by learning, then buying. If your beginner class doesn't at least have rental guns, it's a class. Or they should find friends. yes, it is absurd. No one is suggesting in that. You don't carry until you're ready. I there's a happy medium in there somewhere. Personally, I think its found in competition. Find a USPSA or IDPA match you can go to. Show up early and explain that you're new. People will help. If not, find a different club because yours is full of dickweeds. the next thing to do is lock it up until you know how to use it safely. The decision to carry a weapon should not be made out of fear. The decision to learn how to take care of yourself is another matter. then they shouldn't handle it unsupervised. obviously not. That would be reckless. A gun in the wrong hands is dangerous. Just because I believe everyone should have that right does not mean I think everyone should exercise it. There was an article posted by an anti a while ago about her month carrying concealed. Among other things, she thought it came from the store loaded and stopped a cop to unload it for her. As far as I remember, she never shot it. She left it in her purse when she forgot about it. She probably never bought a holster. This woman should not own a gun. She doesn't have the mentality. She proved that. My objection is with her opinion that I shouldn't be able to exercise mine just because she doesn't care to become competent. And based on some other of stinger's posts, I get it from him....if I were to use Mexican carry or put a gun under my pillow, I'd want it in C3 too. On my hip in a good holster....I see no reason not to trust the way it's been done for a hundred years.