I was at a sporting goods store today and saw someting that just wasn't right. A couple was looking at handguns...9mm auto loaders. I like listening to sales pitches that these big box sales people give people that have no clue as to what they are looking for in a handgun. He was pushing a 9mm to a very thin woman. Now I have no problem with women shooting 9mm's at all. What I do have a problem with is a sales person pushing a 9mm to a woman who has never shot a handgun before. After slick was done pushing his goods I spoke to them and ask if either one of them had shot a firearm before. Neither had ever snapped a trigger. The first thing I suggested to them was to find a local gun range and ask to be tought to shoot the right way. The next thing I suggested was for them to look into a Ruger .22 auto loader and learn trigger control before they jump into a center fire cartridge. Then I explaind how I just had to have a 9mm when I started shooting handgun, I'll admit it, I was a Die Hard fan and had to have a Beretta 92FS cause it could shoot smilie faces in the back of leather jackets real quick. I couldn't hit anything with it. I traded the 9 for a .22 and learned trigger control...the way I should of done it in the first place. Folks, if you see something similar to this, step in and suggest that they go to a local firing range and request someone to teach them to shoot. I have seen to many accidents happen (non life threating but had the potential to be) at our local gun club to let this couple and their 4 kids get away with out saying something to them. I was at the range one night and a guy was there shooting his 45 acp. He had no business with a handgun...none at all. We have a 5 shot in the magizine rule...no more then 5 rounds in a mag. He had shoot 4 times and had lost count of his shoots. He was looking through a telescope at his target down range with his finger on the trigger of his still loaded 45. He was pissed off that he only had 4 holes on the target, thought he pulled one, pulled the trigger and put a hole in our table. I sat him down and had a talk with him afterwards and explained how bad this situation could of been. Then ask him what he was doing with a 45 as his first handgun. I later found out that he was scared to death of Y2K and wanted to protect his stash. We didn't see him again after Jan of 2000. Sorry to go on about this. If we as gun owners don't step up to the plate and help out the "newbies" getting into the shooting sports for whatever reason, there is going to be allot of accidents that could of been prevented and the gun grabbers will have a fit over it.