Heidi Yewman, for those who spent the past week out on the Pacific Crest Trail and out of the blogosphere, is a woman anti-gunner currently on the Board of Directors of the Brady Bunch.
Ms. Yewman is pulling a publicity stunt, in which she walked into a gun store, bought a pistol, and vowed to carry it for a month. She has had zero training, apparently can't read the user-manual, and had to ask for help from a neighborhood cop, who, for some strange reason, didn't seem to think that was out of the ordinary.
It goes on and on with this story. Lots of commenters to her blog have gotten dumped, etc. The best analysis of it seems to be on Joe Huffman's blog, here.
While the entire rest of the pro-gun world tut-tuts this stunt and has a good laugh, I see a danger here.
Ms. Yewman may be about to herald the next direction of gun control legislation.
That next gambit would attack the concealed carry movement by imposing unrealisticly severe training and certification requirements to get carry permits.
Let's say that is her intention. She is demonstrating "why it must be done" with her performance-art stunt. She will now write a book screaming to the skies about the technical danger of guns, and how it is so bad that all those people in all those carry states can carry such dangerous devices without any, or with only, little training and testing. Then, the Brady people and all the others, maybe even Bloomberg, will jump in behind her and start screaming for testing and licensing based on the "horrible gun-accident" rate, etc, etc, ad nauseam. The Centers for Disease Control is already involved by Executive Order, no doubt getting ready to pull some phony stats out of their butt like they've done before.
The Federal legislators and regulators will pick this up, and before you know it, a rigorous, multi-day training course with a tough written and practical exam will happen in YOUR, gun-friendly state. The NRA will likely NOT be trusted to teach these courses, they will be assigned as a duty for the State Patrol, or at least your local police. The enabling laws will require total recovery of teaching expenses, and in case you haven't tried to hire off-duty cops for security at an event, the going rate for 4 officers and a Sergeant for four hours is well over a thousand dollars.
Then there's range time. I'd expect that there would be at least two, three hour practice sessions and a three hour exam session, but there could be far more.
Then there's ammo cost (and availability). When my Sheriff's Office transitioned from revolvers to pistols back in the 70's, the training procedure said that 1,000 rounds was to be allocated to each Deputy for practice and qualification. We had 40 hours of instruction, and that time did NOT include any legal-beagle stuff. Total costs to take this new mandatory course could easily approach a grand per student.
This new form of gun restriction hit Oregon back in February, when Senate Bill 796 was introduced. As introduced, it would have sent every permit holder (300,000+) through a mandatory course and range test if they wanted to keep their permit. Currently, the Oregon "shall-issue" permit requires only passing a course of 4 hours or so on gun safety and defense law. SB 796 currently has sufficient adopted amendments to make it more reasonable, but, as introduced, it would have negated the permits for all permitees upon their expiration dates if the new training/certification system had not been passed, and it wasn't even set up yet!
Imagine that goes Federal, and you might just realize that Heidi Yewman is about to seriously tilt the gun-control playing field.