Message to gun owners: Responsibility is in your hands

Across Austin the size of license to carry handgun courses are increasing rapidly. Some classes have doubled in size in just a matter of weeks. The rate of gun purchases and those participating in courses coincides with the new open carry law set to take effect on January 1st.

"They're worried about terrorism, they're worried about protecting their family members and their loved ones," Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gunworks, said.

That is why 21 year-retired U.S. Army veteran Jose Davila chose to pursue his license almost 20 years ago.

"Sometimes just having the license just gives you peace of mind," he said.

Prospective carriers are required to go through a 4 to 6 hour course in which they learn Texas' gun laws, scenario training, as well as the right and wrong times to use a weapon. But perhaps the most important thing they learn, the responsibility that comes with owning a gun.
"A gun is not for everyone and if a person does pass that course you have to do some soul searching and make sure you are proficient in using that firearm and you are ready to pull that gun out," Cargill said.
Instructors and experts, such as Cargill, said it is the right for everyone to own a gun but they must ask themselves a big question; Can they handle taking a life?
"What if this teenager breaks into your house and you pull that gun out to shoot that teenager, you know the first thing that teenager is going to do?" Cargill said.
"While he's dying, he is going to call for his mother, are you prepared to deal with that? You know what happens when a round hits a body and that hearts still pumping? Blood comes out of that body and it comes out really fast and when that heart stops, every muscle in that body relaxes. Whatever is inside will come out and that last bowel movement is going to happen right there where that body lies, so there are a lot of things to think about when you pull that gun out and use it. there is a really big picture that is out there," he said.
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