This weekend was definitely an experience that I will never forget. For the first time in my life I was faced with the challenge of handling a firearm.
With all the buzz in the news of late surrounding firearms and the use of firearms I thought it was time I experienced it for myself and made a real judgement on whether guns kill people or people kill people.
A group of us were escorted by a few members of the South African Defensive Pistol Association to a shooting range in Pretoria North and briefed in detail about all the safety precautions when on a shooting range and when handling a firearm. Once all the instructions and safety gear was given out, I was up first.
We got to shoot a total of 4 different guns, an AR15 (.223 Caliber), Colt .22 Semi-Automatic assault rifle, Benelli M2 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and a Glock 9mm.
For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about, these would be the guns we shot.
Benelli M2 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun
Colt .22 Semi-Automatic assault rifle
AR15 (.223 Caliber)
Through the whole process the safety requirements were extremely strict and with good reason, guns aren’t toys and certainly shouldn’t be taken lightly. But in the same breath if you are given the proper guidance and training they can be handled with care. You should become a person that is aware of their surroundings, a person that knows the power of a firearm.
My original understanding of guns was that you as a person make the decision to have and use a firearm and more importantly you make the decision on how to use a firearm and I stand by it. Yes guns are a powerful medium and anything can go wrong but it is your responsibility to ensure that it doesn’t and that is the responsibility you take on when you buy a gun.
I felt unbelievably safe in my surrounds when using the guns even with the other shooters who had never used a gun before either.
Just like everything else in life you need to make the correct choices.