NRA – Safety First… or maybe second?

I’m almost fearful to write this post, mainly because I don’t want a letter in the mail stating the NRA has revoked my instructor license for disagreeing with them. As many of you know, I am the owner and head-trainer for a S.A.F.T. Academy, where we teach a full mantle of NRA firearms courses. I am also a longtime member of the NRA, but as a member and an instructor I often find myself at peace with their mission, but at odds with the way they go about achieving it. What we instructors do: As instructors we have spent THOUSANDS of dollars educating ourselves on how to educate students. To put it in perspective, a student typically pays $50-$75 for a class, plus maybe 1 box of ammunition. At our instructor courses, we usually have to pay $300-450 per course, take up two full very long days, and sometimes shoot … Read the rest…

Gun Safety – And other tricks

On January 19th of this year, the nation’s gun-owners decided to celebrate a national “Gun Appreciation” day. Great idea, right? No. Why? Six people at three different gun shows across the United States were hurt in what could have been fatal gun incidents. Sadly, all of them required hospital visits. Even more sadly, each of them could have been prevented. Yesterday millions of people turned out across the nation to show their support for the 2nd amendment. You/we should all know by now that NO one is going to report “1.999 million people NOT hurt on Gun Appreciation Day.” Why would they? But let an accident happen – especially one with a gun, and see what comes out of the wood work. That got me thinking about a video. Yes, there are lots of gun-safety videos out there. Apparently they aren’t watched by the people who NEED to watch them. … Read the rest…

How to Raise a Good Dog

As I was preparing this morning to drive to my wife’s clinic to give her a hand with an animal, I looked down at my faithful friend, Bonnie, and saw that “don’t leave me” look in her eyes. She always knows the difference between me going outside to do something and me preparing to leave for an extended period of time. There’s something significant enough in my posture or preparations that she keys in on. Later, as we’re riding down the road together she gave me the “Is it OK if I sit in the front seat?” look that she does when no one else is riding with us. I nodded OK and she happily curled up in the front passenger seat, put her head on her paws in front of the warm vents, and closed her eyes contentedly. That got me thinking about writing this blog post. I get … Read the rest…