I’ve recently concluded that most Americans shouldn’t be carrying a gun for defensive purposes. They choose the wrong weapon, don’t train enough, don’t do the right kind of training, and remain largely ignorant of gunfighting tactics and legal ramifications. While pre-fight gun safety isn’t much of a concern—common sense is enough to keep most people from pointing a gun’s muzzle at the wrong person and pulling the trigger—I wouldn’t expect the average defensive shooter to hit squat in a gunfight. Even so, I’m OK with poorly equipped, under-trained Americans owning and carrying guns. The collateral damage is spectacular but statistically insignificant. It’s the price we pay, the risk we take, for our individual right to armed self-defense. I understand those who feel gun ownership is too much responsibility for the average American. Personally, I don’t think it’s enough.