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  •  Get them while they are young (10+ / 0-)

    There is an NRA Youth Magazine. It had an issue with an article on how to build a home indoor shooting range. Kind of like when you built a tent with blankets and furniture as a kid only really insane.  Not an Onion spoof.

    •  I was taught to shoot as a kid, (10+ / 0-)

      with 22,

      with lots of adults supervision,

      and with a constant focus on safety.

      Can't say I enjoyed it much, the noise, the smoke, the recoil.

      It was in preparation for Hunting,
      somewhat of a midwestern tradition in our family.

      Can't say I enjoyed that much either.  Hunting for deer.

      Sooner or later were going to have to: Trade in those Carbon Footprints ...

      by jamess on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:55:38 PM PDT

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      •  jamess I was taught to shoot (2+ / 0-)
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        with lots of adult supervision, as well ... on a military range. I must say I actually enjoy the noise, smoke and recoil (such as that was) of firing all manner of weaponry.

        I do agree there needs to be mandatory safety training behind each license issued and that I don't see me as a vegetarian getting much pleasure out of hunting deer, although I've often said that if I ever broke my 50+ year no-meat streak I'd likely start with venison.

        •  Safety training is a must. (5+ / 0-)

          "never point a gun -- loaded or not -- at another person."

          "always keep the safety on."

          "never store or transport a gun loaded."

          I eventually "graduated" to a 35 (?) handgun, and they even let me try the 45 magnum, as I got older.

          It was those higher gauges that stay lodged in my memory -- as unpleasant. The 22 was OK comparatively.

          I cannot imagine having been handed an Uzi -- the 45 kicked so hard it almost hit me in the forehead (that was with both hands and arms "locked tight.")

          I don't have a problem with "subsistence hunting" -- in a licensed and regulated manner.

          Sooner or later were going to have to: Trade in those Carbon Footprints ...

          by jamess on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 10:35:33 PM PDT

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          •  I was taught to shoot as an older kid (5+ / 0-)

            My dad took out his gun only once per year, and that was for deer hunting (it was one variety of meat for the freezer; they also raised a pig or two and a bunch of chickens that were butchered each fall for winter food).

            The day before hunting he cleaned it and sighted it in on a target.  That's when my (younger) bro and I could take turns shooting one or two rounds.  I hit the bull's eye, so didn't think it was a big deal.  (Many years later when I tied for first place using a borrowed .38 S&W pistol only four days after shooting it for the first time one of my co-workers said I was a "natural shot" like his wife.  I had no idea what that meant, but later I qualified master or expert at every qualification, left and right hand.  If I point at something, I hit it.  I do NOT own a gun, don't like them because of the noise, but I do know how to use both a rifle and a pistol.  I never did do any hunting with a gun, but I did some driving at one point when I was a teen, but I didn't carry a gun.)  Dad was far more strict about gun safety than the NRA instructor at school (this was in the late '50s early '60s).

            After Dad got his deer first or second morning of hunting season, he cleaned his rifle again and locked it back in the gun cabinet for another year.  Out of sight, out of mind.  We all knew where the key for the gun cabinet was, but since none in my family were gun nuts and respected guns as a utilitarian piece of equipment only to be used to kill one deer each fall, maybe go duck or pheasant hunting (rarely), or to kill a skunk or a raccoon if it became a nuisance in the garden, the guns stayed put..., out of sight, out of mind.

            I do not understand the modern fascination with guns, particularly the variety of guns that were invented only to kill the most amount of people in the shortest amount of time (Uzi and those sorts of guns).  And they ARE designed to kill people.  No self-respecting hunter of animals for food would use something that would make so much meat un-usable from being shot with a high-powered people-killer.  (Back to my dad's example: he only shot the deer if he could see the animal clearly and make a clean kill to the head or heart.  Otherwise he didn't shoot.  He didn't want to injure a deer and have it run off and suffer before dying.  What I said: my dad was very strict about guns and shooting.)

            I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

            by NonnyO on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 04:33:28 AM PDT

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