The Politics of Gun Training

Politics, what a dirty word. These days, politics has come to adopt the meaning of dirty, underhanded tricks which one does to pull off what he wants; this abandons the proper definition: study and use of power. It seems almost like a trend these days: taking good ideas and twisting them around on themselves to make them appear evil. The idea that jumps to mind most quickly is, of course, guns. Since when are guns bad things? When did it become strange, dangerous or frightening to see a person with a weapon – whether a sword or pistol at his hip?

Mentioned in the Las Vegas Review, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute take a fairly no-nonsense approach to gun control and gun restriction. In the eyes of Dr. Ignatius Piazza, the founder and director of Front Sight, guns are nothing more than tools. In his words, people are the weapons, the gun is just the tool. This is reflected in his institute's motto: "Any gun will do — if you will do!" And the reverse is true: if a person is completely untrained, he becomes a bad weapon. So gun training is the key. According to Front Sight and Dr. Piazza, gun training is what is needed to take the volatile weapon and turn it into a workable tool.

The Las Vegas Review cites a few changes which have occurred in California over the past few years with regard to gun restriction: "In California, owners of certain types of high-powered weapons such as an Uzi are now required to register their ownership of the firearm with the government. The vast majority of gun owners in California are not doing so because they fear that registration will be followed by confiscation.

That is where Piazza steps in. Part of the Front Sight business model includes offering any gun owner who feels threatened a place to store their weapons without fear of seizure. If gun owners sign up for at least $500 worth of firearms training at Front Sight, they can store their guns there for free."

Front Sight encourages its students to store their weapons at Front Sight, avoiding registration and avoiding later confiscation; California law makers are happy to have them do so, their opinion: just get them out of here.