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February 4, 2013

Avon resident helps others learn about guns

Firearms 101

INDIANAPOLIS — Dustin Kidd is trying to help people learn about firearms — one class at a time.

He recently taught an Introduction of Firearms class at Indiana Self Defense in Indianapolis. The shop is owned and operated by Walter “Walt” Brennan.

“We wanted to try to do some education on firearms,” he said.

Brennan is a survivalist and hopes to also help those who would like to know more about being self sufficient. He opened his facility over the weekend for the free class on firearms.

Kidd is a staunch self-defense advocate and has taught a variety of self-defense topics. He’s also a certified firearms instructor, range safety officer, and a former U.S. Marine.

He said the recent political climate around firearms spurred him to want to teach a class to help those with no knowledge on the subject.

“I’m hoping to bridge the gap and give you a basic level of knowledge on firearms,” he said as he opened the class.

He attributed much of the misinformation about guns to fear.

“Fear is an emotion and a survival mechanism,” Kidd said. “It is a learned emotion. People naturally fear the unknown. It is simply the lack of knowledge.”

He said many people don’t have any first hand experience with firearms and that their sole education has come from television and other forms of the media.

He showed a slide of two rifles — one a standard riffle and the second with cosmetic items such as a pistol grip and an adjustable stock.

“It’s the same riffle,” he said. “One is no more lethal than the other.”

One class member asked why a pistol grip would be more advantageous than the normal trigger.

“A pistol grip is excellent for teaching,” Kidd said. “It makes it easier for a young person to fire. We’re always searching for things to make life easier. These accessories make it easier to teach. Why wouldn’t we want them?”

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