Guns are not something that I think about very often. I grew up in a family sans guns; my parents didn't own any, none of us hunt, and - with the exception of the odd SuperSoaker - my siblings and I weren't allowed to have toy guns as kids. As a result, I find myself very much removed from conversations about gun control and the right to bear arms. Guns are foreign to me; make-believe, almost.
All of that changed last week when my good friend Shannon celebrated her 31st birthday. For years, Shan has been saying that she wanted to try shooting a gun. So, while I have zero interest in guns, I thought that shooting a gun would be a cool birthday experience for my old pal.
Janet and I blindfolded Shan (because suspense) and drove to Shooter's Choice for an hour-long shooting lesson and range session. (Incidentally, Shooter's Choice was also the site of this party.).
I thought I might shoot as well, but once I held a gun (so heavy!), saw the bullets, and heard the deafening noise, I decided it wasn't for me - I'm a lover, not a fighter. Luckily, Shan is a fighter and did so well that she feels fully confident in her ability to survive a zombie apocalypse. And that, perhaps, is the greatest gift of all...
While I was going through the photos from the evening, I realized that I've seen kids' books for all kinds of safety (water safety, stranger danger, kitchen skills, basic first aid, etc.), but never anything about gun safety. A search through Amazon yielded mostly bizarre results like this and this. So, I'm wondering: are you gun people? How do you teach your kids about guns? What was the gun culture in your house?
P.S. An interesting article about The Secret History of Guns.
P.P.S. How proud are you that I didn't make a *single* joke about "the gun show" in this post...
(Book cover via Amazon)