My husband, Mister, and I entered the shooting range and the ratta-tat-tat of the gunfire was intoxicating. Terrifying, but otherwise exciting. Scratch that, we didn’t even have to enter, we heard it in the parking lot.
I think I had some fun, but I’m not entirely sure. Now, I don’t want this to be a gun control debate but I am firmly planted on the side of gun control which is kind of the reason I wanted to go try the range. I have a fear of guns and their power, but once you hold them and understand them the fear should go away. In theory.
In actuality, I was still afraid throughout the next day.
Now I just have questions. If you are a gun owner, do you go to the range often to practice? Is it something you figure out once and know forever like breathing? Were you scared the first time you held a weapon? Just curious. No judgement. My new fear now is about gun owners (when I’m travelling south, not here) not understanding the control of their weapon and making a mistake that could put themselves or other innocent people at risk. Is that a fear that you have too?
Now I just fear vans running amuck on the sidewalks because that happened to me once. It was a driver who was not trying to hurt anyone but I believe had a heart attack or fell asleep at the wheel. As a Torontonian though, we are all in mourning. #TorontoStrong
Back to the topic at hand… remember, this is not a debate. I really am trying to understand the point of view of a gun owner–for protection, not hunting, because that one I understand. If you don’t go to the range and practice, when you are hunting and miss, the moose will run away. If you don’t go to the range and practice if you have a weapon in your purse when you need to use it, is it potentially adding more stress because missing might be fatal? Talk to me.
Oh, and check out my badass shirt with the studs on the shoulders. I may have been scared, but I looked the part of being not scared.
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