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Jun 29, 2018 3 tweets 1 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
This is a bad thread because the "expert" conflates "firearms training" with fighting and combat. Civilian #2A proponents make this mistake often.

Learning to operate a weapon proficiently is *maybe* 20 percent of what's necessary to neutralize an armed aggressor.
People who've been taught to shoot--and only taught to shoot--often have a dangerously false sense of security.
It takes years of training to develop the mental state necessary to return fire effectively when the target is shooting back. This is why we shouldn't arm teachers--or journalists.

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This is an unhelpful way for Bezos to spend money. By not standing for any policy principles in particular, nonpartisan @WithHonorFund advances the idea that simply *being* a veteran makes one a good legislator and leader. We know this not to be true.…
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I took a look at this thread with fresh eyes today and this guy is still doesn't get it.

A few thoughts follow....
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Guy is clueless about what it takes to win in combat. Absolutely clueless.
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This is an example of tanking your own economy to own the libs.
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