Thursday, December 14

How to Shoot a Gun

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I am 34 years old and have never shot a gun in my life.  I never even shot a pellet or bee bee gun when I was a teen.  In fact, I’ve always been scared to death of them and never wanted them in my home.

  I still feel it is unsafe to have one anywhere inside a house where children live.  The people that are going to argue and say it’s safe if it’s locked up or the gun and bullets are in different places.  Well, I hear all the time about kids that snoop in their parents’ room and end up getting shot or shooting someone else on accident. 

 My dad was a hunting enthusiast of sorts.  He hunted deer, rabbit, geese, squirrel, ducks, and I’m sure there’s more that I just don’t remember.  He was one of those creepy people that hang not just the antlers of a deer on their wall, but the whole stuffed head.  He had about three of those, a stuffed squirrel and a really big fish his father caught long ago.  I just always felt it was not normal and very strange. 

 My point here is he kept his guns locked in a gun case in the living room.  It was made of oak and had a glass front.  If I had been a kid with a behavior problem, like one of my friends that wanted to break the glass to take the guns, it would not have been pretty.  Although I can remember him telling me there were no bullets in that case, if I wanted to I could have found them.  You know, now that I look back on it, I talked to him at least a few times that I can remember about those guns, but never about the stuffed game on the walls.  That was because the game couldn’t kill anyone, they were dead. 

 I have come to a point in my life where I have the desire to learn to shoot a gun.  I’ve had this semi-obsession for about a year now.  I don’t want to own a gun, and it’s not for protection.  I know it would be so exhilerating and get rid of a lot of stress I have on a daily basis.  So, in a few days I will be going to a friend’s country home to learn.  I guess we’ll see if I’m right about the need to do this.  I will let you all know.


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