So, that all raises a question, in the context of your own experience and perspective... What is "enough" training?
IMO, one can't have enough training when the wolves come calling.
You said that very few people get ANY training beyond the bare minimum "Concealed Carry Class." And I'd bet dollars to donuts you (or whoever "estimated") are right about that. I have no doubts. Even 1% may be generous / optimistic.
SO... If a gun owner / carrier takes one more class beyond the CCW class.... or four private sessions with a pistol instructor.... Is that enough to spring them from the "prison of Brownie's consternation?"
First, It's not consternation. Second, one should attempt to be all they can be in any endeavor they may venture into.
Are they OK at that point, in your eyes? Or do they have to take more? Two classes? Ten classes? Yearly classes?
Well, lets address that for a minute. I know people who've attended my Fof courses with multiple front sight press school [ many top tier in the US ] who died in every scenario they were put through. So it's not so much the number of courses they've taken, but the direct relationship between what skills they've acquired through those schools and the reality of the street. Some courses will make you a superstar in their eyes, but that superstar status is a hard pill to swallow when you're arse just got killed multiple times in various Fof scneario's because you're a one trick pony [ front sight press ]. And there's part of the crux of it Racer, people believe they'll acquit themselves at least at a level of "well" with little to no formal training on the streets, but Fof is an ego deflator of the highest magnitude.
I'll go one better by stating that anyone whose been through a threat focused pistol course anywhere [ and thus has multiple skills at their disposal ] will always fair better than a formally trained only FSP shooter. And FSP trained are likely 90-99% of people who have any training at all to begin with in the US. Not because that's what I taught others, but because what I've taught others was taught to me long ago and those skills stood me well in meat grinders. I know for a fact, if I'd not had the skills gifted to me I had, I'd have died long ago in one of those meat grinders.
Some may read this and believe I'm just hawking wares of the pistol skills, nothing could be further from the truth. I no longer train people, I'm retired, so people are more than welcome to take the above with a grain of salt or a voice of experience.
We have a former Fla. trooper here who worked for over 20 years with that agency. One of the best FSP shooters I've run around where repeated accuracy is concerned. The first lunch break of the first day of his first pistol course, he walked up to me and basically said he thought he was good to go all those years on the streets and in just 3 hours was convinced what he'd been trained in all those years was a waste of time where it came to not growing cold forever. There's hundreds of these people out there who've discovered exactly the same after taking a threat focused course of fire.
At what point is a gun person considered "respectable" in your eyes?
Well, that's a hard question to answer. I ran in some very well heeled circles where respect was earned through ones experiences and of course, the outcomes. In fact, if you didn't have combat experience, no matter who good you were, they weren't interested in putting you into the lineup. It's really not a matter of my respect or lack thereof of any person here or on other boards. I can tell you this though, one gains much respect from me when they've shown any kind of interest in improving themselves and sought out some training.
And is it a reasonable expectation?