Ice Cold

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So we went out target shooting in the forest. This is a photo of the first time I fired a gun. It was fun…and cold! The outside temperature in the forest was 20 degrees fahrenheit. I had light gloves on, but my fingers became numb quickly, which didn’t impact my ability to fire the gun, but did make it hard to reload the magazine.

I can see why people like to shoot at targets, like a sport. I imagine you can get really good if you practice a lot. Shooting at wildlife? I think that would take training, or in my case, a different type of personality. I can’t imagine shooting a gun at a living creature, well, unless it was trying to attack me. But then it’s not like I’m going to be carrying a gun around everywhere in anticipation of that type of scenario.

And I wonder if a gun would be a good form of personal protection from crime, at least for me. I have a burglar alarm at my house that calls the security company if someone breaks in. After my experience today it made me think what I would do if I had a gun in the house and someone did break in. I wouldn’t know if they were armed but would assume they were up to no good. I guess that’s where the phrase “shoot first and ask questions later” comes from. It’s a conundrum, for sure.

I’m going to think long and hard before any decision to buy my own. It would be fun to go to the firing range, but I think there’s a lot of anxiety that flows from the responsibility of gun ownership.