posted on Aug, 28 2011 @ 09:37 AM
I can back up the Op with my own childhood. My father was a gun collector, so was my grandfather. When my grandmother passed away, we moved in with my
grandfather, I was very young at this point, like 4 or 5. So i was exposed to lots of different types of guns from a very early age. I was also taught
from that early age what a gun was. I remember the first time i was caught looking too closely at a gun, my father took me to the back yard, and he
had his .44 magnum. He sat up a watermelon on top of a fence post and explained to me...guns are dangerous, you have to be careful with them, they are
a tool, but can injure and kill. He of course went more in depth and turned it into a long lesson, then he fired at the watermelon to demonstrate.
From that moment on, I never got too close to any gun in the house unless supervised by my father or grandfather. One year later i was given a 4-10
shotgun and .22 rifle for christmas. I agree the fascination is largely due to a lack of education. The fears are unfounded, you would be shocked at
how many people I have met that have this insane belief that guns just go off all by themselves. Never fear the guns, always respect them, but never
fear them. It's the idiot holding the gun you should fear. Yes, before you ask, I do carry concealed. Everywhere I go i have a firearm. I look at no
different then I do a pocket knife, or a socket set. It is a tool to accomplish a specific job.