…and to actually put more substance in my apology, I would like to re-open the previous guns and training discussion. My viewpoint is this: like it or not, and whether or not you believe the text of the 2nd Amendment specifically allows it, the rights to keep and bear arms are currently held to encompass the right to self defense outside of the militia language. Kind of like the penumbra rights of the 1st Am.
My personal feelings are that people that carry in public should be very well-trained. I understand that some may disagree about what constitutes “well-trained.” But I need to reiterate that I do not believe that under ANY circumstances the government should be making such rules. I don’t think there should be governmental restrictions, though I do think there should be heavy peer editing, so to speak. I do think that licenses are a good idea in theory, though I sometimes wonder if all they do is give unwarranted weight to a false distinction. But, I do think that having licensure requirements is one way to keep gun-law supporters mollified. Though I feel, for various reasons, that such registries should not be available to the public.
If people have experience with training, or thoughts thereon, I would love to hear it, along with any other thoughts on these issues.