Handgun Training Is a Way of Life, It Needn't Be Political
Dr. Ignatius Piazza has, for years, been trying to get America to see the sense in getting handgun training now and often. Dr. Piazza is the founder and director of Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, the nation's largest firearms training school. Dr. Piazza wants to see a shift in the thinking of Americans, and get them to see that while handguns are certainly dangerous, they're only so in the hands of those who aren't properly trained. Dr. Piazza is determined to change the image of firearms and even handgun training from hicks and rednecks into average, law-abiding citizens.
Featured in Las Vegas Mercury, where the writer needed to attend a class of a free submachine gun course before being given an interview, Dr. Piazza started in on his spiel. "Look around at the class," Piazza says. "These aren't tobacco-chewing bubbas spewing anti-government rhetoric. They're average people who you'd be happy to have as your neighbors." And according to the writer, that's morning's free, one-day submachine gun class included a complement of legal assistants, electrical engineers, nurses and business consultants. Some were already gun enthusiasts who had come out to take advantage of the opportunity to squeeze the trigger on an Uzi. Others, such as Krishna Grant, a legal assistant, were relatively new to the world of firearms. "Sept. 11 affected me profoundly, but not as far as my reasons for coming here," she explains. "My apartment complex was broken into recently, and I want to protect myself." While the training she was receiving that day might not help her with break-ins (submachine guns are a bit pricey), she would likely go on to take any of Front Sight's defensive handgun training.
Dr. Ignatius Piazza is trying to show America that handgun training is a way of life, that if everyone were trained, no one would need fear handguns and firearms in general. His mission is to change the image of firearms and firearms training.