All of my life I’ve had a fascination with guns. I used to follow my uncles to the range and sit there with sheer fascination. Every time
a gun would go off, it would send goosebumps through my body. Back then, I knew when I got older I wanted a job where I’d be able to use weapons, responsibly. I think I was the only little girl who had dreams of being a detective or sharp shooter. Go figure. Instead of Barbie dolls, I had G.I. Joe toys and toy guns. I never bothered to play with my younger sisters, but my younger brother and I got along because we were always playing cops & robbers or some sort of make believe army game.
Fast forward 20-something years later.
No, I’m not in Law Enforcement or the military, but I still have a secret love of weapons. Only a few people in my family know about it, I hardly ever mention it to friends. One of my best friends in the area is on the SWAT Team for the Secret Service and when he found out about my shooting skills a few years ago, he couldn’t believe it. I happened to tag along with him to target practice one day, and asked if I could give it a ‘try’, unbeknownst to him I wasn’t an amateur.
From that day on, I’ve had a new range partner. On my 30th birthday he gave me and nice shiney new toy (pictured above). Needless to say, minus the day I gave birth to my son, that was one of the most happiest days of my life.
There is always going to be the argument over the right to bear arms. What people fail to realize is that a gun is an inanimate object. It’s the person behind the gun that pulls the trigger to kill someone. If the gun is just laying there, chances are it’s not going to cause any one harm.
For the record, I am not a member of the NRA. Just a responsible and licensed gun owner. Most people who are licensed gun owners don’t even own one out of the sheer aspect of possibly shooting a would be intruder, but for the sport of it. Chances are, if I owned a motorcycle, the chances of me killing myself or someone else with it is greater.
Of course there are criminals out there with access to fire arms. But, there are also the criminals masquerading around in police uniforms who have access to them as well. I’m not sure which is the lesser evil. But if there’s a chance that I can protect myself from either of them, I’m willing to take it.