posted on Sep, 28 2010 @ 10:12 AM
reply to post by 2weird2live2rare2die
I am sorry, but I just do not agree.
Yes, I am a European chappie and am English to boot and proud of it. To blandly say that we Europeans don't get to shoot much because of where we
live is, not strictly speaking true. In the Dis-United Kingdom, we have some of the worst Draconian gun laws found anywhere in the world as a direct
result of certain gun nutters who went on a rampage (a much nicer word than killing spree!
), the ownership of any type of firearms for members
of the public to shoot is strictly controlled and in some cases, rightly so.
Saying that where you live has a direct bearing on how well or how poorly one can shoot is, in my opinion, balderdash!
It simply does not
matter where you were born, how you were brought up or whether or not you have been using a firearm since the day you first sat on the potty!
Given a blank canvas, can an artist paint a picture? Of course so.
When I first joined Her Majesty's Armed Forces, using a firearm of any type, did not come naturally to me. My first practice session on a military
range in 1960something, involved shooting an old SMLE 303! Messers Lee and Enfield's rifle was very unforgiving at the best of times and even more so
with untrained recruits.
That my friends, is why I refer to a blank canvas. Military recruits are blank canvases - they are taught to shine boots and shoes; how to iron and
clean their clothing; they are taught how to care for their equipment. Above all, they are taught to shoot a rifle for their job is to kill the enemy
and the rifle is the tool of their trade. Anybody can be taught to shoot and, in my 30 years experience, I have not seen any evidence to the contrary.