Sunday, February 23, 2014

Should I Support Government Regulation Because It's Good For My Business?

By Dave Dargo

Anyone who's read my blog should have a pretty good understanding of where I stand on government regulations and interference with our rights.

I've written about how the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights confer zero rights to the people. The documents were designed to restrict the powers of the national government. I've argued that we gave the government permission to have firearms and I don't take too kindly to the thought that the government thinks they're being magnanimous whenever they vote to decrease gun control.

I'm an NRA-certified instructor and I teach defensive pistol classes in Louisiana and Arizona. Louisiana requires a nine hour course in order to qualify for what they call a "Concealed Handgun Permit." Our business offers such a course.

I've argued that the course content required by the state is inadequate for teaching people how to properly carry a pistol for self defense. I've also argued that the state shouldn't require any training in order to carry concealed.

I don't think there's any contradiction in these two positions. A responsible gun owner will seek competent training in order to know how to safely and properly use their firearms and the government shouldn't be in the business of placing hurdles in our way when we exercise our right to keep and bear arms. I support what has become known as "constitutional carry" and have pushed for laws in Louisiana that would lead to that as the state's position.

I've argued, and will continue to argue, that the government has no business requiring licensing or training in order to carry a firearm for defensive purposes. Some disagree with my position as they think someone should be required to have training before carrying in public. It's a reasonable point to be debated.

But one instructor sent me an email expressing opposition for my position by asking, "[why] would you promote a change that would put you out of business as an instructor?"

I was floored by the question.

This instructor essentially argued that I should support the training requirement so that I can have a strong and steady stream of customers.

I really didn't know how best to respond. I want to support and get along with my fellow instructors even if they're competitors. I see firearms instructors and students as a community working towards a common goal.

And that may be crux of the issue. One of my partners likes to say, "We're not doing this to get rich."

We started our business because we love shooting, we love the art of defensive pistol use, we love to teach and we actually think we have something to offer our students.

We're proud to be in this business. We're humbled by our students eagerness to learn proper defensive pistol techniques and we love seeing the progress they make.

We are also steadfast in our defense of the right to keep and bear arms. We will not support any government regulations just because it would be in our financial interest to do so.

Up until my recent email exchange I didn't think it would be necessary to say so; I didn't even think it was an option. I guess I still learn something new every day.

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