Bang, Bang

So, by complete coincidence, I went to a shooting range on the 4th of July weekend.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to use a gun, especially after someone tried to break into my apartment while I was sleeping.  I believe, wholeheartedly, that it is my right and my duty to educate myself and protect my house, my family, and my possessions.

I arrived, with Justin the Boyfriend and Mike the Boyfriend’s Childhood Friend (and Certified Marksman Who Is Teaching Me How To Shoot Properly), and was somewhat bummed to find out I couldn’t rent a pink gun.  Justin actually asked for the smallest gun they had, and when they placed it in front of me I felt what was probably akin to what Will Smith felt when he joined the Men in Black and the only weapon he got was the tiny cricket gun.

What am I supposed to do with this?

What am I supposed to do with this?

What I didn’t realize, rather foolishly, was how loud the shooting range is.  Sure, people are shooting guns, big deal, right?  I wasn’t prepared for the fellow who wanted to shoot a semi-automatic, each pull of the trigger sounding like a bomb going off.  I wasn’t prepared for the sudden loud bangs, for the overwhelming smell of gun powder, to feel, in person, exactly how dangerous and unpredictable guns can be in the hands of people who don’t know any better (thankfully, I was the only new person there; I can’t say enough about how nice and responsible everyone was).  I was scared.  I didn’t want to be around all that noise and strangeness.  I wanted to leave.

Oh my God, I thought.  Am I turning into one of those people who is against guns?

And then it was my turn to shoot.  Not one to back down from something I’ve committed to, I tentatively listened to everything told to me and gave it a shot (ha, dad joke).

It’s my opinion that anyone who is frightened of guns or believes they are unnecessary or dangerous should visit a shooting range.  Hold the gun in your hands, learn how to properly load, control, shoot, and handle it.  Fear is, mostly, because of a lack of understanding.  A responsible gun owner or handler is nothing to be apprehensive about.  By my second turn, I felt like a pro, the fear replaced by a strong curiosity and desire to learn more and improve.

According to Justin, I gutted my attacker.

According to Justin, I gutted my attacker.

Addicting?  Probably not.  There’s no pull inside me to go back, but instead a desire to responsibly learn and one day carry.  Responsible gun ownership is few and far between these days, and a far piece away from my increasingly liberal leaning tendencies, but who cares.  If I decide to do something, I do it right and I do it responsibly.  New experiences for the win.

July, July

There’s something about waking up early the day after a long summer thunderstorm.  I’m spending the morning at Crema, my favorite Dunwoody coffee shop, first doing some work, then an interview for an article I’m writing, and then some more work, and there’s something to be said for being one of the first patrons of the day.

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Of course, my running out of coffee at the apartment had a lot to do with it, too, but let’s not talk about that.

I was “relaxing” at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport last night while the storm raged; I wouldn’t have known unless I’d looked at my radar app (which I did) and a very concerned worker hadn’t kept announcing that THE RAMP IS CLOSED.  THERE IS LIGHTNING WITHIN 5 MILES OF THE AIRPORT. THE RAMP.  IS.  CLOSED.  Luckily, despite the ramp being closed, mom’s flight arrived on time and I got to hear all about her Vegas trip.  I’ll leave out the part where we had to chase her suitcase around the luggage carousel because it was stuck on a flap, and a nice man had to help us out.  You can’t take us anywhere.

As I’m sitting here this morning, I can see numerous flags flying around the coffeehop and church across the street.  These are only a few that I’ve already seen; Dunwoody is particularly patriotic this year.  I’m toying with the idea of attending the parade this year, if only because of the horses I know are rumored to be there, but the idea of sleeping in will probably win out.  However, there will be the traditional baby back ribs for lunch.  America, everybody.  Land of the Delicious Food.

Happy Thursday, friends, and I hope your 4th of July weekend is full of good food, good times, and loud fireworks.