Originally Posted by The_Rifleman
Your "teacher" friend was mostly at fault. He gives a gun to a person he knows to know absolutely nothing about guns, at a public range, without one bit of instruction.
I've taught many people firearm handling and safety, it never began with handing them a firearm.
I agree that the teachers usually are responsible for the students' mis-steps. Know that in this case the gun was handed to her as a tool for teaching
, before we unpacked the ammo or even started setting up targets.
My buddy that day was not some kid with a gun collection but a 60+ year enthusiast/reloader, an Air Force Veteran and retired airline pilot, an NRA Lifer. I've taught the basic Motorcycle Safety Course to three different women who are still actively riding. My point is if this could happen with us around, it could theoretically happen with anyone.
As far as not disagreeing outright while still making the effort to clarify my views, that is what reasonable people do in a rational discussion. By definition, no debate can remain Black & White. Any discussion implies parsing out shades of gray, or you might as well chuck the brain out the window for ideologies.
Strict Ideologies historically are what lead to Concentration Camps. And there's no guarantee which side of the barbed wire fence you'll be standing if you choose to play that game.
And, I might add, our Founding Fathers were masters of debate. Our entire governing system of Checks and Balances was designed to protect the populace from the Tyranny of Ideologues.