We live in a world where guns are a hugely controversial - mass shootings, murders, violence in our own backyards - but we're a family who believe that arming ourselves is the best way to combat the violence.
An unarmed person is a victim waiting to happen.
So - we like to spend some of our free-time learning to be safe and comfortable around many different kinds of firearms!
There is an indoor range in our (current) town in Maine, but we prefer shooting outside. We bring our own targets, and head out to old gravel pits.
Two of our sisters came with us, so we took turns firing each other's guns to get the hang of different calibers and styles. Everyone's favorite is was definitely our AR-15.
The photo on the left is the hill with targets (from many different shooters) - the right is where we were shooting from.
Since guns are such a sensitive topic we do talk about them a lot. As (obviously) we are an armed household we need to make sure we are all on the same page as to what that means.
Ignorance: lack of knowledge or information.
"he acted in ignorance of basic procedures"
synonyms:incomprehension of, unawareness of, unconsciousness of, unfamiliarity with, inexperience with, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about;
Ignorance = danger. In my opinion....so we practice.
Thanks, Dave, for taking a few photos of me!
This is what happens when you shoot targets meant for pellet guns or 22's with a .223. Oops!
Our fingers were all starting to freeze at this point (the sun was going down and it only hit about 29 degrees today) so we decided it'd be a good idea to finish up. We all took turns with the 22, and then the girls shot my .40 for the first time!
Elysia & I looking snazzy in our awesome safety glasses and earplugs (or headphones)
So, my final thought on firearms - they exist, so I want to own them and feel comfortable with them. I'd rather the entire public be armed then only the bad guys (who are going to find them anyway, let's face it). I'd even go so far as to say I think firearm safety should be taught in school....but I also think we should teach personal finance in school (imagine that, teach kids how to actually survive?! no way) and that's years away...so for now I'll just train myself and my family.
Cheers, and safe shooting. <3
Dreamer, decorator, wife, business owner, personal fitness trainer. 20-something.