It's April !!!
My shooting season started this past weekend! I was so
excited, because I've mostly been cooped up all winter, and I was so
ready to get out and shoot.
This made me think of a few things that maybe I ought to explain to my non-shooting friends that they apparently don't get.
start out by giving you an example of how badly firearms enthusiasts -
and the shooting sports in general - are misunderstood by non-firearms
A month or two ago, in the throes of yucky winter weather, I
made a comment on my personal Facebook page about how I had the winter
blahs and was comforting myself by putting the dates for upcoming spring
shooting matches in my phone calendar. Someone I know then took the
opportunity to make a snarky comment about how "depression" and firearms
don't mix. I subsequently deleted the comment and messaged this person
that the comment wasn't funny. I pointed out that the winter blahs do
not equal clinical depression, and that shooting sports were my
bright spot to look forward to in the spring, not a means to create my
own "end" as he was apparently implying. I don't think he's on my
This may have been an innocent
misunderstanding, but it illustrates how wide the gulf is between
"Gunners" and "Anti-gunners". Non-firearms people apparently don't
understand that the shooting sports are a healthy outlet. For those who
don't understand, there are only negatives.
But for me, firearms
are a tool that I use in a sport. These tools and associated activities
provide me with positive social outlets:
I looked forward all
winter to going to Spring USPSA and IDPA shooting matches and catching up with
old friends - and to making new ones, too.
For me, the spring
matches are a good excuse to get out in the fresh air, and get some
sunshine and radiant heat after a long winter. Sometimes there is rain
and cold, and even a late snow ...
... but when you are
sharing it with friends and have camaraderie, it's not so bad. LOL
matches are also good mental exercise for me. Deciding in what order to
shoot the targets, counting rounds, and planning where I'm going to
change magazines, deciding in a split second if I need to take an extra
shot or not, making sure I'm behind cover in IDPA, not to mention the
ingrained mental safety measures like minding the 180 ... all these
things help keep the cobwebs in my brain from accumulating.
out of shape as I am, these matches are also good incentive to get out
there and get back into some semblance of athletic activity. The
squatting at low windows makes the middle-age stiff winter knees
complain. It is a good sign that I've been too sedentary all winter, and
need to do something about it.
All of this is good stuff. Where
are the negatives? I can't see any. So I will continue to try to educate
the naysayers, and encourage the newcomers by setting a good example.
I've got my first IDPA and USPSA matches of "my" season under my belt,
and am hoping to get to a 3 hrs away 3-Gun match next weekend. I'm
Happy Spring Everybody!!!!