before I get into this i should say that i am pro-gun ownership, and i know many responsible gun owners and recognize the reasons for having firearms in society and agree with them. However, there are certain areas and restrictions that do make sense, and the idea that everyone having guns would make things safer is a load of crap. Since people are unaware i have spent a number of years at the high end opf the paintball industry. This has caused me to be involved with military and police training, and a lot of different combat training scenarios. I have a vast amount of experience with regular people simulating combat situations. Though it is true that these simulations are not actual life or death combat situations, the people in them react with fear of being hit and the pain involved the same way, and we even noticed that the higher the threat of pain the more the people reacted poorly. Your normal; person who has not experienced or been trained to deal with combat situations has a few pretty standard reactions with a gun. One of these reactions is the tendency to blind fire. This is such a problem that a number of paintball fields i know discourage blind fire because even under simulated conditions it causes a dangerous situation. Another point is that rattles people cannot aim worth a fuck. I often joke that if you have someone scared the safest place to be is with the attacker. I have seen enough scared people turn and shoot their best friends that were coming up from a secure area to join them. Putting guns in the hands of these untrained fearful scared people is a terrible idea. This is why I think the ownership of combat guns, not hunting guns, should have extensive training required. Especially if you are going to carry those guns regularly. I have just seen so much dumbass bullshit by regular people with paintball guns to think handing a firearm to a person with no training is not a great idea. Armed does not mean you are the police. It seems that way to many people feel that armed means you are the peacekeeper. No one hired gun owners, or trains them to deal with situations. Just for instance look at george zimmerman. Whether you believe he had a right to shoot or not, it is clear he approached the situation all wrong and someone died because of his stupidity. That gun is not a badge, and you are a hinderance to the real authorities because you have one. This is why responsible gun owners are not of the idea they would shoot the attacker dead, but would just want to get away and the gun is a last resort. People have to understand most gun owners are very responsible. they are not cowboys or think they are cops when that are not. 99 percent of the people I know who have guns, and I run into a lot more people with guns because of my occupation, are stable good people who you would never know they even have a gun because they don't flaunt it. I agree that some of the wackjobs in the NRA really do gun owners a real disservive with their crazy rhetoric and reckless attitude. I do think the purchase of a handgun or assault rifle should involve a lot more training.