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  •  Although I seldom vouch for this, I will today (5+ / 0-)
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    I understand that these days, it can be difficult to get this point across that shooting and target practice can be fun.
    Target shooting includes the same sense of accomplishment that any other endeavor does, when you are striving for mastery, and when you are measuring yourself against your own personal best.

    E.g. runners know what their average pace is, and know without measuring when they are at the top of their game.

    And yogis, likewise, know when an asana that has challenged them finally gives way to determined and patient practice and they breakthrough to achieve perfect form and balance.

    Imagine this - being extremely comfortable and calm in your focus as you hold a rifle with your nose resting on a part of it, right behind the sites, which are the little posts or loop you look through to aim. On the M16, it's called the charging handle. You place your nose on the charging handle when you look through the sites. Your cheek is resting on the stock. The butt is firmly pressed back against your shoulder.

    In order to put 3 consecutive shots inside a quarter you need to do all of the following:
    1) aim,
    2) exhale and then pause your breathing for a moment,
    and then
    3) squeeze the trigger in such a way that the explosion surprises you.
    and you need to do them in such a way that your nose never leaves the charging handle.

    If you do you will be able to put 3 consecutive bullets inside a quarter. With practice a sharpshooter develops muscle memory for the precise way that they, specifically, hold the weapon and how they aim and does so consistently, that they know how to adjust in order to hit their target in different conditions.

    If that's still seems weird, think of the way a golfer gets to know their own grip and how to adjust their swing in different conditions.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:03:17 PM PDT

    •  I thought it worth mentioning (6+ / 0-)

      while not making it the focus of the diary. On a day full of gun violence, pretty much every day,'s hard for me to be very sympathetic, when my pastimes don't contribute to the suffering and death the way gun enthusiasm and the NRA does.

      I'm aware of the objections, I expect them. But my freedom to tell stories and play games doesn't result in people dying in the way that unfettered gun rights and proliferation do.

      We demanded a plan to reduce gun violence. Now it's time to demand a vote.

      by tytalus on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:22:17 PM PDT

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      •  I'm trying to find (at least occasionally) (3+ / 0-)
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        common language to demystify what was second nature to me, since I grew up with it.

        Fear is the barrier, and where I can translate, I sometimes try to do so.

        But don't mistake me, I'm fast on my way to becoming a gun safety advocate. For all the reasons that are so abundantly clear long term change is needed and is going to come.

        I have shifted since Newtown.

        One thing that horrified me was when I read about unlicensed shooting ranges in, of all places, Newtown, and how the town had tried to pass some ordinances and couldn't come to agreement (in part because only the gun rights folks showed up).

        I have wondered why no one heard 4 gunshots about 9 AM in a quiet residential neighborhood. Or if someone had heard them why they weren't reported to the police. Was it because the sound of gunfire in a residential area wasn't that out of the ordinary?

        Gunfire in a residential zone should never become "normalized." It should remain a signal that people recognize - time to call the police.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:46:55 PM PDT

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