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Guns, Motorcycles, and Scary Things

No GunsIf you have children (we have six), you know how every waking moment can be consumed just trying to keep them alive — especially when they are toddlers. And teens.

Because of that I don’t like dangerous things. I don’t like swimming pools, rivers, lakes, beaches, guns, motorcycles, fast cars, jarts, high places, poisons, hot things, sharp things, things the exact shape of throat openings…you get my point. (My dull, carefully sanded and smoothed point.)

Watching the progressive movement in our country led us to decide to finally get a gun. In spite of my trepidation, I gave Sam a certificate for a gun for his last birthday. Last month, he cashed that in.

Sam grew up with guns. He’s not a big hunter, but he is a native Wyomingite. Enough said. He’s not remotely afraid of them because he knows how to handle and store them safely. So, once we had the gun at home (locked and secure), Sam arranged to give me some training.

First, he showed me all the parts of the gun, how to load, unload, and store it.

Next, we went to the shooting range. I’m quite proud of my prowess. (I have only been shooting once before, in college I went skeet shooting as part of a “survey of outdoor recreation class.”) Yes, I know my finger is on the trigger! The magazine had been removed. It was a total pose.

There will be more practice and a concealed carry permit class in my future.

I still don’t love guns, but I’m both more concerned (by seeing just how powerful they are) and less (by learning how to use them safely).

So what about all those other dangers? There is nothing in the world like riding a motorbike, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face. It’s like a convertible on steroids. Still, every year I see so many motorcycle deaths. Many because people didn’t know what they were doing and others were victims of the carelessness of automobile drivers and others.

If we were to choose to become motorcycle enthusiasts — like my brother- and sister-in-law — I’d take the same approach we are using for guns. I’d look for the best motorcycle resources, the best motorcycle gear, the best motorcycle training. Then I’d do my homework.

Life is risky. You can die cooking a pie or walking in your yard or taking a bath. If you’re going to choose an activity that has obvious and inherent risk, take reasonable precautions and then enjoy the ride!

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  • Rambo February 19, 2013, 11:05 am

    haha I was going to tell you to get your finger off the trigger. You’re holding it like a liberal! 😉

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