You will be pleased to know that I am now an NRA certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer. I am currently certified to teach rifle, and I will complete my pistol and shotgun Instructor certifications in May. Marksmanship and safety courses from BBR will be coming soon!
I feel this is a critical time to get involved. With the latest political moves currently in play, there are roughly 7 million first time gun owners this year and more making the choice everyday to get training in the safe handling and use of firearms. Those of us who have experience are obligated to ensure that our new friends receive the best training and education possible. As the saying goes, "A little knowledge is dangerous." This is especially true when it comes to firearms. There are too many self proclaimed experts out there filling folks heads with bad information. My current favorite was a caller to NJ 101.5 radio yesterday, who told the host he could answer any question out there. The caller then proceeded to lecture on the subject of "magazine-clips." (There's no such animal!) It's up to some of us "old heads" to make sure the facts are presented in an educational and non-frightening manner, without exaggeration to the capability of the firearm, ammunition, or person using them.
If you are new, I encourage you to take a class from a NRA certified Instructor, whether it's myself or someone else. The NRA is the largest nationally recognized safety and education organization, and a NRA certified Instructor will impart the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude you need to become a safe and proficient marksman.
If you have been involved for a while, I encourage you to become a NRA certified Instructor so you may pass your knowledge to these new marksmen coming up. It's up to us to teach them right, before Hollywood, the media, and those who would remove our Second Amendment rights teach them wrong.