I'm the bird flu preparedness coordinator for our family. I'm much more comfortable with planning for our food/water/medical needs than planning for safety and protection. I'm old enough to remember my mother, brother and sisters down at the local firing range learning how to shoot BB guns (with the plan on moving up to *real* guns) during the Cuban missle crisis. We never made it up to the next step so while I do have family members that hunt, none of us are familar with handguns. I think we need some basic training before we apply for a permit but after reading some posts on this list, it seems it could be months before we actually get the permit, so we should apply first? What resources are out there for training and also for gun selection? I apologize if this is not the type of thing ya'll can address on this list and would be most appreciative if you could point me in the right direction. Thanks!