As a member of the USCCA, I regularly receive articles that challenge me, and remind me why training is so important.
For people who choose to carry a gun but don't know how to use it, I say, "STOP!" It's bad form all around to think you could safely and effectively use a gun to stop a threat with no practice or training with that firearm whatsoever. Carrying a gun with you in your daily life is not just about being physically safe. Someone who chooses the concealed carry lifestyle must also consider aspects of being spiritually, morally, financially and legally safe. That's not something you do while an attacker is at your throat. That's something you plan, prepare and practice for, over and over again, hopefully well in advance … and hopefully never having to actually put it to use.
No doubt, I support every responsible American carrying a firearm for personal protection. But the process does not begin and end there. It takes time, preparation, dedication, responsibility, and training. Lots of it!