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Training and educational requirements vary from state to state for obtaining a license to carry a firearm. Some classes focus more on legalities while others highlight safe gun handling skills. Training beyond your CCW classes is crucial. We should all be lifelong students concerning all aspects of utilizing a firearm for self-defense. Being able to run your gun effectively, incorporating safe gun handling skills and comprehension of gun laws are all essential.
However, to be a truly responsible gun owner, it requires the additional training of your most powerful weapon for self-defense: The mind.
A firearm is a tool and only as effective as the shooter. You may have a gun, but this does not mean you now have the absolute means to defend yourself. As gun owners, we must begin to think beyond guns. This is where critical thinking skills and situational awareness come into play.
Some people believe their gun makes them invincible. We must remember that in a threat situation we could be encountered by someone who also has a firearm coupled with more training and better gun handling skills.
When you own a firearm the primary goal should be never having to use it. This can only be accomplished by utilizing critical thinking skills and good situational awareness.
Understanding and incorporating situational awareness should be a crucial part of our everyday lives. Our go-to reaction should always be to avoid. To put it simply, we must pay attention to our surroundings and make purposeful decisions. This sounds like good common sense and should be simple enough; however, the reality shows this is not the case for most people. Consciously practicing good situational awareness will sharpen your critical thinking skills and eventually become second nature. I want to give you some basic principles that you can start utilizing for yourself as well as your family.
Training your mind with critical thinking skills, situational awareness, and the ability to recognize a true threat situation is the most valued training you can have. These are just a few key points to steer you in the right direction.
Many firearms instructors provide valuable classes that teach these points in greater depth. I would encourage everyone, firearm owner or not, to seek this type of training.
If you have accepted the responsibility of owning a firearm, the responsibility to train in every aspect needs to be accepted and encouraged as well. When this is truly understood you will be on the right path to being vigilantly prepared.