The more I’m around the firearms training “industry,” the more I become aware of some things that I think we’re doing well… and others that I think we’re not doing so well.
Another interesting phenomenon is how judgmental we all tend to be. And not just us “instructors,” but all of us in the gun community. This is especially prevalent when comparing your personal level of firearms interest and your personal decisions about concealed carry vs. someone else’s. Ask someone sometime what they think about carrying a back-up gun (BUG). If you do NOT carry a backup gun, but someone else does, that other personal immediately becomes paranoid, afraid of something, and WOW – thank GOD I’m not that crazy!
But if that someone is at what I’ll call a LOWER level of firearms awareness/preparedness, they’re immediately sheep, not living in reality, out of touch, or a gun-hating liberal.
Fascinating, isn’t it? The ONLY perfect answer is the one that I have personally picked for my own life – everyone else is crazy!
Understandably, this line of thinking grows out of a very natural decision-making process that can often take weeks, months, or even years. And we all want to feel like all that work and soul-searching was worth something – and that we made the right decision. And the easiest way to accomplish that, for many of us, is to discredit everyone else’s decisions.
But if you’ve caught yourself in this trap, maybe you should be looking inward instead of how to talk “down” to those who have arrived at a different conclusion. After all, if you were truly happy with your own decisions, it wouldn’t matter what someone else thinks… right?
But I digress.
Here’s something to think about: when many of us want to learn a new skill, like playing the piano, how would we do that?
Yes – we’d take piano lessons! Same with tennis, golf, Spanish, the hula hoop… anything we can imagine.
That word “lessons” is an interesting one – it implies some sort of process for continued learning. Clearly, if I’m going to learn to play the piano, it’s going to take me a while. I can’t possibly expect to be successful with a 4-hour lesson and a bunch of awesome YouTube videos.
But here’s something I’ve noticed: when we want to learn how to shoot, what do we do?
That’s right we take a class.
Just the word itself, class, implies a short lesson and then we’re done. Not lessons, but a class. A single class.
At Carry On Colorado, we’ve tried to do our part to fix this with something we’re calling Gun Lessons – let’s start wherever you’re at, regardless of experience, goals, or background – and let’s take it wherever you’d like to take it. It’s a process, not a destination.
Are we on the right track? How can we make this better?
Carry on, Colorado!