So I'm reading the paper this morning, the Tampa Bay Times -- I have a Sunday only subscription for the sports and comics, and I glanced through the Perspective section. That is where the paper puts it editorial columns . . . hahahahahahahaha . . . sorry, the whole paper is editorial columns, and letters to the editor.
It seems sometime during the week, the paper did an article about these quicky concealed carry classes that are offered at gun shows and gun stores. And there were letters to the editor about the article and the reader's own experiences in the paper today.
Now, I've been to a few gun shows, and I've seen these quicky classes in operation personally. Though I have ample evidence, via my years as a competitive shooter, to qualify as competent for a CCL, I took a class for the heck of it. One offered by a local gun store. It was a half day class. You burned up about a hundred rounds of ammo in various shooting scenarios, they gave me a run down on the laws of concealed carry and what to do in the aftermath of a self defense shooting and then they helped me fill out the forms, took my picture, presented me with documentation accepted by the state, and I was on my way. Like I said, I didn't need it, but it was kind of fun.
These quicky classes are quite different from the class I took and indeed are a joke -- a couple of minutes on the law, how to fill out the forms, fire one bullet into a sand trap . . . I agree with what the Times probably said. They are just a legal way to comply with the regulations required by the State to apply for the license. They are the inevitable outgrowth of any opening for a business to make money. Sort of like the sub prime lending market created by Bill Clinton and the Democratic congress that led to this country's economic collapse during the Bush administration.
But what prompted me to write this today, were the letters in the paper about the classes.
I'm not going to apologize for saying that if you took a class that advertised that you could complete a firearms training class in one half hour and you thought that would make you skilled enough to defend your life with a firearm and you came away disappointed . . . well, you sir or madam are a fucking idiot!
You, sir or madam, are the sort of fucking idiot that shoots themselves or someone else while trying to clean a loaded firearm. You, sir or madam, are the sort of fucking idiot that shoots someone at a shooting range because you turned around with a loaded firearm in your hand and began talking to the person in the stall next to you. You, sir or madam, are the sort of fucking idiot that leaves a loaded firearm where a small child can get access to it and allows a tragedy to happen.
In point of fact, if you're taking one of these classes because you cannot distinguish between filing out the forms to apply for a CCL and taking a defensive firearms class then in my opinion, that alone should disqualify you from ever owning a firearm. Because you, sir or madam, are a fucking idiot!
Now I'm not naïve enough to think that the Times had any other reason to publish this article than to push their agenda of ending private firearms ownership in this country and repealing the Second Amendment. This despite all the statistical data that shows that private ownership of firearms saves lives and that illegal use of firearms, like that done by criminals in Obama's hometown of Chicago where young black men gun each other down by the hundreds each year while Barack the Savior does nothing, gets ignored.
There is no statistical evidence that conceal carry laws have increased death by firearms in this country. None. The Times and liberals in general look at repealing the Second Amendment as their Holy Grail. That's why they politicize every tragedy involving firearms. It's why they refuse to point out and call terrorist acts as terrorist acts. It's much easier to call them workplace violence or shooting incidents and that way they can push their political agenda. It's why Katie Couric isn't publicly shamed by the fake news left wing fact checkers for her deceptive editing on her anti-gun documentary. It's why Michael Moore isn't publicly shamed by the fake news left wing fact checkers for his deceptive lie-filled propaganda pieces like Bowling for Columbine. It's why Hollywood keeps churning out dreck like Miss Sloane to push lies about private firearm ownership and why television is replete with factless storylines about private citizens exercising their Constitutionally protected rights to own a firearm. And why bloggers and idiot Hollywood celebs have epic meltdowns because they don't have any understanding of what a suppressor is. Hint -- there's no such thing as a firearm silencer, you can't silence a firearm, that's a movie myth. You know -- make believe.
And though I've already thrown this morning's paper away, I'm tempted to buy another copy, just to publish the names of the idiot's who wrote in to the paper about their disillusionment over their CCL classes. Because you idiots wanted your names in the paper to push your political agenda, don't complain when you get called out for your stupidity.