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Could You Be a Firearms Instructor?
by Zoe Samuel
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Firearms are tools. They are deadly tools the right to ownership of which is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. In some parts of the world, firearms are tightly regulated, monitored, and registered. In other parts of the world, conditions are more or less as they were on the American frontier in the 1800s, only today those places are populated with AK-47s and stranger, deadlier weapons.

One thing that is common to any part of the world where the ownership and use of firearms are legal is the importance of competent, safe instruction. A quick perusal of the internet will reveal dozens of videos featuring firearms instructors shooting themselves in the feet, sometimes literally. There are even more videos of people who learned unsafe practices with firearms, hurting themselves through the misuse of pistols, rifles, and shotguns.

Being a teacher means taking some responsibility for the success of one's students, even if there is no legal requirement for this. How would you feel if you showed someone how to use a firearm safely, and they ended up hurting themselves, or someone else? Even though you might not be at fault in a legal sense, you would likely feel some sense of responsibility. Thus, it is important that you consider if you're up to the challenge of being a firearms instructor before considering it as a career option. Do you have what it takes?

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