According to a recent Gallup poll, the number of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes them safer has DOUBLED since 2000.
Over 60% of those polled say they feel safer having a gun in their home.
But does FEELING safer actually make you safer...REALLY?
Does owning a guitar make you a musician?
Would you take the stage at a sold out concert with your brand new guitar without ever having taken lessons and practiced?
Of course not. And the only risk in doing so is being embarrassed.
But if you purchased a gun for personal defense and the first time you try to use it under stress is in a life or death situation, you risk being a lot more than embarrassed.
And just because you can strum a few chords, or even play a whole song or two in the safety of your home without the pressure of being on stage, it doesn't mean you're ready to face the pressure of a live audience.
So, just taking your brand new firearm down to the local range and shooting a few holes in a paper target doesn't mean you're ready to fend off two or three home violent invaders in the middle of the night.
If your safety is important enough to buy a firearm, then it's important enough to get professionally trained and to practice regularly...not just shooting, but getting your weapon into action (drawing), clearing malfunctions, performing emergency reloads, clearing a room of danger, and knowing exactly what to do if your assailant keeps coming toward you after the first shot.
Sorry to burst the bubble. But safety is more than a feeling. It's about being aware, prepared and trained.
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