fear is rooted in ignorance
For years I looked at kayaks, the little mouse hole, and videos and warnings about how to go upside down and then turn right side up to keep from drowning.
Once I discovered there were safe and stable kayaks that did not turn upside down, and was told how dangerous the Missouri and other rivers were. I was told it was unsafe by people who were controlled by fear.
I discovered if you have some knowledge of the river, weather, responsibility, and safety tips, kayaking - even on the Missouri River can be safe, fun, and a world of natural wildlife and sense of adventure is rewarding.
The same is true of firearms. The firearms below look scary to some, and some believe they should be outlawed. For some of us who began shooting at a young age, who had formal classes at school or organizations, or family, shooting and hunting was not filled with the mystique that effects urban dwellers. Guns are tools - they are not toys, and should not be used to settle arguments. Fear of guns are rooted in ignorance.
The story of the America and Guns began in 1607, Jamestown. In 1630, Plymouth Plantation was populated that required all men, even servants, to be furnished with good and sufficient arms. The guns were provided to those who could not afford them. Why?
Self-protection and food!
The Revolution was fought by citizens with good and sufficient arms against a standing Army. The Constitution prohibits government from making laws against citizen ownership of firearms. The Second Amendment to the Constitution has been upheld numerous times in recent years as a guaranteed right.
Is it dangerous to have a gun in the Home?
In 2009, 34,000 people died of accidental poisoning at home; 16,900 died from falls; 2,900 died from fires; 400 died from accidental shooting deaths happened at home. Five hundred died from natural heat and cold. One hunter out of every 2,000 suffered from a firearm injury.
Are firearms dangerous - yes. Because most owners are responsible, shooting and firearm ownership is relatively safe compared to other past times. The family car is the most dangerous activity in the home.
It is important to know your state laws and to take responsibility and to set rules regarding firearms.
Each of the firearms above are rifles.
A rifle fires a single projectile and derives its name from the "rifling" inside the barrel, or bore.
The Caliber of a firearm is the diameter of its projectile. It is also the diameter of the bore inside the barrel.
Caliber is written in millimeters in the case of European or NATO rounds (9mm) or in fractions of an inch in American and British rounds (.308)
Many American gun calibers can be confusing as there may be various .30 and .300 cartridges that are not interchangeable.
The bullet is the projectile and can differ for loads made for the same firearm.
Choosing a gun
1. Always assume the gun is loaded.
2. Never load a gun until it is time to use it.
3. Never point a gun at anything you do not wish to destroy.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to destroy the target.
Every firearm is designed for a primary purpose:
Nearly all modern firearm is based upon a prior military weapon that has been modified for civilian use including hunting, target shooting, and self-protection.
Meet the AR
The AR style rifle was created by Eugene Stoner in the 1950's. It was produced by ArmaLite Corporation, the AR stands for ArmaLite, not Assault rifle.
The AR-15 is the civilian model of the military version, the M-16. The M-16 was a fully automatic rifle and it runs as long as the trigger is held back. Fully automatic weapons have been highly regulated since 1934.
Civilian models are semi-automatic, meaning the trigger has to be pulled for each successive shot - just like a revolver or similar handguns and rifles and shotguns.
Millions of men and women served in the military were trained and carried the M-16, or the shorter version M-4. The civilian versions are no different from the single-shot, bolt-action, and semi-automatic versions that have become popular with sporting and hunting. Each of these versions have military ancestry, however, they are not assault rifles, nor are they fully automatic.
The AR style rifle is a modern sporting rifle that is light, easy to carry, rugged, dependable, accurate and familiar with many hunters and target shooters.
The modern AR style rifle comes in many calibers, however, the most common is the .223 and .556
Many firearms are used for competition, hunting, target shooting, and collections.
There is a national dispute about guns following every unfortunate incident where people die. Some motivations are personal, some political, some are the result of evil, and there is the complication of mental process.
The gun can be an instrument of evil, as can be the knife, a vehicle or even a rock.
Gun owners must be more responsible than ever!