“Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician”. Jeff Cooper has been credited for many gun-related aphorisms such as this. Cooper was a U.S. Marine during World War II, gaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel during the Korean War.
Based on his personal and battlefield experiences, Cooper developed the modern techniques of combat handgun shooting. In 1976 he founded the American Pistol Institute (API) and the Gunsite Academy in 1999. He is the author of “Principles of Personal Defense”, and other classic books.
Here are Jeff Cooper’s widely revered Four Cardinal Rules of Gun Safety: