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Register reporter tries hand at NRA pistol safety course
New Haven Register ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Bellmore

Posted on 02/18/2013 8:22:34 AM PST by billorites

MERIDEN — When I pulled into the parking lot of 35 Pleasant Street, it looked like any other suburban office building — the kind of place where podiatrists look at feet and optometrists look at eyes. What removed it from the ordinary was a laminated sign in the lobby directing me to my destination. It depicted the white silhouette of handgun on a red background. Underneath was written “ctpistolclass.com,” with an arrow pointed to the elevator.

On the third floor, Michael Pear, an NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor, was preparing to teach the NRA basic pistol safety course in which I had enrolled, the first step toward acquiring a state pistol permit.

“The goal of the class, the stated course goal, is to teach the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely,” Pear said, “That pretty much says it all, and I believe in that.”

Inside the classroom, diagrams of firearms and cross sections of cartridges lined the walls of the otherwise stark room. A long, white table sat 17 people, including myself.

I don’t know quite who I expected to see sitting at that table, but it most certainly was not the stereotypical bunch of yahoos that the unfairly presumptuous might imagine. Half of the class were men, half were women, some of whom had never fired a gun before. Young adults sat next to senior citizens. Couples had brought their aged relatives.

“I’ve had people as old as their early 80s take the class. So it pretty much runs the gamut. The ethnic diversity is right there with the population. We have the business owner, the dock worker, the factory worker who loads trucks all day for a living, the waitress at the diner,”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; gunclasses; guncontrol; guneducation; nra; secondamendment

Michael Bellmore, New Haven Register reporter, gets instruction from certified NRA Instructor Michael Pear of Meriden

1 posted on 02/18/2013 8:22:37 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites

Can’t judge a book by its cover, but I’ll guess that the metrosexual on the right is the reporter.


2 posted on 02/18/2013 8:27:18 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: billorites

Typical lib. Brings his own prejudices, writes a “I, I, I” story. Reveals his ignorance about stuff we’ve all known for years.


3 posted on 02/18/2013 8:27:39 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: billorites

Sorry, Mikey. You’re a day late & a dollar short. Emily Miller wrote a wonderful series on obtaining a CCW in DC for the Washington Times.


4 posted on 02/18/2013 8:31:10 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: billorites

Took my CCW class this weekend. To my surprise 70% were women. The best shooter in the bunch was a women, mid 40’s couple of kids. Moral of the story, be careful who you mess with out there.


5 posted on 02/18/2013 8:31:58 AM PST by woodenickel
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To: billorites

Talk about a pencil necked geek! That boy has never made a fist. I am sure he went right home to his mommy and told her all about his combat exploits.


6 posted on 02/18/2013 8:32:50 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: P.O.E.

That’s because his unionized teacher Mom divorced her hubby when Metroboy was 7 and he grew up with man haters and Lib drivel his whole life. Substituting video games for hunting, fishing and camping, he played tuba and went to a Liberal college.

The divorce - Libtard connection.

The above is speculation, but there are thousands of the male vagina types all across colleges everywhere.


7 posted on 02/18/2013 8:34:27 AM PST by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: billorites

mark for location


8 posted on 02/18/2013 8:35:52 AM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: woodenickel
The best shooter in the bunch was a women

Of all the people I have provided instruction for, almost always it's the females who shoot the best outta the gate.

I think it's because there's no bravado there, they listen more. No macho-ism.

9 posted on 02/18/2013 8:44:25 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: CodeToad

Give the kid some credit. He went into this thing biased as hell, but in the end he learned a great deal. This is how we win this fight. We have to educate people. We will never be able to bring them all to our side, but we can pick enough of them off. This reporter is a prime example of this strategy. Firearms are no longer a big bad mystery to him. He now understands that my Ruger P-94 isn’t going to jump out of the closet and go on a killing spree.


10 posted on 02/18/2013 8:45:02 AM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: billorites

Not a bad article. The reporter managed to maintain a pretty unbiased position throughout.


11 posted on 02/18/2013 8:47:41 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

When first seeing that picture, before scrolling down to read your post, I had already identified “reporter” and “gun guy.”


12 posted on 02/18/2013 8:48:59 AM PST by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: Puppage

I think you are on to part of why women often become better shooters on the first trip to the range. I think the rest is the lack of preconceived notions. They go in accepting that they don’t know how to shoot and hence listen to everything you tell them. Men often believe they already know the business, especially if they don’t.

I’ve taught a lot of people how to shoot and the women often and up surprisingly good by the end of their first trip to the range.


13 posted on 02/18/2013 8:52:10 AM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Puppage
Of all the people I have provided instruction for, almost always it's the females who shoot the best outta the gate.

I've long suspected that the Greek myths of Artemis/Diana/Amazons were based on actual observations of women's prowess handling bows - albiet perhaps not the mighty hero bows with the 100 lb draw.

14 posted on 02/18/2013 8:54:13 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: CodeToad

You’re too hard on the guy. He kept an open mind, and is even buying himself a rifle. As for telling his Mom, didn’t you tell someone about your new found enjoyment when you started your new gun hobby?


15 posted on 02/18/2013 8:54:12 AM PST by expat2
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To: ClearCase_guy

Yup. Has ‘metro’ written all over him.


16 posted on 02/18/2013 8:58:42 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: sean327

Bump!

Excellent comment.


17 posted on 02/18/2013 9:00:51 AM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: wac3rd; P.O.E.

You should both read the entire article. This is a liberal writing for a liberal rag to a liberal audience. You must give credit to where credit is due.

I believe he did a pretty objective peice and “understands” the thrill of owning and shooting firearms now that he’s experienced it.

He supports our conservative position and is against 2A legislation. He is the kind of liberal that other liberals might listen to. A pat on the back is in order, not vilification for association.


18 posted on 02/18/2013 9:02:45 AM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: billorites

Good article. People complaining about it didn’t read it. Surprising coming from the NH Register.


19 posted on 02/18/2013 9:03:18 AM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: drbuzzard
I think the rest is the lack of preconceived notions.

I couldn't agree more.

20 posted on 02/18/2013 9:05:45 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: P.O.E.

“Typical lib. Brings his own prejudices, writes a “I, I, I” story. Reveals his ignorance about stuff we’ve all known for years.”

We have failed the yutes by letting the libs run the school system. He is only parroting what he was taught in school.


21 posted on 02/18/2013 9:06:16 AM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: Tenacious 1

I had read the whole article. You’re right in that it’s written for a lib audience, and thus must be taken with that grain of salt in mind.

But my point is he shows up with typical lib prejudices, and while he soon finds many of them untrue, he’s pushing the “guns are for killing people and the firing range” shibboleth.


22 posted on 02/18/2013 9:08:57 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: woodenickel
After instucting for decades I find women who want to learn are some of the best shots and are easy to teach.

The worse are men who have done a little shooting and think they know it all.

23 posted on 02/18/2013 9:14:04 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: sean327

re: “Give the kid some credit. He went into this thing biased as hell, but in the end he learned a great deal. This is how we win this fight. We have to educate people.”

Thank you!! I was ready to post a similar observation until I saw yours. You are exactly right! Several posters here on FR are every bit as small, biased, and mean as any liberal I’ve ever read or met.

Come on Freepers - celebrate a small victory instead of dumping on this kid. Good grief!


24 posted on 02/18/2013 9:17:31 AM PST by rusty schucklefurd
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To: wac3rd
The above is speculation, but there are thousands of the male vagina types all across colleges everywhere.

If you read the entire article, the guy ended up enjoying shooting and intends to purchase a rifle and join a shooting range. He decided not to get his CC license because he didn't feel a need on his part, didn't want the responsibility that comes with a CC license, and he didn't want to spend that much money. That's his choice of course, but he did not criticize other people who want to carry.

Overall, a positive article.

25 posted on 02/18/2013 9:17:43 AM PST by Ditto
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To: billorites

There is a disturbing yet unsurprising commonality of experience in all of these “reporter meets gun” stories.

The reporters think and write of gun ownership as a foreign culture. They might as well be writing a story about going to a Nigerian basket weaving class.

Yes, yes, nice to give them some exposer, but how telling that they all seem to come from backgrounds devoid of firearm use.


26 posted on 02/18/2013 9:18:44 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: billorites

“Okay, now I would say bring it down, turn it, rack the slide, drop the mag.”

Hopefully this was just faulty memory or a typo. If you do that you now have an “empty” gun cocked with one in the chamber. Correct would be: lower the gun, eject the magazine, turn the gun so the ejection port points down, rack the slide.

Still, not a bad article from a liberal reporter of a liberal rag.


27 posted on 02/18/2013 9:21:31 AM PST by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Puppage; billorites

Sure it’s stuff that gun owners already know, but this story is reaching many more than just existing gun owners. There are probably a lot of people reading that article who have a distorted notion of pistols, and especially AR15s. Reading something positive can help dispel some of the negative notions held by the un-informed.


28 posted on 02/18/2013 9:23:03 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: P.O.E.
But my point is he shows up with typical lib prejudices, and while he soon finds many of them untrue, he’s pushing the “guns are for killing people and the firing range” shibboleth.

Let's be realistic here and take what we can get. Guns are, by their very nature, a machine that is designed to kill, though not exclusively people. He didn't make the distinction and say "people." But it's an irrefutable fact. They are also "fun to shoot". He said that. Where do you go to "shoot for fun"? We don't go to Rush and Division in downtown Chicago do we (thugs and criminals excepted)?

To win any logical debate, you must know and be able to make points on both sides of your argument. As conservatives we fail repeatedly on any number of debates because we get easily fooled into debating farcical and irrelevant, peripheral BS that has nothing to do with the logical issue.

Let's accept that guns actually are for killing and shooting at a range. Next we can argue about the responsibility that goes with that, the laws that are in place currently and the constitutional authority that governs an individuals right that shall not be infringed.

29 posted on 02/18/2013 9:24:35 AM PST by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: sean327

“He now understands that my Ruger P-94 isn’t going to jump out of the closet and go on a killing spree.”

He never really thought that in the first place and while he might have loved his shooting experience he will still cow to every liberal he associates with and continue repeating the same crap he always did. He is too cowardly to stand up to his fellow loud mouthed liberals.


30 posted on 02/18/2013 9:26:40 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: SuziQ
Sure it’s stuff that gun owners already know, but this story is reaching many more than just existing gun owners. There are probably a lot of people reading that article who have a distorted notion of pistols, and especially AR15s. Reading something positive can help dispel some of the negative notions held by the un-informed.

Fair enough. Good points all.

31 posted on 02/18/2013 9:29:44 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

I’m inclined to think that women have a different eye/hand connection that just works well.

My daughter was near the top of her class at the (police) academy with a shotgun. In the middle with a handgun.

My cardiologist told me his wife was hell on wheels from the get go. It was funny to hear him describe her.


32 posted on 02/18/2013 9:34:38 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: billorites
During one of our class breaks, I spoke with a middle-aged woman who identified herself as a teacher, but did not wish to be named because of the stigma associated with owning firearms.
Hey, reporter boy. Any "stigma" regarding gun ownership has been deliberately created by you and your fellow "reporters".
33 posted on 02/18/2013 9:35:12 AM PST by Bob
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To: billorites

I think this is a balanced, well-written article. Thank you Mr. Bellmore.

Now, prepare to catch absolute hell from the hoplophobe libtards who read it and HATE YOU for firing a gun.


34 posted on 02/18/2013 9:38:06 AM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: billorites

Decent write up for a ‘nOOb’

Right near the end he wrote “ I do not perceive the need, nor do I wish to take on the responsibility”

OK, let’s dissect that.

“I do not perceive the need”. He is a Naif or a Polyanna. Once crime becomes real to him or someone he cares about, he’ll get it.

“nor do I wish to take the responsibility” Actually, good for him. He realizes it IS a big responsibility to carry and potentially employ a carried firearm, with that attitude, however wrongly placed it might be. In his mind, he has not taken responsibility for his own life and liberty, nor that of the people he loves and cares about with or around him.


35 posted on 02/18/2013 9:45:10 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: billorites
Not a bad piece.

I think his comments on the AR15 demonstrate a lack of understanding of the intent of the 2nd amendment.

Of the AR-15, I’ve heard it asked, “Why would anyone need a gun like that?” And the answer I’ve heard most is self defense.
Really, though, the AR-15’s most practical and often-used application is for it to be fired at a range. And shooting an AR15, or any other gun for that matter, is a lot of fun.

An AR15 is a "militia rifle". It is just the type of weapon envisioned by the founders with which the people would (if necessary) resist a despotic government. A government would be much more hesitant with 10 million AR15 owners than with 10 million 22 handguns.

Like many, he does not realize that "self defense" applies to much more than criminals. There is a very good reason why the government is so rabidly anti AR15 and wants to confiscate them.

36 posted on 02/18/2013 9:53:10 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: ClearCase_guy
The reporter sounds like a holier-than-thou, smarmy D-bag Hipster. Looks like one too.

However, I was surprised by the almost moderate tone. Probably about as surprised as the reporter was by the fact that shooting is fun, and people who do it aren't all redneck Klansman wanna-bes.

37 posted on 02/18/2013 10:08:31 AM PST by wbill
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To: CodeToad
That boy has never made a fist.

You're being totally unfair. I'm sure he's made a fist at some point in his life, probably even in anger.

It's just that he really also needed someone there to whisper subtly in his ear, "Dude...thumbs go on the outside of the fingers."

38 posted on 02/18/2013 10:09:23 AM PST by FateAmenableToChange
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To: CodeToad

Isn’t he an actor on “Big Bang” comedy show? If not he could play the part.


39 posted on 02/18/2013 10:11:13 AM PST by fish hawk (no tyrant can remain in power without the consent and cooperation of his victims.)
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To: billorites

I like the last line where he says .22 ammo is cheap. He obviously has not seen the price of .22 lately.


40 posted on 02/18/2013 10:42:47 AM PST by Ham Hock ( i)
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To: Ditto

Bleah, talk about “people with preconceived notions”, those who immediately launch into a soft target and tear him to shreds.

As so many have said above, this is a POSITIVE experience that HELPS EDUCATE those who truly do not “get” the historic “gun culture” that so many of us were blessed to grow up with, that guns are for protection, hunting, and recreation.

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Michael, if you are reading this, I appreciate you and your story. **Good for you** to not only be willing to step into what was unfamiliar territory, but further to record your experience for the whole world to comment on... in many cases, unfairly. I hope you continue with your education to more fully understand our 2nd amendment concerns.

You may well find that when you are responsible for protecting a family with little ones, everything changes. I hope you will write again then.


41 posted on 02/18/2013 10:47:25 AM PST by cyn (Benghazi...the travesty continues.)
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To: sean327

Could not agree more. It seemed like a fairly written article.


42 posted on 02/21/2013 4:59:01 PM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: cyn
You may well find that when you are responsible for protecting a family with little ones, everything changes.

Well stated. I think the problem often boils down to those who have never been exposed to the harsh and cruel world this can indeed become, vs. those who have had some exposure to that harshness and cruelty. And in the end, it is about protecting your own life and that of your loved ones.

It's not red necks vs. sophisticates. Is is realists vs. sheltered idealists.

43 posted on 02/21/2013 7:03:23 PM PST by Ditto
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