Can you imagine being a Drill instructor putting a rifle in the hands for the first time with some of these young people. Uggg!Yes, the majority of people are not very aware of their surroundings. I also believe that situational awareness deteriorates as people age.
For me, I am always surveying my surroundings. I feel weird doing it because, as I survey, it's clear that I'm usually the only doing it.
I took my sons to the gun range last weekend. My senses are especially heightened at a range because you never know what kind of yahoo is going to walk up or how their gun-safety skills are. Anyway, a young man, maybe 17-20 years old walked up. Lightweight trench coat. Kind of a disheveled look in general. I don't like to judge by appearance, but he just had this weird look in his eyes, hard to explain. He seemed really uncertain of himself, almost jittery, while setting up his guns and sorting out his ammo. He somehow managed to knock his several thousand dollar long-range rifle off his rest, it bounced off the table and almost fell on the ground. I was on edge the whole time next to this dude, something just seemed off.