Guns, Safety, and Training

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It’s really easy to shoot a gun in North Carolina.

You can walk into a gun store, flash your driver’s license, take a quick true/false test on gun safety, and have a glock in your hand in about six minutes.

And that’s about it.

If you want special training on how to load bullets or not shoot someone in the face, you pay extra.

And the whole process reminds me of much of the training we receive at work. We receive instruction that might or might not be relevant; we take a test (on a computer) to demonstrate perceived proficiency; and then we’re let loose.

Most of the work we do won’t kill us. Most of the skills we need to learn are commoditized and can be taught and measured by a test. But sometimes, the training we receive is just negligent. It’s stupid. It’s a waste of time. And it doesn’t build skills. It indemnifies a corporation against lawsuits.

I like shootemups. Guns are fun. But my recent trip to the gun range reminded me that most people are idiots, assume a level of proficiency in life that has not been attained, and have no business rubbing two sticks together — let alone operating equipment, handling sensitive data, or doing other really important & critical things in life.

I wish we had a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to decent training at work — and the right to be protected from idiots at the shootemups range.

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