Lot of truth to that, seen it first hand more than once.I agree. Though I don't think it's ever too late to improve things go forward, even if all you're doing is keeping them from getting worse.
Further, I think those on this form, and by that I mean hunters, have a huge gun blind spot, education.
There likely isn't a member on this forum who hasn't passed 1 if not multiple hunter's ed courses. Those all teach basic firearm handling.
Realty check a HUGE portion of firearm owners in the US never do that. I think most folks here have a trajectory with firearms that goes something like this... grew up with guns, learned to hunt, maybe served in the military, hunted as an adult, at some point purchased a hand gun or an AR. AR either for personal defense or for predator hunting.
The largest group of first time gun purchasers are buying hand guns then ARs, they are never taking hunters Ed or any type of training.
Go back and look at some of the online hunter's ed discussion on the forum, some folks thought it absurd that during Covid you didn't have to do the field day portion.
Ok so adult onset hunter Joe needs to do firearms training to hunt elk, but Chad doesn't to "defend his home" with an AR? We aren't even going to make sure it knows how to load his firearm properly. No explanation of the castle doctrine or stand your ground laws?