I took delivery of my new revolver, a this week. This revolver accepts .410 shotgun shells and .45 Long Colt rounds. This created a dilemma for me since the gun range I often use did not have an outlet to shoot the .410 shells. So I went looking for another range.
In my experience, there are few places where you will meet the most kind, respectful, intelligent, diverse and giving people on God’s green earth than on a gun range. Everyone I met there made me feel welcome. Smiles were as abundant as the compliments.
There were all types of people there that differed in age, sex, color and firearm experience. None of that matters on the gun range. The camaraderie is real. You are never made to feel unwelcome.
The take away you get from visiting a gun range lays waste to the depiction and characterizations of gun owners put forth by the politicians and anti-gun groups. You can bet that many of the anti-gun zealots who wax on about “gun nuts” have never visited a gun range.
I wish they would.
In addition to the welcome and kindness they would experience, they would witness a discipline and adherence to safety that would blow their minds. The safety rules at the gun range are written in stone and followed to the letter, lest you be asked to leave. And you can bet your bottom dollar that the folks following those rules bring them home as well.
The gun manufacturer Taurus has a welcome statement in some of their instruction manuals. It reads:
“Welcome to the movement. You are among many. A growing brotherhood and sisterhood of those who choose a concealed carry lifestyle. Those who believe the Second Amendment is as vital to our freedom today as it was more than two centuries ago. Those who embrace the natural right to protect themselves, their loved ones—even perfect strangers—should danger arise. You are one among many. And we’ve got your back. Carry On.”
If you are undecided on the gun issue or harbor even a small amount of animus against gun owners, visit a gun range.