By Vance Ewing
Are you afraid of guns? If so, why? When I was about five years old, my dad thought I was ready to learn how to shoot a gun, so he loaded up a 12-guage shotgun, put it in my shoulder, and pulled the trigger. My shoulder was black and blue for a week, and mom was not happy. To this day I have always been a little shy about shotguns. Maybe you’re afraid because you’ve been told all your life that “guns are evil and bad?” You have never picked up a gun in your life, but all the shootings and negative press has you convinced that guns are evil and need to be avoided at all costs. The truth is a gun, just like a knife, hammer, or baseball bat, are all just tools and have no inherent evil in them. People are the ones who are good or bad, not the tools they use. My advice is: If you’re fearful of guns, it’s time to find out why and then do something about it. Most of the time, fear comes from the unknown. I recommend that you find a firearms instructor who can teach you what you don’t know and then face your fears. My mother-in-law, who is a beautiful lady, had never fired a weapon before in her life. She is seasoned and can be physically frail at times, and other times tough as nails. She overcame her fears and decided to learn how shoot. Not only did she have a great time, but she learned that it wasn’t as scary as she thought it would be. And she shot the bullseye on the target. Pulling the trigger, the first time is the hardest thing to do. But once that is done, now you know what it feels like, what it sounds like, and what fun it truly can be.
Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129