The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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January 5, 2013

Gun training needed for the good people



After the mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., there has been a call for arming teachers or of having armed guards at all schools. Everyone has an opinion, so here is mine.

I agree with Wayne La Pierre’s statement. To stop a bad person with a gun, you need a good person with a gun. The good person with the gun must receive adequate training in the use of the gun they depend upon if they are to safeguard the children and themselves. CCW training does not even begin to approach this level.

I am an NRA instructor and training counselor in most fields of modern firearms. I have conducted classes and NRA instructor training courses at the Beckley Gun Club for several years and have instructed more advanced non-NRA tactical firearms classes.

I am a retired school teacher with 39 years’ experience. During this time, I not only taught, but also served in several administrative roles. With these qualifications, I think I’ve “Been There, Done That” and have formed my opinions based upon knowledge both of schools and of shooting.

I agree with Wayne La Pierre’s statement that to stop a bad person with a gun, you need a good person with a gun. The good person with the gun cannot truly be considered a good person with a gun unless he/she has received adequate training in the use of the gun they depend upon. CCW training comes nowhere near that level of training. Adequate training courses can be developed and training provided if laws allow.

Jim Cozort

Oceana

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