Some argue that a person with a concealed weapons permit may have been able to prevent, or at least stop, the shooting massacre in Colorado. But firearms experts caution that such permits are just the beginning, not the end, of self-defense with a firearm.
Firearms instructor Joel Cheney said shooting your weapon in self-defense is typically the end result of many different steps, which often includes taking a concealed weapons course. "We teach people to engage targets not shoot at targets...In a real-life situation it's going to be dynamic and fluid."
And that's where training comes into play, like the kind of training he and others offer at Shooters USA in Bossier City, the only local, indoor shooting range in the immediate area. "Hours of repetition, presenting the weapon, loading the weapon, unloading the weapon, working through the immediate action drills," said Cheney.
He tells clients if they expect their firearm to perform for them they better know how to perform for the firearm. But Cheney added, "It's disheartening to see many people come through our class, getting the concealed carry permit and we never see them again."
Gun advocates argue that it would have been hard to prevent or stop what happened at the Colorado movie theater for one simple reason: That it was a gun-free zone in the theater.
Some people with concealed weapons permits say gun-free businesses like the one in Colorado force them to make a very tough morale or ethical choice: Whether to respect the wishes of the owners or still bring their weapon with them.