It is the duty of all able-bodied citizens to be prepared to defend themselves from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
"Policemen do not prevent crimes. They rarely save lives."
Police officers bravely go into dangerous situations to apprehend criminals after they have hurt someone. They clean up afterwards and they capture and punish those who have already commited those crimes. It is a difficult job and they do it well but when you or your family is in danger, there is very little chance a police officer will be there in time to help. You are your families only protection in such situations.
Owning a firearm is an important, albeit controversial step in these troubled times. Too many gun owners neglect their skills with a firearm and therefore the protection they can afford themselves with one to be inadequate. The truth is a gun is only a tool like any other. If you own a hammer saw you cannot necessarily make furniture for your family. If you own land that doesn't mean you will have food, not without a lot of work and a lot of know-how.
The same is true for your protection. Owning a gun is only one part. Carrying a gun (after obtaining the required permit) is another. There are few things that can help you out of a jam while they are at home in the cabinet. But owning a gun and carrying a gun can only give you a little false hope if you really don't know how to use it, so you take it to the shooting range.
You practice shooting from various positions, aiming carefully and slowly squeezing off round after round until you find that you can hit a small paper target a certain measured distance away under calm controlled conditions.
When danger rears its head, it is rarely 10 meters away behind a high table where you have rested your loaded and chambered firearm. It rarely arrives while you have your shooting gloves and glasses on and have set your feet in the modified Weaver stance; and it is almost never announced early enough to give you the extra 10-20 seconds you need to relax your breathing, take aim, and squeeeeeeeze off a round exactly where you want it.
Danger happens fast. It comes without warning usually at the worst possible time and it is too late before you even knew what was happening. When expert shooters are surprised on the field it is their instincts that tell them what to do while the college educated parts of the brain are still looking around wondering what's going on.
The need to use your firearm will come when you least expect it. You will have less than one second to make the difference and save lives.
TR was designed to help all of us who are willing to defend ourselves be more effective. Police officers, soldiers, security guards, and regular citizens, all of us could be a real deterrent if we had the skill to respond quickly.
Q: Doesn't TR help criminals too?
A: Actually no. Criminals hit their mark WAY more frequently than even trained police officers right now. They do so by having an advantage, as the instigators of violence they have their weapons out and aimed before the conflict comes to a head. In most cases it is the presence of the criminals gun that constitutes the crisis to which others react. If they are more accurate because they have already drawn, TR training will not improve their accuracy or effectiveness at all. That is part of the brilliance of the TR system. We train users to respond to threats, not to become threats.
TR doesn't make more guns appear on our streets. They are already there.
We don't encourage non gun owners to buy guns. We are speaking to those who already have made the choice to stand up and defend themselves.
If gun control would help I would support it.
If gun control were realistic I would endorse it.
If gun control were constitutional I would vote for it.
But it ain't and it don't and it won't.
It sounds like a cliche but the only gun control that is beneficial, feasible, and constitutional, is hitting what you aim at.
While TR is still in development, check out the iTarget system at www.itargetpro.com and tell them the Gunslinger sent you. It is not as cool as TR, but it'll do in a pinch.
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I do not aim with my hand; I aim with my eye.
He who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I do not shoot with my hand; I shoot with my mind.
He who shoots with his hand has forgotten the face of his father.
I do not kill with my gun; I kill with my heart.
He who kills with his gun has forgotten the face of his father.
An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student before but had, once, failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said ok, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A. After the first test the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. But, as the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too; so they studied little.. The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around the average was an F. The scores never increased as bickering, blame, name calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great; but when government takes all the reward away; no one will try or want to succeed. Could it not be any simpler than that?