Ignatius Piazza


Gun Training: Now Without the Stigma

Dr. Ignatius Piazza was quoted in the Las Vegas Mercury as having this to say about gun training: "When people sit down and look at the security of the country today, they're coming to the realization that if law-abiding citizens are armed and trained, it's a good thing. It's good for our country and our security. People's attitudes are already changing." And they are, too. Dr. Ignatius Piazza is the founder and director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, a gun training school located near Las Vegas, Nevada. With plans on the board to be America's first gun town, a residential community based not around golf courses but instead around shooting ranges, Front Sight is still the leader in the gun training industry, training more students annually than all other shooting schools in the nation combined.

Dr. Piazza's mission now is to remove the stigma of owning a firearm. Unfortunately, there are those who consider owning a firearm a social faux pas. It's a sad fact, especially considering there is no reason not to; with good gun training, one can be a safe, responsible gun user. Though America seems to have forgotten that in the last few decades, preferring to slough off their responsibility in exchange for gun control laws.

The interviewer from Las Vegas Mercury interviewed Peter, a Bechtel engineer who has enrolled in several Front Sight courses. "I'm mostly into target practice," says Peter, who did not want his last name used. Why not? "Because there's still a stigma about gun ownership. It scares people. But for me, shooting is challenging and relaxing, and it requires a lot of concentration, practice and focus. None of us is violent. One of the things they teach you here is that the greatest gun battle is the one you can avoid."

In the same article in the Las Vegas Mercury, Nathan Taylor, a government affairs consultant and chairman of the Clark County Young Republicans, had this to say, "I think the stigma of gun ownership is going to disappear. After the events of Sept. 11, people are definitely going to be more inclined to view owning a gun as safer than not. People want to feel safe again. I'm an NRA member, but being here today has taught me that I'm not doing enough to protect our Second Amendment rights. I'm going to get as many people to come to this course as I can. It exceeded my expectations."

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