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Serious malpractice. I've never heard of a shotgun zipped up in its case while loaded ... until now. Better training is crucial. It seems to me that it is possible for US citizens can buy guns without any training at all. That's asking for trouble. After all, people have to pass tests to gain a driver's license. It should be the same for firearms.
They mostly are, probably, but there's always room for improvement.
There is a reason that there are no training requirements in most U.S. states, and certainly the idea finds no basis to exist in the U.S. Constitution's second amendment.
In the very same way that U.S. citizens have the right to exercise their religion at will, to speak and write freely, without a license, or by demonstrating a certain proficiency in those areas, is because they are human RIGHTS.
You simply cannot lay restrictions upon the exercise of rights, without sooner or later laying such egregious requirements upon the exercise as to make the right essentially null.
It is entirely incumbent upon the individual to seek out the necessary knowledge in whatever endeavor he engage.
Long ago in the U.S., parents undertook to educate their offspring in all of the vagaries associated with firearms. Those children were taught from a very early age all about guns, how to handle them, when to use them, how to care for them, and certainly to NOT treat them as toys.
Any thought towards mandatory training, and proficiency testing is tantamount to restricting future ownership by way of tighter and tighter standards, such that only a very few will be able to have any gun at all.
Much has changed over the last century, what with the communists gaining ground in the political and educational spheres, where they have sought to demonize guns, and their owners.
But of late, there has been some really serious push-back as more, and more of the citizenry discover that there is a game afoot to first disarm them by degrees, and then totally disarm them. What is planned after the disarmament is too terrible to speak of. It will make all other pogroms pale by comparison.
So, the more the communists push to disarm the people, the more the people are waking up to THE REAL purpose, and are buying guns, literally in the millions.