I was shocked when my brother purchased a rifle for me as a Christmas present this year. I don’t need a rifle, yet, where we hunted this year had a law change a few years ago where there is one spot that a rifle would come in handy. I am so used to hunting with bow and arrow and shotguns and very close distances because of the dense vegetation. As I age, I also can’t say I am a fan of hunting for the sport of it. I do it for getting some delicious and healthy meat as well as being a small part in conservation efforts to keep the herds in check. I can take you to sanctuary areas on the east coast where the deer populations are 30 times where the healthy herd norms are.
there has to be a balance more than extreme polarity.
So my brother invited me down as he has a range to sight in the rifle to go to. We did a laser sight already, and the first few shots were surprisingly close with targeting. Then something weird happened, and I was missing the target…guessing far left and far right. I had to think, “did I suddenly go blind? usually, I am fairly accurate, but did I go through a loss of all motor skills?”
So my brother is looking at me funny as if to say, “what happened? you are shooting like I used to!”
After a bunch of shots and a bunch of bullets I noticed the scope from the factory had come loose and thank god my brother had his toolbox, as I had to take apart and reassemble the sight and hope I locked it down enough. “factory settings? what a fine job!”
But from there, a logical marching of the sights to space where I am happy at 100 and 200 meters came in. My fear with guns is that people don’t realize they are a tool, and the most dangerous part of them is the human being holding it. I can’t stress that enough, I remember taking my actor roommate to a range in Los Angeles in the 1980s to teach him how to shoot a gun and what scared me the most was the two variant of gangs on both sides of us not really anywhere near at hitting the target.
When I see the senseless violence today on the news and let’s face it….while the country was founded in and around a revolution and expansion into basically lawless territories. The constitutional amendments designed with a decent premise of why people should have guns, and there was even the reality of most of the early people had to use weapons to gain access to food security.
Fast forward a civil war and a few more, and what you have is a country loaded with guns and bullets where I have to guess half of the victims of gun violence in use are self-inflicted with suicide, the other half are a result of domestic and/or gang violence. it all brings me back to the very first thing I was taught in hunters safety when asked, “what is the most dangerous part of a gun or bullet?”
the answer is, “the human using it.”
This morning we went, and I was able to fine tune the sights on the rifle, and I am not finally comfortable that with my ability to aim and hit the target. I guess this is why I usually hunt on the ground or with a single bullet in the chamber. It forces you to actually be careful in now wasting bullets and/or doing something stupid with a lousy shot to maim an animal.
I have also been around the world in enough political, religious, economic, and military type spaces where I have seen a wide berth of ways people try to use and control other people. Sadly, it usually requires fear and the need to “control” or make more rules to keep populous in check.
I could go on for a while about the various ideas and results, but I will simply come back to one thing I learned a long time ago.
“it is the human that is the most dangerous part of a gun.” just like it is the ways and choices we as humans get to make about how we wish to treat our fellow humans and ourselves.
lately inside the USA, it appears the powers that be that have pushed fear and insecurity on the “land of the free and home of the brave,” too great a sense of “land of scared and home of the afraid.” these powers have not realized that in the long term, this strategy will fail once people get a clue that the words, “freedom” have been diluted at the expense of many for the enrichment of a few.
It is sad to type these words, yet, I also was frustrated for not shooting perfect bullseyes with ever shot. Then I looked at the accuracy and groupings and thought, “uhm. This is above and beyond the accuracy you need for hunting food in the wild.” so I packed up the gun, showed my brother the targets and said, “I do believe that is sighted in.”
he looked at them, “more than enough.”
I don’t have all the answers to life, except that I just had my photo taken with a sculpture of Albert Einstein. He has a great quote about insanity being to repeat the same thing and expecting a different result. He also has a quote about the weapons that ww4 will be fought with. What is a sense saddens me is that humanity has the ability and choice to change. What I see in the USA a fewer seem to want to change.
While my vision might be off a bit, while I am with a bunch of alpha doctors to be in this educational facility, when I look at the patients, I don’t see the same drive, determination, and habit to continually improve. in fact, I see more of the opposite, “can you give me a pill to make all this magically go away?”