The AR-15 and its variants are much in the news again these days, as some call for their sales and ownership to be banned and some seek to defend them.
Whichever side of the divide you are on, here is a provocative and interesting video.
One of the things you should pay attention to is, in my opinion, his call for training.
Training includes both instruction in the use of the weapon (in this case an AR-15, but any other weapon as well) and instruction in situational awareness.
Quite a few of you readers out there are against the ownership of weapons like the AR-15 (and quite a few in that group haven’t the slightest idea what an AR-15 is). Therefore, if I could make a suggestion, look online or ask around about classes where you live for instruction in the use of a handgun and/or long gun like the AR-15.
My point is this: even if you don’t want to have handgun or a rifle, even if you think no one should, get the instruction anyway!
With that instruction, you will have a deeper understanding of what you are advocating but you will also have gained training in situational awareness – which the armed and especially the unarmed really need – and pointers even about avoiding and deescalating conflicts that could potentially erupt in violence.
You will be safer as a result, and so will be your loved ones when you are out and about.
So, watch the video. Be provoked, if you choose, but also consider my suggestion. Even if you hate these things, even if you hate the people who like these things, bite the bullet (see what I did there?) and take a couple classes anyway! Go ahead and hate away on the rifle and those who want them. Just get the training anyway! You won’t be wasting your time and, I’ll wager, you’ll find it interesting and helpful no matter what you choose to do about firearms. And when your kids are old enough, have them get the training too.
It’s a sporty world out there, my friends, and it’s coming your way.
Let me be clear: Before some of you go ballistic – and some of you will go ballistic and make all sorts of stupid assumptions about my motives and you’ll write dopey emails or letters full of accusations – what I am pushing here first and foremost is the training! The TRAINING. Got it? Must I say it again? Even if you don’t want any gun ever… take the training anyway.
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In contrast to the Navy Seal, here’s a 7 year-old girl with her dad. She’s shooting an AR-15 for the first time. I suspect she will never be afraid of or confused about the AR-15 or similar rifles for the rest of her life.
By contrast to the little girl, Gersh Kuntzman of the New York Daily News wrote:
“What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, menacing and very, very loud. It felt to me like a bazooka — and sounded like a cannon. … I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection). The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”
I believe “Gersh” is a male name. Not sure, about that however.