I think it is safe to say that a lot of men know the basics about guns, while most women don't. Things like recognizing different gun models, knowing which types of bullets are best for what situations, and understanding the power behind different gun calibers are just not what most women know best. I'm not really sure, but I think that most men are just naturally interested in guns, and perhaps society has lead women to believe that guns belong in a man's world. Either way, I think that needs to change. Women need to become equals and educated when it comes to something powerful enough to either take your life or save your life.
When it comes to guns, a girl has to start somewhere.
I, personally, was not naturally interested in guns. It took a masculine influence to get me curious about them, and even then, they really made me nervous and uncomfortable at first. I didn't want to contemplate the possibility of ever having to shoot anyone, and I didn't know enough about a gun to even hold one without feeling intimidated. The sound, the shock, the power behind them, and the pain and destruction they can cause ... guns aren't something to treat lightly. They are something to be treated with utmost respect, safety, and care. I will say that a strong part of me always wanted to be comfortable with idea of using guns and becoming familiar with them, but I still didn't ever want to shoot one until I had mentally prepared myself.
Guns do not kill people.
People kill people.
And if a bad person is going to use a gun, then good people need to have them in order to defend themselves.
In a situation where someone might want to take my life, I would want to be able to have a chance and the ability to stop that person.
In a situation where I had fear of imminent death, serious bodily harm, or sexual assault, I would want to have control.
I would want to live.
I would want the innocent person in danger to live.
I would want to be prepared.
I'm not that tall and I look quite young. So in my eyes, if a huge man were coming at me with the intent to seriously hurt me, a gun would at least give me an equalizer and a chance to survive.
That is how I decided that I was finally ready to shoot a gun for the first time, and so began my interest in firearms. I wanted to learn how to recognize a serious threat and how to defend myself in that threatening situation. No one knows if and when they will ever be in a life threatening situation. I do know that I would rather have a gun and never need it, than to need a gun and not have one.
to be continued....