I took the last 2 days off from writing because I have found that blogging is very hard to do. My family laughs at me for doing this and I have gotten emails from people who have enjoyed my ramblings on last week. I just wish the animals were out more or the plants were blooming so I could post some beautiful pictures of our beautiful river valley coming alive. Spring is probably one of the neatest times of year here in the valley.
We had snow over the weekend but just a light dusting. As I stepped outside to snap this picture I could still hear the geese just “talking” away.
Snowing along the river.
With all of that said I have decided to blog today on a controversial subject, guns or more specifically gun safety. I am not writing this to spark a controversy; I am writing this as my opinion and only my opinion. I am not trying to force my opinion on anyone, I am just writing about my own opinion on gun safety.
Guns, gun control, gun rights, legal guns and illegal guns where does the list end, I have no idea. I am new into even reading about all of this stuff. My father always hunted rabbits when I was a kid, George, my husband, has always had shot guns and hand guns, Scott, my son in law, is a former sheriff’s deputy, so he has had extensive training in guns and has always owned guns. George’s family lives in Missouri and they are huge gun people. I never paid attention to any of it, any of the guns or the gun talk.
The only time I had ever shot a gun was 2 summers ago Scott showed me how to shoot a riffle. I shot it twice and said that is it. I wanted nothing to do with them! Guns scared me plain and simple, until about a month ago.
Driving home by myself, 1100 miles from Florida, gives you lots of time to think and you think about everything under the sun. Guns did not come across the tickertape of my brain until I was stuck in a truck stop outside of Knoxville Tennessee with a blown tire on the 42’ 5th wheel I was pulling back to Ohio.
Truck stops are strange places. They are really strange places when you are a woman by yourself with your 3# Chihuahua as your only protection. Now rest assured if all I had to do was talk to protect myself, I could talk myself into a lot of protection, but I was in a truck stop on a Friday night by myself and I really don’t think if I had needed to protect myself, I could have talked my way out of it. I decided I really should know some kind of self-defense. So I drove the rest of the way home digging deep down in the gut of my thoughts about guns and self defense. So the way I usually do things is I go out and buy something before I learn about it, I went out and bought a gun.
Scott met me at Fin Feather and Fur in Ashland. George had no idea; all he knew was that I hated guns. I bought a pretty pink and black 9mm Ruger and brought it home. Now what do I do with it, I am scared to death of guns. I need to take a class. A beginner class, a REAL beginner class before I even think about taking my CCW or whether I will ever shoot the thing or not.
Everyone has opinions about taking a class, “oh this one does this” and “this one does that to get your CCW”. But wait, I need to learn from the beginning the real beginning, before I even think about a CCW, so I started doing my own research about training classes.
Wait, we had campers who started their own training company. What is the name of their company? Oh the joys of Facebook! I looked up Jason and Valerie Booth’s company’s name on Facebook, Dual Action Tactics, Wooster Ohio. I knew from Facebook Valerie does different shoots for women only, let’s see what they offer.
Woman’s Firearms 101 March 23 2013 2-6p.m.
How to assemble, disassemble, and clean your firearm.
The components of multiple weapons & various ammo types.
Basic gun safety.
Rules and best practices in home defense.
Malfunction types and how to clear your weapon.
Developing a personalized home defense plan.
Be ready with your questions! Learn what they don’t teach you in a concealed carry class
This is exactly what I need. Then in the Sunday Wooster’s Newspaper is an article about Dual Action Tactics and their story. After reading their story, I knew these are the people I want to learn from!
Right, wrong or indifferent we all need to know gun safety. Guns have been a part of our world since the Chinese invented gun powder in the 9th century. No matter what our political leaders want to do about guns and gun control, there are going to be guns around legally and illegally till the end of time.
But I am going to be educated about guns and gun safety whether I ever shoot my pretty pink Ruger again or not.