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    Talking First Shoot

    Back Story: My wife grew up in Mass. and was never exposed to firearms before she met me, and I mean never. I grew up in rural NC shooting my whole life. The only person she knew growing up who had a firearm in her home killed herself with it. So despite my best efforts firearms are an issue in our marriage. Trying to tell her that that happened because of improper storage of the weapon and the ammo is a lost cause. Likewise that if the person hadn't had access to the gun she would have found another means to her end. I sent her away for a weekend to a Women on Target shooting event and now she will go shooting with me, but doesn't really enjoy it.

    Anyway, onto the good news. I am taking my oldest son shooting next week. I have taken him to the range with me before, but this is the first time that he will be shooting. This has been a long battle but my son told her today that Daddy leaves in 7 days (deployment) and could he please go shooting with Daddy. With his quivering lip and sad eyes she practically had to cave in. He will be shooting my Henry Lever Action .22. This is a definite victory. The first time we talked about this she was talking about the age of 13, he is 5.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his shirt and buy one." Jesus (Luke 22:36)

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    First off congratulation on being able to take your son out for a day of shooting, sounds like you will have a great father/son moment. Good luck and God speed on your deployment, you are in my prayers
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    It isn't a hopeless cause. I grew up in Mass in a gun free household. But when the gun bug bit, well, you know how it is. But then again, I was always conservative, even as far back as middle school I can remember being pro-military in the 70's. This kind of put me at odds with some of my teachers, to say the least.

    It almost has to be treated as brainwashing. Each and every media outlet and authority figure in that wretched state harps the "guns = evil" message. 24 x 7 x 365. That's a lot of damage to undo. Take it slow, be persistent, stay on message and don't get emotional, especially if she does.
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    You are a good man, keep your head low and your tail lower so you can come back and do it again. I give your wife credit for her going along with the shooting even with it being such an emotional issue with her. She sounds like a keeper.
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    Enjoy the time with your son. That's the best part. Even if you were shooting bb's or rubber bands....
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    She really is a keeper! Thats why it is important to me that she be on board, otherwise my son would have put his first downrange a year ago. I still have to keep my firearms at work, but we are making progress.

    I went and picked up a box of the aguila .22 colibri powderless ammunition today. He went with me and was so excited when I told him that these were the rounds that he was going to shoot.
    "He that hath no sword, let him sell his shirt and buy one." Jesus (Luke 22:36)

    "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." Sigmund Freud

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    Encourage her to take your son shooting while you're gone. Tell her that because of her history, no one better could teach him safety, then challenge them to a shoot-off when you get back. Allow her to take some of the responsibility for his safe conduct, and she should be proud of his progress while you're away....have a safe trip...

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