Shotgun thoughts

by: Miep

Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 19:54:15 PM EST

Hi y'all. With all this struggle going on about cartridge guns, I thought I'd change the subject and ask you for some advice about a different gun; the shotgun.

I don't own any guns, never have. I did live with a sensible fellow for some years, who owned a revolver and a shotgun, which was shortened. I don't know why this is done.

Anyway, he took me down to the Pecos one day to show me how to shoot the guns. This is not difficult. Aiming is a bit more of a problem. When I fired the shotgun (I was supposed to shoot into the Pecos) I missed. My roommate laughed his ass off. "You killed that tree!"

Okay, it was a small tree, and I was very embarrassed, and none of this was my idea. I was just happy about getting to go to the river. If I had to shoot it, well whatever. Tree collateral damage, so sad. 

Okay, so a shotgun. I could kind of see owning a shotgun. I could see treating it as a kind of sacrament. I would put it under something or in a closet with a closing door. No humans live with me.

I've been depressed a lot over the years. I have never instigated physical assault. I have never tried to kill myself with knives, guns, ropes. I do drink a lot. And I have for years.

And I think, A shotgun. Why not? Just another tool. And I am so tired of the assaults and the attempted pimping and the general ongoing inclination to hurt people like me.

I probably won't buy one, but you never know. I promise though that if I do ever buy a shotgun, I'll ask too for a local gun buddy, of any gender, who will work with me to teach me to become comfortable with the gun. They are dangerous tools, but here we are, surrounded by them.

I want everything to be entirely different. I am as radical as we come.

But if I must be surrounded by gun-owners, all right. We must address this. And nothing about this will change quickly.


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Don't get one. (2.00 / 9)
We have considered 22's for our kids over the years. When we lived in the woods in Ontario I talked with gun folks and learned all I need to know about shotguns (a slug is a good load to stop the rare Bad Bear). We almost bought a shotgun from the people we rent from here when we arrived in August, but passed it up.

Sandy Hook has been a reality check on all of that.

I am the wrong person to own a gun. Don't have the attention span, nor the focus. The odds of hurting myself or someone else with that tool is higher than with others, and the consequence more dire. I am just now growing back a thumbnail I hammered off a few months ago, firearms are not a wise choice here.

Avoid them. You aren't the right kind of person to have one. Neither good nor bad, just a reality.

John Askren - "Never get into a pissing match with a skunk."

Thanks Chris (2.00 / 1)
I agree. I see them as being like venomous snakes, except that I like venomous snakes. Don't want them in the house either.

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not sure why miep... (2.00 / 7)
but when i read this, this song was going on in the back of my head...

"I spend my days and nights pondering the meaning of life, the state of the universe, and the Home Shopping Network." -- Donald Roller Wilson

before you get (2.00 / 8)
any firearm consider the responsibility you are taking on. Besides making sure you know how to shoot and maintain it you must be sure you have prepared to secure it so that people who shouldn't have access to a firearm can not get to it.  

There's nothing like eavesdropping to show you that the world outside your head is different from the world inside your head.--Thornton Wilder

But absolutely (0.00 / 0)
I'm not interested in acquiring guns. But I do find the debate of interest, because most people seem to be adamantly on one side or the other. When I see a debate like this, it reminds me of other similar debates, such as those about capital  punishment or abortion. Life and death stuff.

I've taken to not taking sides with these debates, more to try to listen to both sides. Because I think both sides have something to bring to the table, potentially.

For example, I really do believe there are humans out there somewhere, who not only believe abortion is wrong, but who also believe sexually forcing women is wrong, and who also believe that working to economically disadvantage women is wrong. I really do believe there are humans out there who hold these beliefs. And some of them men.

I also believe that our horrible culture ruins some humans, usually men, beyond recognition as human. When we catch them, we can keep them like zoo animals, or we can clumsily execute them.

It's also obvious that some human infants are born with a bad first nine or so months of life. Some will argue bad genes for the killers, but go visit a Down's kid. Sweeties. Let's not get ahead of ourselves with this bad genes thing.

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