I hope that you all had a great Yule/ Christmas/ Hannukah/ Kwanzaa/ Festivus/ whatever you celebrate. If you exchanged gifts, what was your favorite present?
Hubby got me a great gift this Yule. I got a gift card for a shooting range and I can’t wait to use it! I am stereotypical hippie and have never shot a real gun in my life so why would I want this gift? Because I read the news, because I have prepper/survivalist tendencies and know that I can’t rely on authorities to have my back when the $hit hits the fan.
Being prepared to do something is not the same thing as wanting to do it. My goal is to have the knowledge and skill while hoping that I never have a need to use it beyond having fun at a shooting range. I wear a seatbelt in my car, but I am not trying to be in an accident. I am still as much of a pacifist as I was before.
In hindsight, I wish that I would have taken this step 15 years ago. It’s easy to imagine how differently things may have turned out if I had means of defending myself instead of being the victim of a crime that I still suffer PTSD from.
I toured the range on the day after Christmas and was very happy to see how family friendly it is. There were plenty of children shooting with their families. We plan to teach our children gun safety, while taking the logical safety measures and precautions when we do bring a firearm to the home. When they are a little older they can have the option of learning as well.
I am now enrolled for the next NRA Basic Pistol course in a few weeks and after that I plan to apply for a concealed carry permit. I don’t own a firearm yet and it will be a while before I do as I will need to save $$$ for one but in the meantime I want to make sure that I dot my i’s and cross my t’s by getting the education, paperwork and practice components taken care of. The gift card from my husband was generous enough that I will also be able to have plenty of practice time at the range with a rental gun.
Best case scenario: I will have a new hobby.
Worst case scenario: I will be prepared to defend myself and my family. It’s a win-win in my book.
Who knows, maybe in the future I’ll learn to shoot rifles. I’ve never been interested in hunting but it would be a good prepper skill to have. It’s too soon to tell what will happen. In the meantime, I am very excited and eager to get started.