Handgun Training for MMA Cadets

As most people are fully aware, piracy has become a major issue recently, particularly off the coast of Africa. Numerous merchant vessels have been attacked and hijacked, left vulnerable to these attacks by crews that are at a disadvantage from lack of effective defenses.

Mass Maritime has recognized this problem, and yesterday gave training to 6 cadets, with the help of the Bourne Police Department, in handgun firing. The Cape Cod Times has the full story, which you can find at their web site.

Voice your opinion: should merchant vessels carry firearms on board to defend against pirates? Should this become a required part of licensing? How does this fit into merchant mariner training? Leave your comments below.

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