What About Guns Part Two of Two

(Continued from Part One)

Accidental shootings involving children, random shootings and mass killings make me second guess my right to own a gun. I would say that I consider it more a privilege than the right most Texans claim to have. With the privilege comes serious responsibility and I respect that responsibility. In my opinion, there is no reason for “Joe Citizen” to own or use any type of assault weapon. I have had the opportunity to shoot an AR-15 and yes it was fun but I questioned the owner’s right and the wisdom of such ownership. (Yes, I know that an AR-15 is not considered an assault rifle by gun enthusiasts but it’s pretty powerful to me).

I knew a policeman who laid his gun on a table and fell asleep. He woke up to his 2 year old son holding his gun to his head and saying, “Bang Daddy”. What he was thinking to have laid that gun on the table, I don’t know but I have a feeling that alcohol was involved. If a person whose job it is to always be armed and ready can make such a mistake, what of those who want a gun because it is cool?

When I see all this fighting over the “right to bear arms”, I am reminded that a man’s gun has been referred to as an extension of his manhood. I know that is a sexist remark yet living in Texas, you grow up knowing about men and their guns. I do understand that women are also fighting for their right to bear arms.

I don’t think anyone has a “right” to bear arms. I think everyone should have to qualify and be licensed to buy a gun. By qualify, I mean taking gun safety and use classes and show at least a modicum of ability to hit a target. I had to be taught true gun respect such as keeping it in good working condition, how to handle it when not shooting at a target, to properly load my gun, safely clear a jam, shoot at a moving target, shoot while in motion  and much more.

In order to prove my point, I will tell you that I scared my instructors more than once by not paying closer attention to where my gun was pointed while not in use. They got frustrated by my lack of progress and were puzzled as to whether I was just nervous or couldn’t understand the principles. As it turns out, I just had to practice at a gun range with no pressure and I had an “aha” moment where I figured out that I was not properly executing my grip.

We are members of Texas Law Shield, LLP. They are somewhat of a legal assurance  company for gun owners. We carry a card that has a statement to law enforcement officers stating your rights as a gun owner according to the U.S. Constitution and that any questioning must be suspended until their attorneys are present.

What About Guns Part One of Two

I have to admit that I own a handgun and have a license to carry a concealed weapon. So many people living in Colorado have come from Texas that most people I meet are from or have lived there. Recently, I attended a barbecue for several neighborhood couples and we took a count and everyone from Texas had their Concealed Handgun License (CPL).

I do not carry my gun with me though there have been times that it would have been wise. It has only been used at a shooting range and Gun Safety and Use classes. It was purchased to use for protection though I still wonder if I could actually remember how to shoot it in a dangerous situation. Would panic or anxiety cause my mind to go blank? My husband carried his gun for protection due to the nature of his work. His workplace is often in the news for being robbed and he was personally at risk. We practice shooting and took classes to learn about safety and to work on our skills.

I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t enjoy target practice. Shooting was never something I aspired to but given the opportunity to own one and learn to shoot, I have no regrets. That being said, if everyone who had a gun in their hands was like me and/or my husband, I wouldn’t be writing this post.

It is daunting to know that you have in your home, in your possession or in your hand an object that is used to kill. The old adage, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people!” Well, my adage is, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people with guns!” We practice safe storage and use safety precaution to protect our grandchildren and others.

Continued Part Two