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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:46 AM

Reporter who was afraid of guns takes CC class, learns to shoot.

http://mcalesternews.com/local/x1501154737/Learning-to-use-a-gun-is-serious-business


Learning to use a gun is serious business

By Jeanne LeFlore Staff Writer

McALESTER ó Exhilarating

Thatís the word I would use to describe my first experience a using gun after taking a firearms safety and training class recently.

I have been a gun owner for two years, it was a gift from my husband and to be honest, I was afraid to even touch the gun at first. A fear I over came over time.

But after two years, I knew it was time I learned to carry and to use it. So I took a class.

With the recently enacted Open Carry Law taking affect on Nov. 1, Oklahoma residents a Self Defense Act license can openly carry their firearms in most public places. But before a loaded weapon can be carried, a special license must be obtained.

SNIP (Long description of class)

Overall the class was a great learning experience. I canít wait to get my license and carry my loaded weapon. And I will never forget that firing a deadly weapon is serious business.


Outstanding. She is a rare creature - a reporter who actually investigates the topic of guns instead of blindly repeating Brady & VPC lies.

I hope she will never need to gun for anything but target practice, but if she does need it - she will have it.

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GreenStormCloud Nov 2012 OP
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #1
AnotherMcIntosh Nov 2012 #5
Decoy of Fenris Nov 2012 #6
GreenStormCloud Nov 2012 #7
spin Nov 2012 #8
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #18
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2012 #2
Decoy of Fenris Nov 2012 #3
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2012 #4
petronius Nov 2012 #9
Tuesday Afternoon Nov 2012 #10
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #11
aikoaiko Nov 2012 #12
Simo 1939_1940 Nov 2012 #13
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #17
fightthegoodfightnow Nov 2012 #14
Starboard Tack Nov 2012 #15
tortoise1956 Nov 2012 #20
4th law of robotics Nov 2012 #16
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #19
chibajoe Nov 2012 #21

Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:50 AM

1. Learning to shoot makes you like guns?

Really? Sorry, try again. Been there, done that one.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:38 AM

6. Actually, it did for me.

I was ambivalent until my ex-fiancee brought me shooting. AK-47, .50, 12 gauge, AR-15, I swiftly learned to respect the firearm, and to admire it as well. So consider "Learning to shoot makes you like guns" a success story for me. I love the damned things now, and more importantly, I respect them supremely.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:52 PM

7. Try reading the article again.

Specifically: "I canít wait to get my license and carry my loaded weapon."

That sounds like enthusiasm to me.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:57 PM

8. No, it doesn't MAKE you like guns. ...

However I have taken many people to the range and a high percentage developed an interest in target shooting. Some went on to own a number of firearms and several now have a concealed weapon permits.

The women I introduced to the sport were often somewhat hesitant to try shooting and often had a fear of firearms. Prior to going on the range I would introduce them to the handguns I had brought and I would go over the basics of firearm safety.

The first firearm that I would have them shoot on the range was a .22 caliber target pistol.



This fairly heavy pistol has very little recoil and consequently is a pleasure to shoot. Often when a male introduces a female to shooting he gives her a powerful handgun to try. This obviously is a poor teaching method. I always start a newbie shooter with a .22 caliber handgun regardless of gender. At the end of the first session I let the new shooter try a .38 caliber revolver. Once again this cartridge in a full sized revolver is easy to handle but does have some recoil.

If the shooter showed interest in the shooting sports I would introduce him/her to more powerful handguns in later sessions once he/she had mastered the basics of sight alignment and trigger pull.

I found women far easier to train than men. They don't automatically feel that they inherently know how to shoot and they have not formed misconceptions about shooting from watching far too many action flicks. Most women found shooting "empowering" and would proudly take their targets home to show their friends.

I do not try to encourage a person to buy a firearm. I point out the danger of owning such weapons and the great responsibility involved. However if a person shows interest in the sport I am willing to introduce him to the experience.

Of course some people have formed an inherent dislike of firearms from their experience with those who have misused such weapons in a criminal or careless fashion. I find this understandable. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to change the views of such a person and quite possibly a waste of time.

Participation in the shooting sports can become a rewarding and challenging hobby. If you limit yourself to only a couple of firearms it can be reasonably inexpensive as a well maintained firearm can last a lifetime and shoot thousands and thousands of rounds. Of course, while it is fortunately fairly rare, access to a firearm and the skill to use it may save your life.

Still it should also be pointed out that owning a firearm can lead to tragedy. The decision to have firearms in your home is one that deserves a lot of serious thought.



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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:17 AM

18. No, but it makes it possible to form an educated opinion

 

If someone had never eaten broccoli but swears it tastes terrible how valid is their opinion?

If they try it they may still hate it but at least that's based on real experiences rather than ignorance.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:59 AM

2. can't wait. ?! forgive me but, she sounds overly enthusiastic.

carrying one is serious business let alone Firing One.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:12 AM

3. Say what you will about Controllers, but they got that part right.

A gun -is- a power-bestowing device, and often, people who are unused to having that power may become exhilarated by it. It is much the same in how casinos hook new players; New player wins big, loves the rush, comes back for more, and they can't control themselves. A firearm establishes a position of power, in this case apparently unknown prior to this class, and while I admire the enthusiasm, it must be tempered with wisdom and control, not simply a power-rush.

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Response to Decoy of Fenris (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:19 AM

4. amen.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:56 PM

9. I had the same reaction to that line - hopefully it was just a bit of journalistic excess

born from the glee of mastering a new skill, but while I think it's totally appropriate to be glad of having the right to carry, I'm a bit squicked by anyone who revels in the act of carrying. It's a serious responsibility, as you say.

That said, I definitely applaud her for her open-mindedness, and willingness to examine her preconceived ideas...

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Response to petronius (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:03 PM

10. yes. I give her credit. I kept wondering if it would not look so eager if not boldened . . .

as it is now, It Jumped Out at Me. Learning any new skill is exciting and empowering.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:18 PM

11. Mary Zeiss Stange, who has written extensively about women hunters, explained...

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years ago to her husband why she didn't want to fire a gun: "I'm afraid I might like it."

She did.

Stange, a Professor of Womens Studies at Skidmore, has since written a number of notable books -- Gun Women, Woman the Hunter, Heart Shots among them -- and has hunted extensively (she prefers Sako rifles). Good things happen when you get over your fears.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:25 PM

12. Her experience is why gun restriction expansionists don't want firearm safety taught in schools

Or so I suspect.

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:31 PM

13. I suspect that your suspicions are right on the money.


Much easier to demonize a "mystery object".

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Response to aikoaiko (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:14 AM

17. Easier to maintain irrational fear when coupled with ignorance and unfamiliarity

 

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:34 PM

14. While shaking their hand

Just what we need....

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:29 PM

15. Everyone in this society should learn how to shoot and handle a gun safely.

You never know when you might need one, and target shooting is a lot of fun. Being excited about carrying one around in public is moronic at least and infantile at best. I wish her and those around her well.

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Response to Starboard Tack (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 09:51 PM

20. Absolutely, Tack!

I agree with both parts of your post. I, also, am hoping that her remark was made out of enthusiasm.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:13 AM

16. Since she's a reporter I assume her weapon is a military style automatic machine gun

 

Probably an AK47.

Just kidding.

Good for her for keeping an open mind and actually educating herself.

I wish more in the media were like her.

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Response to 4th law of robotics (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:32 AM

19. "more in the media." The phenomenon is not unusual...

I posted a similar event earlier this year. It's something of a trend in a media which desperately needs new viewers/readers.

Must be a bracing experience after years of anti-gun agitprop.

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Response to GreenStormCloud (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:51 PM

21. Was that article writen by a 12 year old?

I'm glad she enjoyed her experience with learning how to shoot a gun, but perhaps she would be better served by taking a class on english grammar and punctuation.

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