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November 2016
Born in Dallas, Texas
Living in Dallas, Texas
Gun store owner

“People who have gone trough the training to shoot with a gun are better of than people who do not train. Is like driving a car, if you don’t learn how to drive correctly you’re an hazard.”

Tom is a Vietnam veteran that opened TargetMaster – “Texas’ largest family owned indoor shooting centre and gun store” – 38 years ago. Right under TargetMaster’s logo you can read “2nd amendment”, so let’s remember it: “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Despite not being American citizens we experienced this right on Tom’s fire range with a 9 mm Glock pistol, but instead of feeling like a regulated militia we felt in a movie like Taxi Driver or Lethal Weapon. “I also have been a teacher for many years. An instructor and an adviser to police departments and government agencies over the years.” One of his jobs was profiling, like an expert witness hearing and identifying the sound of a gun. What about gun control? “Each state has the right to set their own rules. I think the federal government has been way too involved in what should be state’s rights. (…) Vermont is probably the most open state in the country, but in New Hampshire you don’t need to have a permit to carry a gun. In Texas we’ve only been able to have a permit to legally carry a gun since 1996.” Tom misses old America. “I wish it could be the way it was 50 years ago, but it will never be that again. I hope that people learn to respect and help each other instead of being so divisive as to ‘I’m only interested in me’.”

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