A part of proper gun use has to do with what gun you're using. Like my S&W .38 revolver; it's just meat and potatoes. Point n shoot. Since it's double-action-only there are no safeties to finger, because the gun can't accidentally discharge by being dropped, etc. That's the nature of double-action-only, which is why I got it. You have to pull the trigger, and it has a heavy trigger pull., too.
I can just put it in my pocket and no one ever knows, it's there if I need it, it's out of the way if I don't.
I fervently believe and support the Castle Doctrine, which in the States means if six yobs (or one) busts into your house armed with weapons, and uninvited, you have a right to defend your home and family. The fact that entry was gained illegally puts the issue in your favor. In a number of states that is pretty much the law. You don't have to flee, you don't have to show an attempt on your part to get away. In many states in the U.S., if you enter into a home illegally you can count on getting your butt shot at or shot off.
Now you can't walk around and execute them or anything like that. The point is that you are legally within your rights to neutralize the threat. With six armed assailants on you like white on rice how do you know exactly when it is time to back off? I'd say more power to your man with the ax.
"When Faith preaches Hate, Blessed are the Doubters." - Amin Maalouf
He was certainly right to defend himself, but the line between self defense and assault can become blurred, as it seems to have in this case. Without knowing more details, it's impossible to say whether the jury made the right decision.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Jason Bowman didn't have a firearm at his disposal because he and his 53 y/o wife are both felons; Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetemine; and Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance.
This explains keeping an axe next to the TV, also. Very good.
But, yeah, you don't need any training to effectively use a lot of firearms. A simple model and few boxes at a range and you know everything there is to know because there's not much to it.
In fact, the simplicity of firearms is why nobles didn't want peasants to have them, originally. It would take years of dedicated training to become proficient with the sword or bow, but literally just anyone cold pick up a firearm and use it effectively.
Like this one: Jerry's Album: Forbidden Love
...it's not complicated...at all....the bullets go here, point, shoot....that's all there is to it.