all heard at home or in school while growing up. Working in the real world and now with firearms, I know there is a difference. Owning a firearm is only half the battle. After all it is only a tool for self-protection. Just last week, there was a crime spree of five robberies overnight that ended with two people dead, SWAT, Bomb Squad and two suspected gangsters in custody. That's scary! One victim was a female cab driver. It's alarming! But it happens every day. What's even more disturbing is when elected officials try to pass anti-gun legislation in CA and then these bills make it to Governor Browns desk, but that's another story. Anyway, now is the time to buy a gun and learn how to use it. I mean, really know how to use it. Train with a Certified Trainer and practice what you learned at the Range on your own. Practice vs Training: there is a difference. I'd love to tell you that all I've been doing is shooting and training during the last six months since my last post, but that's simply not the case... Although maybe it should be! After all, I am a responsible CCW permit holder who should know how to properly protect myself, right? Right. So about 6 weeks ago I joined a home defensive handgun class with 2 Crow Firearms Safety Training that just happened to be Ladies ONLY and it was so much FUN! We were able to shoot against the clock and in a various situations, such as one-handed from behind simulated cover. 200 rounds later and collectively we all felt better about using a gun to defend ourselves in our homes. It is so important to be familiar with firearms to protect yourself and I cannot stress that enough. The world is a crazy place with crazy people. Now, I won't even go most places without being armed on my person. (I say "most places" because there are certain areas that are off limits to licensed holders of concealed carry permits.) We just introduced a NEW Shooter Clinic for people who want to learn more about guns and how to use them, but do not own a firearm. I encourage NEW shooters to start with taking a firearms safety class like this one prior to making the first purchase or going shooting for the first time. Believe it or not, just years ago, I only associated guns with crime, death and fear. Now I feel empowered, knowledgable and more confident in my ability to talk about guns and protect myself, my loved ones and my property. This statement makes sense: "Know guns, no crime. No guns, know crime." - Ralph Lauretano. Please continue to train as if your life depended on it and continue to practice because practice makes perfect.