posted on Jan, 13 2018 @ 08:55 PM
"To me at least it seems the biggest problem is the anti-gun people don't know these things."
It *is* due to ignorance in most cases. I acknowledge the fact that there are people who've been victims of gun violence and feel that firearms are
too dangerous in the hands of citizens. But the same can be said for negligent, irresponsible and criminal use of automobiles.
I've lost count of how many 'non-gun' people that have become real firearms enthusiasts after I've taken them to the range.
There have been a few adamantly anti-gun people who--as we were leaving the range--asked me what I thought might be a good pistol or rifle for them to
learn on. They enjoyed it *that much*. And in every case of taking a non-gun person to the range (several hundred over many years), none of them
disliked it. They had fun. None said they felt it was dangerous. Most asked, "when can we come back?"
Ignorance of firearms leads many people to believe a pistol is like a rattlesnake; that it will jump up and kill you with no provocation. Everything
they know about firearms came from movies, TV, books, the news, and shoot-em-up computer games. A person with little or no hands-on experience
disqualifies them from speaking intelligently about firearms.
Poking holes in paper targets and ringing steel plates is a lot of fun. It's challenging, and it's a skill that a person can really improve with
practice. It can be done in complete safety, too, with good instruction and supervision. It's a wonderful thing to do as a family. Knowing how to
safely operate a firearm, practicing at the range, and competing in shooting sports is fairly unique among recreations and hobbies. The only
equivalent I can think of is swimming--in that it presents twofold benefits:
1. It's a whole lot of fun when done responsibly and safely, and a skill that's challenging and improves with practice.
2. It's a skill that just might save your life or the life of another person.
You cannot say the same for stamp collecting.