Lee’s note: Here’s a great guest column from Arden Tams. Arden served 24 years in the U.S. Army, the last 17 in Special Forces. As a Green Beret, he attended a host of high-speed SF schools, as well as some of the country’s most-prestigious private shooting academies. Arden, who retired as a CW2, deployed overseas 10 times, including multiple tours in Afghanistan. He’s trained Africans, Arabs and Afghans. I know no one with more downrange time. This is his first column.
by Arden Tams
Now more than ever the gun community is under a microscope from both the anti-gun community and liberal politicians alike.
For too long the gun community has barked loudly about the infringement of our Second Amendment and done nothing about addressing concerns with proper instruction, training and safety.
There is an old analogy that house built on a foundation of sand will eventually collapse. Well, that holds true for initial firearms training too.
Since I retired from the military last year, I have not only witnessed improper training, I have been told by several instructors who are very proficient that many of their colleagues are not competent whatsoever.
Examples we all hear are instructors using starter pistols, or firing one shot down range for concealed carry classes.
This falls on both the instructor and student.
So how do we combat this as a gun community if there is a minimal standard in place set forth by states and the NRA?
We exceed the standards to ensure accidents like this last weekend do not happen.
Gun ownership is not only a right, it is also a privilege and a stewardship that we must hold in high regard and, more importantly, conduct safely.
In closing, we as a gun community need to step up our game and set the example for all others to follow in terms of training and safety.
I challenge every instructor and gun owner to stop meeting the standards and start exceeding the standards.