Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Norway

For the past weekend, after I heard of the Norway incident, I've been trying to frame some of my thoughts... Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I feel the need to defend my sport and hobby from public perception because of a madman's actions, but, rather, share some of the motivation of why I started to shoot/train myself...

Todd Green, from Pistol-Training.com, beat me to the punch and put it into words better than I ever could:


Why Training Matters

By now, we have all heard about the killing spree of madman Anders Behring Breivik last Friday. While media pundits will use this, vulture-like, to push forward anti-gun political agendas, pistol-training.com has never been about politics. Instead, I see this as a horrible example of why training matters.

I am not a police officer, not a soldier. I’m not likely to find myself in pitched battle along side a squad of Marines or an impromptu pick-up team of cops. As I tell people all the time, my worst case scenario is much different: sitting in the local shopping mall eatery with my wife when some bad people with guns decide to start shooting. It doesn’t matter whether they are wearing keffiyeh or trenchcoats. It doesn’t matter whether their motivation came from a radical Imam or playing too much Doom. Evil is evil. And evil people do evil things. Horrific things.

If that worst case scenario comes to pass, I would rather have the means and will to do something than watch the slaughter as a bystander… or victim.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG