Do you fear the sight of a gun?
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June 10th, 2010 06:24 PM
spent some time at the range this afternoon during a lunch break...only one other guy shooting and 2 rso's so i struck up come conversation with them about the rso job...onoe of them said hes not sure if its worth the risk...i questioned it and he commented that hes had more guns pointed at him then any law enforcment officer in the country in the past few weeks and hes just waiting for one of the idiots to get a shot off...
the other day an rso had a loaded pistol with a finger on the trigger pointed directly at his neck as a shooter turned around from the range after taking a shot...the only reason it didnt go off is becasue the shooter was still squeezing the trigger and it hadnt reset yet...
scared of guns?...no....this guy loves em and works in an environment rich with them....scared of an idiot shooting him?...enough to have second thoughts about the job..
ive been to training classes where peole have turned around on the line with loaded handguns while they picked up brass...asked questions...etc...ive had people pull guns out of their holsters to show them and point them directly at me before clearing them...it only happens once...but thats all it takes...
so while youre looking at someone doing aomething out of the ordinary and saying "i love guns and it doesnt bother me becuase i can tell by his demeanor he doesnt want to hurt me"...some one somewhere is taking a negligent discharge or risk of one after the same thought crossed their mind...it wont scare you until it happens...then you can think about how much guns dont scare you...
my brother cut himself during a partridge hunt in upstate ny once...we took him to a local hospital to get a few stitches...not a big deal...we had the honor of seeing a gentlement whos best friend managed to put a deer slug through his hip as he walked behind him through the woods....bet that guy wasnt afraid of guns either....and heck...he'd been hunting with the guy all his life..its not like he was gonna hurt him....
keeping your eye on them may not be enough or soon enough to prevent something stupid...when somebody is doing something that defies llogic and legality its time to put some extra attention to it because they arent thinking straight in the first place....
you know when a gun is empty but you still treat it as loaded becasue thats the way you were taught...if others arent using the same care you are theres plenty to be afraid of...and all the "i love guns" talk in the world isnt going to take back what happenes when a bullet leaves the barrel....
June 10th, 2010 06:28 PM
I only fear unloaded guns, because those seem to be the ones that always go off and shoot someone.
June 10th, 2010 10:16 PM
Yes, and the learning is coming from dozens of others who likewise have never been shot nor bit by a snake. It takes no rational thought to feel that way. It just takes the feeling that something wonky. Meanwhile, the armed criminals are laughing all the way to the bank at the stupidity that allows folks to feel better about being unarmed and incapable of withstanding any attack. The great sin of the Chuckie Schumers of the world is that they've made the poison smell like roses to the wad and masses, knowing full well it's a farce and putting people's lives in danger.
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June 10th, 2010 11:17 PM
You make some good points. One recent thread I was referring to was the "holstered gun in the auto parts store" scenario. It was an odd situation and it would get my attention. Some people said they would seek cover and draw their weapon. To me this is more than caution, this is borderline fear of a gun in a holster lying on a counter, with a person that is not appearing to make any threats. If there are people that want to react that way, thats ok. Every one of us falls somewhere at different points on a line between being overly naive and overly cautious. Hopefully we will all get to a place somewhere in the middle. (myself included) I'm here to learn from others and share my own ideas when I can.
Originally Posted by ccw9mm
June 10th, 2010 11:51 PM
OR if it is carelessly being flopped around by an idiot.
Originally Posted by Guantes
OR if the gun is being carried by a Muslim, M.D.
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June 11th, 2010 12:12 AM
Only if it's pointed at me.
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June 11th, 2010 12:14 AM
June 11th, 2010 04:28 AM
Depends on who has it + the situation and circumstances.
June 11th, 2010 06:54 AM
I fear people with bad intentions or people that don't understand gun safety, not the guns themseleves. And I always seek to proactively address the cause of those fears.
June 11th, 2010 08:19 AM
I do not fear guns...guns are just tools.
A gun is a powerful tool, and like any other tool, one must have respect for that tool. Tools can do amazing things, but in the wrong hands can cause a lot of problems and destruction.
I am cautious when I handle my tools, and I am distrustful of individuals who lack respect for the tools they handle...I keep distance from such individuals.
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