Not so fast. The 2nd Amendment gives all law abiding citizens the right to keep and bear arms. However, many people simply do not have the right mindset for gun ownership. Some people do not think they need to dedicate time to learning safety, practicing, and training. This is all particularly important for people who want to conceal carry. Before you start shopping for a gun, learn about safety. Check out books from your public library and view enough online sources until you are confident you would be able to competently handle a firearm.
There are many different versions of the gun range safety rules. One easy one to remember is treat, never, keep, keep.
Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.
Never orient the firearm toward anything you do not intend to shoot.
Keep you finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
Keep the weapon on safe and pointed downrange until you intend to fire.
There are NO Accidents!
If something bad happens, it’s because one of the rules was broken. If something bad happens you will lose your firearm and probably go to jail.
Always wear eye and ear protection! There’s no reason to lose your sight or hearing. Don’t be afraid to double-up on ear protection, use both in-ear and over-ear to attenuate sound. One of my shooting instructors has trouble hearing due to a permanent loss of hearing. He said it has a negative impact on his relationship with his wife, when she is talking and thinks she is being ignored, but he simply could not hear her speak. I double up on my ears and encourage you to do the same.
Of course there is a lot more to know, but you can be safe following these basic rules while acting in a responsible manner. Use common sense and if unsure, consult a range safety officer, or experienced shooter. Everyone remembers when they were a newbie and they will be glad to help you learn.
What is the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP)? The NAP is an ethical and moral ethos that aims to avoid conflict between people. It is illegitimate to use force against any person or property. This is one of the principles in Libertarianism. You should expect that no one will assault you or your property. Unfortunately the world is not full of individuals as intelligent as you. They may be ignorant of the NAP, despite a long formation through history. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) originated some of the ideas as a natural law theorist. Murray Rothbard expounded his NAP sentiments in 1963:
“No one may threaten or commit violence (“aggress”)against another man’s person or property. Violence may be employed only against the man who commits such violence; that is, only defensively against the aggressive violence of another. In short, no violence may be employed against a non-aggressor. Here is the fundamental rule from which can be deduced the entire corpus or libertarian theory.”
LibertyCarriers will do well to keep the NAP in their defensive mindset. We must always avoid aggression. We do not start any fights, but we are always prepared to defend ourselves because we believe in everyone’s right to self defense.
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