Hello There Folks,
Some of you might recognize my name from the "waiting on my CCW" thread...and now I have a new dilemma. I'm recently married (this past June) and I love my wife dearly. Part of the reason I sold my first handgun and spent a good chunk of my small paycheck on a more reliable handgun was because I would be APPALLED if anything were to happen to her, and I wanted to make sure that I took all necessary precautions to avoid such a situation. Recently my wife came into a bit of money from her grandfather and I told her that I was of the opinion that she should spend some of it on her own gun and come shooting with me. Understand please that my wife is not anti-gun, her grandfather has been always been a spectacular marksman and she was raised around them. Currently, unfortunately, she does not share my love of shooting. I chalk this up to the fact that she just hasn't found the "right" gun for her yet. I've tried to get her interested, I've even spent the time and effort to bring her to the range a few times to try and make sure that she is proficient with the firearms we have in the house. I also told her that, because of my concern for her well being IF she took the concealed carry class that I would GLADLY pay her way through it and sit through the class to make sure she didn't have to go alone. She had a few arguments against buying "her own" gun and taking the CCW class, which I tried to combat to the best of my ability.
Her arguments and my answers :
Q :"But where do I ever go without you that you couldn't protect me?"
A : "You enjoy going to the mall right? Sometimes I can't be there with you..You go to church without me (we share different religious views) and you readily admit that there are alot of people who are dissatisfied and angry with your religion. Also, what if I was incapacitated or unable to defend you? What about when we decide to have children? I can't always be with you to take them to their activities."
Q : "What if I'm not a very good shot?"
A : "We can take lessons together, it will be fun, you will get better"
Q : "But you have guns, why couldn't I just use one of those?"
A : "You could, but you've already told me you don't like how large and bulky they are, besides I feel to truly become PROFICIENT with a firearm you have to develop a connection with it..it has to be "YOUR" gun not mine"
Q : "What if I decide I don't want to carry it?"
A : "That's your choice to make. It wouldn't be MY choice but you have to make that decision yourself. Regardless I would prefer that you had something around the house that YOU feel comfortable using in an emergency situation"
She's starting to warm up to the idea, but is still a little reluctant. I would LOVE to have her as a shooting partner. I would LOVE to have her enthused about the sport and able to defend herself. Can anyone that has been in a similar situation offer any support?