SOTG 478- Truck Gun Storage & Voting Like Children

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The term “truck gun” means different things to different people. For the western rancher, a truck gun is kept for dispatching varmints and predators. On the other hand, the eastern armed citizen might view a truck gun in another light. Professor Paul addresses this question from our SWAT Fuel Warrior of the Week.

What does is mean to vote like a child? Children cannot legally vote in public elections, but there are times when they are given the chance to cast a vote for someone or something. Paul will compare the voting habits of children to modern America.

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    • Mosquito & disease eradication. Why are the diseases back in the U.S.?
  • SWAT Fuel Warrior of the Week: Truck Guns & Truck Gun Storage: Pistol Caliber or Rifle Caliber?
    • Kel-Tec foldable rifle great for Truck Gun
  • American Idiots: Support High Health Care Premiums – www.facebook.com/JimmyKimmelLive
  • Classroom voting in Elementary School and Jr High: voting like children for what you know/familiar with

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From studentofthegun.com/blog:

On June 18, 2016, James Baker, the owner of KayJay Gun Shop in Ohio, was killed after a student in a Concealed Carry training class had a negligent discharge. The bullet that killed Baker had passed through an adjoining wall and struck him in the neck.

In 2013, a firearms instructor in Lancaster, Ohio negligently shot a student during a concealed carry permit training course. Fortunately, the student was struck in the arm and survived.

So you don’t think I’m picking on Ohio, a California firearms instructor shot a student during a “gun safety class”. The incident was described as a “freak accident” and one person said “The gun accidentally went off.” It would seem that a live gun was grabbed by the instructor instead of a trainer.

Too Many Examples

The three incidents listed above occurred during the last year or so, but a quick Internet search will bring up numerous other news reports of students and/or instructors being negligently shot during controlled training situations. I wish it was difficult to find these reports, but sadly, there are far too many examples and we cannot just ignore them.

A common reaction to the report of someone being shot during a training class is to express sadness and sympathy for the wounded party or for the survivors in a fatality. We shake our heads, share the story with our friends, and say “Isn’t that terrible?” or words to that effect.

The question we should ask is, what can we or should we as members of the gun culture do differently in the aftermath of such an incident? Or, are we the clinical definition of insane, doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome?

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Paul G. Markel has worn many hats during his lifetime. He has been a U.S. Marine, Police Officer, Professional Bodyguard, and Small Arms and Tactics Instructor. Mr. Markel has been writing professionally for law enforcement and firearms periodicals for nearly twenty years with hundreds and hundreds of articles in print. Paul is a regular guest on nationally syndicated radio talk shows and subject matter expert in firearms training and use of force. Mr. Markel has been teaching safe and effective firearms handling to students young and old for decades and has worked actively with the 4-H Shooting Sports program. Paul holds numerous instructor certifications in multiple disciplines and a Bachelor’s degree in conflict resolution; nonetheless, he is and will remain a dedicated Student of the Gun.

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