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Response to gejohnston (Reply #78)

Thu Sep 8, 2016, 01:48 PM

80. My first question would be:Does training ever hurt?

A friend of mine had years of service as a Force Recon Marine. He mentioned that they shot constantly. There is a reason, and we both know that most action can be improved by repetition. SO training of course should, in my view, be a requirement. Yearly training would not be burdensome to most people. I bring my vehicle for emissions testing, I buy a vehicle sticker, I buy a license every 4 years, etc.

And thanks for bringing up the tax, and the mandate. It adds to what I mentioned.

My feeling is that part of the reason that gun homicide is such a difficult topic is because the media is constantly focusing on gun violence even as the total numbers are dropping, and have been dropping for years. But the news is filled with incidents.

I also feel that this focus on violence feeds the perceived need for a gun by some people even as it feeds the perceived problem with growing violence using guns feeds the need for some to call for bans or stricter regulation.

If we merely focus on homicide directed at another, and realize that 10,000 instances each year translates to one person out killed out of 32,500 inhabitants each year, the odds of any one person being killed with a gun is relatively small. So fear, in my view, is driving both sides.

And of that 10,000, if training can eliminate 10%,or 1,000 people, I feel that the training would pay for itself in reduced social costs.

And this focus solely on numbers of dead does not include the costs of the wounded, the social costs involved in medical care, lost income, police costs, court costs, etc.

If training could reduce all these costs, it is worth it in my view.

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