When you work in a business that is as emotionally driven as ours, you must be careful to ensure your own attitude doesn’t cause problems. Violence in the world seems to be at an all time high, not just here in the States but everywhere you look. People want to blame guns, bombs, cars, knives, but in truth it is the human condition that is at issue. But no one wants to talk about that. So, let’s bring the discussion home. I know people on the internet and people I call friends who own firearms who always want to pick the verbal fight on their rights and the 2nd Amendment, both for and against the issue. My passion has always been to teach people the knowledge, skills, and responsible attitude for safe ownership and usage of the gun. So when I see my rebellious friends yakking about how, “You can only take my gun after I give you the bullets,” or even the less thought-out comment from people who don’t own guns saying, “Okay, we will pry it from your cold dead hands,” it’s like both sides of the extremes are egging each other on to commit the very acts of violence neither group truly wants to see.
So how do we have an honest conversation? How about both sides agreeing that we can do better? How about taking the emotion out of the discussion so we can hear what is truly being said? How about instead of going with the group, YOU decide to get an education on the ethics, morals, and laws of firearm ownership. If you want a law changed, first find out what the law already says and then make a recommendation to fix it. I know this to be true, neither side looks intelligent or right if the information they use is false or based upon their own perceptions. So start the conversation with being honest with yourself and with the information you use, then we can sit down and talk to each other over a Coke, with a smile.
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