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  1. #1
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    Had to Remove a Student Today - Opinions Sought

    This weekend I held the class "NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home." Saturday was eight hours of lecture, bookwork, demonstration and dry-fire exercises. I had one student who felt the need to interject his opinion on everything that was said. He was bogging us down and we couldn't keep him quiet. I was the lead instructor and had two other NRA instructors and a SWAT weapons instructor working the class as we like a one-to-one instructor/student ratio during the live fire parts of the class.

    Well today (Sunday) was the advanced live-fire exercises. Sixteen students overall and four at a time on the line (with four instructors). Then this particular student came on the line. Look out! He had much difficulty following instructions. First, we found him looking down the barrel of his loaded .45. He was warned and advised of the safety violations. A few minutes later another instructor caught him looking down the barrel. He was warned again and argued that he was not compromising safety on the firing line. Then the police trainer caught him loading the gun while pointing it directly at him. Lastly, I caught him with the loaded gun turned toward himself wiping some smudges off it. He then looked down the barrel again.

    The police instructor requested he hand over the gun and step off the line. He refused. The LEO warned him to turn over the gun or he would forceably take it and arrest him. He begrudgingly gave it up. I locked the gun in the clubhouse and returned to the range to find him arguing that he wasn't doing anything wrong. Tried to tell me all the other instructors were wrong. These are well trained instructors with intuitive knowledge and extensive experience in personal protection. I believe they acted in the best interest of the club, the other students and our own personal safety (even though we all wear vests during live-fire). I refunded his money and repossessed his NRA certificate of completion. When the class ended he was escorted to the main gate, his gun was returned and the gate was locked behind him (he's not a member of this club).

    In the event he shot himself or another student you can bet we would have been named in any lawsuit. Although we carry $6,000,000 liability insurance between us I believed that allowing him to continue presented significant liability to all involved. Ignorance at it's best. yet he's had a CCW permit for 25 years.I thought the LEO was going to choke him as he wouldn't shut up until threatened with police intervention.

    The best part was that we had another instructor teaching "NRA Basic Pistol" in the clubhouse and this occurred while he was covering handgun safety. Those students got a good look at stupidity in action.

    What do you think? Please provide your opinions? Did we handle him correctly.

    In all the years of teaching this was my first experience with such a serious issue.

  3. #2
    Was it this guy?

    My whole problem with all this safety stuff is that we aren't cleaning out the gene pool like we used to... That's why we have such a huge population of stupid people these days....
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    washington state
    You absolutely did the right thing. He was compromising his and others safety. I can understand a novice making mistakes but that is why most persons take firearm training so they can learn how to do it the right and safe way. This person did not want to learn. You also should have given this 'know it all' a first prize trophy for stupidity. People like that give the rest of us a bad name. When (not if) this idiot does the wrong thing with his gun you can bet the 'Brady Bunch' will milk it for all its worth. I agree with you 100%. Good job.

  5. #4
    Personally, I believe you waited too long to take "terminal corrective action". I was pistol range safety officer/instructor at Gitmo during my "tour" down there..... My "policy" was, one warning. A repeat got you gone from the line AND the range.

    I "busted" one young WM Cpl and a Navy LtJG in my time off my range. The JG tried to make a federal case out of it through his chain of command, but the Commander whose carpet I was expected to dance on, sided with me on the matter. (I wonder if the kid ever made LT?)

    Besides, the safety of every person on that line depends on my doing my job... insuring that safety matters are strictly followed. I don't tolerate screw ups.


    [Edit]: ... and certainly don't want the mountain of paperwork ex post facto to a screw up. Heh. Heh.
    Fanatics of any sort are dangerous! -GG-
    Which part of "... shall NOT be infringed..." confuses you?
    Well now, aren't WE a pair, Raggedy Man? (Thunderdome)

  6. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLT View Post
    Was it this guy?

    My whole problem with all this safety stuff is that we aren't cleaning out the gene pool like we used to... That's why we have such a huge population of stupid people these days....
    I tend to agree..... except to note that the stupids often tend to "take" others with them when they make their terminal mistakes.

    Just like bad drivers. I don't mind at all if they commit suicide in their vehicles. All I ask is that they don't take anyone else with them.

    Fanatics of any sort are dangerous! -GG-
    Which part of "... shall NOT be infringed..." confuses you?
    Well now, aren't WE a pair, Raggedy Man? (Thunderdome)

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    SE FL and SE OH
    Did you know the person BC1? Could it have been a plant? 260.35 3(b) violation for sure if willful.

  8. #7
    Waited way too long, in my opinion. As a CCW instructor, I would have done whatever necessary to ensure that this moron never carried a firearm again. At least a loaded one....maybe he could handle one of those with the orange on the end! Sounds like his main problem is his attitude. Big problem. Huge!

  9. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by BC1 View Post
    Did we handle him correctly.
    Absolutely...except you waited too long to boot 'em out, IMO.

    Hope you didn't refund his course fee either.

    3X PM

  10. #9
    I think you did the right thing, tho agree you probably should've terminated his time in your class by the second incident on the firing line. Not a condemnation, as hindsight is 20/20, of course. Just my opinion on the situation since you asked.

    Good on you, regardless!
    Arkansas Concealed Carry Instructor #12-751

  11. #10
    I think you have done the proper procedure in dealing with your student that was, and still is a hazard to anyone in close proximity. Unfortunately some people's egos can't handle being told/taught anything. When I taught SCUBA, some of the most problematic students were young male jock types.

    I don't think he should of been expelled as quickly as some people suggested. But after a few serious safety violations, you had every right, and a duty to all around, to remove him.

    Can you give us an idea of the student's age, body type, and a quick psych profile.

    If this was a Quality Control safety check, as a previous member here suggested, I think that they totally crossed the line
    Beware the Fury of a patient man.

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