Two days in a Nashville gun carry-permit class taught a reporter for The Tennessean that “If I ever have to use my gun for self-defense, I need to know a whole lot more than how to point and shoot to survive.” The class was taught by Buford Tune, 56, of the Academy of Personal Protection and Security, a former police officer and federal agent. Tune more women in every class who are buying handguns to defend themselves against street crime and home invasions. The number of women in the state who have gun carry permits has more than doubled in recent years, from 2,505 in 2000 to 6,256 in 2003. Tune has instructed female attorneys, schoolteachers, nurses, retirees, and religious leaders.
A few women in the class said they lived alone and wanted a gun for protection. One woman said her husband wanted her to take the class because their house was full of guns and he thought she should know how to use them. Others said they wanted to be able to defend their families in a home invasion or protect themselves in isolated areas.
Whether you agree with the carry-permit law or not, one thing is certain: People who carry a gun aren’t going to be safer if they don’t know how to use it. Reporter Holly Edwards says that “Tune’s class made me realize that using a gun defensively requires a whole different set of skills than target shooting.”
To qualify for a carry permit, we had to hit the targets 35 out of 50 times. Even police officers with years of training hit their intended targets only 10% of the time when they’re in a gunbattle, said Tune, who retired from the Metro Police Department after 25 years of service.
Edwards concluded: “the main thing I learned from Tune’s class is that I need a lot more training to be able to use my gun defensively. Simply being able to hit a target and having a gun in my purse aren’t enough.”