Rifle Training Considered Important Aspect of Being an American Citizen
Many Americans, especially those who happen to be students of Front Sight, have begun to wonder recently when the idea of rifle training became alien or frightening to their fellow Americans. Imagine back to our very early days, when we were still under the rule of a man who called himself a "king". Would rifle training be considered an outlandish thing then? Well, it probably would have been - nearly everyone knew how to use a gun, as they either hunted regularly for sustenance or for sport. But to imagine someone being avidly opposed to rifle training or gun training in general would be ridiculous.
Take our example a few hundred years into the future to America's frontier age. Let us look to the wide prarielands of now-Kansas or -Iowa. If a man came 'sauntering' into town (as I've understood they had a habit of doing) with a gun on his hip, no one would panic, no citizen would be disturbed. Anyone carrying a gun doubtlessly knew how to use it, and there was nothing to fear. Anyone with a rifle obviously had some form of rifle training and wasn't to be feared - besides, if they tried something, there were several men (or women) nearby who could easily shoot them down first.
Now bring our firearms training example to modern-day America. If anyone came into a city with a firearm on his person, there aren't many citizens who wouldn't panic. A man carrying a rifle is not assumed to have rifle training - he's assumed to be a crazed maniac with a highly volatile, extremely dangerous weapon. What happened that this is now the accepted norm? A man with a gun should have gun training. Citizens should not fear guns, they should respect those carrying or using them. All citizens should receive firearms training, and all should respect firearms.
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