You might be thinking to yourself what do guns and life lessons have to do with one another ? Let me explain!
This past weekend I shot a gun for the very first time! In Montana I didn’t know it was so easy to purchase a gun. The process from start to finish maybe took about 20 minutes and one piece of paperwork. Let me tell you coming from New Jersey and seeing that SHOCKED the hell out of me. I’m thinking to myself : What in the actual fuck? How is it this easy here and not back where I’m originally from. I don’t know much about guns but my personal opinion on owning a firearm, I think every sane and nonviolent person should be able to own a gun to protect themselves and their family. And if you don’t like my opinion then that’s your problem.
Montana Gun Laws
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION – Article 2, Section 12.
“The right of any person to keep or bear arms in defense of his own home, person, and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall not be called in question, but nothing herein contained shall be held to permit the carrying of concealed weapons.”
New Jersey Gun Laws
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION – No Constitutional Provision on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. However, the New Jersey Constitution, Art. 1, § 1, does guarantee certain “unalienable” rights, including “defending life,” “protecting property,” and “pursuing and obtaining safety.”
So I shot a gun for the very first time and I was terrified. Actually terrified is not even the word if I’m being honest about it. I was excited up until the point where I was about to shoot and my body just flipped a switch and said be terrified and fearful right now. I thought I was going to shoot my eye out ( haha! yes make your ralphie jokes) or have some hardcore recoil.
I have wanted to learn how to shoot a gun for a very long time. The reasoning behind it initially: it looked cool and fun but as I grew older I realized it was because I wanted to protect myself and one day I might have to eventually hunt for my own food. (Sorry, not sorry vegans) I wanted to learn how to be self reliant as in providing for myself whether its with hunting/fishing or creating my own garden. Anyway, lets not get too off topic with that because I could go on for awhile about it. Maybe I will make that a separate blog post because it is on my bucket list. Hmmm speaking of bucket lists, shooting a gun was on my list. So I can check that off !
Once I got over my fear and have the person teaching me pull the trigger for me because I was being chicken shit about it but can you blame me though since it was my first time holding a gun or being surprised by how loud it is when it goes off, so I got over my fear after the first two shots. After every shot I started to feel this intense adrenaline rush, I felt such power in it. Its a feeling I cant describe in words. You can to experience it for yourself. I was always excited about the thought of it but after actually doing it, I FRIGGIN love it so much. I’m so glad I was able to get over my fear. ( with help of course ) You know what? Shooting a gun makes me feel strong and powerful.
Come to find out I’m not a bad shot for a beginner and I’ll take that. I surprised myself by actually hitting the target and not just the ground. I didn’t hit the bull’s-eye but I got pretty damn close. There is also a lot of safety that goes into it.
The more time I think about guns and learning how to shoot properly, I realize more and more that I’m learning new things about myself. That I can do things I think I can’t. Moral of this story: do shit that scares you, you will not regret it.