Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I shot a gun today

It was my first time. Let me just say, it gives me a new respect for police officers.

I should probably start by saying that I did this in a shooting range under very controlled, safe conditions. I don't really like the idea of guns outside of such conditions, such as in homes or criminals' hands, but for some reason I didn't really mind being around them at the shooting range.

I was nervous the first time I shot the thing. I didn't really know what to expect. I've never even been near a gun that was being shot before today. I also learned that it is way harder to aim a real gun vs. a toy, because it has some real kickback -- although I got pretty good by the end of the hour. Movies do not do gunfire justice.

Overall I'd say I had a really good time, and I definitely have a lot more respect for the killing power of a gun.

And if you've read this far, here is the humor part: While we were checking out, there was a family at the counter next to us. It was a (large) dad, a mom, and a really pretty (probably 17 or 18 year old) girl. The mom was checking out "lady guns". After picking one up she liked, she handed it to her daughter who remarked that it was "cute". Then the daughter handed it to her dad, who promptly put it down and said, "Great, I've touched a girly gun. Now I have to go home and drink beer and watch porn so I can be a man again." Needless to say, his daughter was embarrassed by this remark.