Thursday, December 27, 2012
I Am Done Hiding
For years, unconsciously, I 'caved' to the anti-gunners by defending my gun ownership under the guise of 'sporting'. I'm certain I'm not the only gun owner who has opted out of the anti-gunners' arguments by not engaging in a discussion, by simply saying, "you know, I compete with my gun".
I've been open here on the blog about the reason why I own my guns, about the reason why I train the way I do. But I haven't been so honest in my daily life, mostly because I don't want to be perceived as a "gun nut" or "paranoid".
You know what?
I'm a gun owner because it's my Constitutional right.
I'm a gun owner because shooting is fun.
I'm a gun owner because I am 5' 1/2", female, and not physically strong enough to overpower someone bigger and heavier than I am.
I compete with my gun, not for sport, but because it's the best way I know to practice with my gun. Standing at a line and shooting in a bay at paper targets is not practice for self-defense.
Defensive pistol matches - THOSE are excellent practice for self-defense. Or as close as you can get for practice. Moving, drawing from concealment, learning to use cover and concealment. Engaging multiple targets while not "killing" any good guys, learning to distinguish between shoot/no-shoot targets. (The best practice ever would be to train regularly with simunitions, but that's difficult training to come by, at least in our area.)
So the next time, in real-life, someone asks why I own guns, they're going to get the honest answer, not the politically correct one: I use my guns in "sport" to practice for self-defense.