Do we need gun control or gun education?
Today many would ban guns. I’ve included pics of me shooting my Pop’s “rabbit gun,” a 22 rifle, to underscore my point. For me, education about guns began when I was a toddler. I playfully pointed a toy gun at someone and my Dad’s hunting partner sternly said, “Never point a gun at a person or yourself!” Pop began educating me about guns at about age 4. Lessons included, how to walk with someone who has a gun. How to hold a gun, how to get through brush or fence when carrying a gun. How to stay out of a gun carrier’s line of sight if attacked by bear or cougar. At age 5, Pop began teaching me to shoot a gun. The phots on this page show how carefully he watched me when I had a gun in my hands. My sharp shooting lessons continued thru age 10 or 12. Then he made a bet with me. If I could hit a tin can, 4 out of 5 times, at a distance of 200 paces, I could have his rabbit gun. The first shots hit dead center. I missed the 5th. Pop never made that bet with me again, and his shooting lessons ended. I never liked the idea of shooting critters so I never hunted. Today I feel more secure knowing that in a pinch, I could defend myself, or bag a critter for food. Today I hear lots of “ban guns,” but few if any offering the kind of teaching about guns that my Dad provided to me. Laws are for law abiding citizens. Criminals don’t abide by the rules and will continue to find ways to get guns illegally. We require driver education for anyone who drives a car. Why can’t we require gun education for everyone who owns a gun? And yes, that education should include, “Never point a gun at another person, or yourself!”