Wow, where did the time go? It seems like just yesterday that I was bouncing my baby girl on my knee and now she is a high school graduate. I can hardly believe we made it through it…the diapers, the ponytails, the dresses…and the BOYS. Oh the boys. We have been preparing for this time for 18 years now and what did I decide to get her as a send-off into the big wide world?
…a semi-automatic 9mm from my good friends, Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson.
Her reaction was priceless. “You bought me a drill?” Everyone laughed because, in reality, from me…a drill really was a viable option. She tore open the case and her face exploded with excitement, but she was in the minority. Most of the other guests in the room had there mouths agape in disbelief.
Believe me, this was not a (pardon the pun) shoot from the hip decision. It was the culmination of 35 years of personal gun experience, numerous trips to the gun range finding just the right gun that had just the right fit and performance, and an unnerving awareness of the dangers my little girl will likely face when she goes out to conquer the world on her own…dangers that 9 out of 10 times will likely come from someone close to her.
I know, guns and gun ownership are hot-button issues today. Believe me, I heard all about it the other night at the graduation party. But for me, it isn’t about what’s right for the country…or even my neighbor across the street. It is about what is right for me and my family, and gun knowledge…gun familiarity-the kind one only gains by actually owning and operating a firearm, is a tool that I believe is an absolute necessity and I’ll be happy to tell you why.
The statistics are shocking and, as a man, incredibly embarrassing. According to the Violence Policy Center, 1,706 women died by homicide in 2012. Of those more than 1,700 women, more than 1,500 of them were committed by someone they knew and worse yet, the majority of those by either their boyfriend or spouse.
Well what about gun violence?
There had to be way more than 1,700 deaths in 2012 due to gun violence, correct?
Sure, according to FBI.gov there were 8,855 deaths due to firearms in the US in 2012 and this is a much larger number than the 1700 I was talking about earlier but again, I am not so concerned about that number either. The only number I care about is the number “1”…my daughter. So this is my way of looking at it. There are over 600 accidental gun deaths a year. The vast majority of these are simply a result of a lack of gun knowledge and gun safety. The irony is that according to what I have read the majority of those who are accidentally injured or killed by guns aren’t the ones who pulled the trigger. They were just innocent, unaware onlookers who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time…and didn’t know any better. Training my daughter, making her an experienced gun handler will make her more aware of dangerous situations and therefore more likely to take appropriate action before an accident happens rather than after a tragedy occurs.
Giving my daughter the knowledge of how to handle, operate, and accurately fire a handgun as well as when and why to use it is all I can do as a father. Whether she decides to use it or not is her decision. It is just my job to give her all the tools she needs to live long and be happy. Having self-confidence, in any situation, is the best training…the best gift, I believe, any father can give his little girl. Well, that and a little sumpthin’ I learned growing up as a farm boy in Idaho:
There are two rules when it comes to winning a gunfight.
#1. Avoid them at all costs
#2. If #1 is not possible, NEVER EVER be the one who doesn’t have a gun.
Whether it’s responsibly owning a gun or stocking your storage room with emergency food, being prepared is not only a smart thing to do, it’s something you individually have to choose to do and then actually do it.
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