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Expert: Washington Vs. Gail Gerlach

Robert Smith of Coeur d'Alene was one of two expert witnesses in the recent manslaughter case involving Spokane resident Gail Gerlach. He wrote an op-ed piece in the Coeur d'Alene Press today:There are two levels of survival that the armed citizen must contemplate, street and court. A self-defense shooting encounter, or anything else in life for that matter, is like a game of chess. One should try to anticipate from whence an attack may come, and have a counter in place. Way too many who carry make no or only cursory plans for either arena. Taking the minimal training to obtain a concealed carry permit should be the starting point in one's training and education in this subject, although not required by law. Many years ago after soloing when I got a pilot's license my flight instructor said, “This is your license to learn to fly.” So, I would urge, it is with use of arms.More here.

Question: Do you think most people who hold concealed-weapon permits are trained in using a gun in a spontaneous situation?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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