I am not a member of the NRA, I haven’t gone hunting since I was a teenager and I don’t have any desire to own or operate high caliber, fully automatic weapons. In fact, until we bought this property we didn’t own a gun.

A large, secluded property, Dangerous or rabid animals in the area, protection against intruders, an increasingly crazy world – We hope that we will only use our firearms for target shooting and training, but, the Boy Scout motto makes a lot of sense.

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
– Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

The question is, how much have things changed since 1776? The answer is, I don’t know!

I was encouraged that when I purchased a gun that I had to certify that I met the criteria to own a gun and pass a background check. Unfortunately, those who do not meet the criteria often obtain weapons by less legitimate methods.

Guns are Dangerous! They should be treated with caution and respect! Gun owners should know how their firearms work and should practice until they are competent, safe and comfortable using them. This is why, as the considerate husband that I am, I gave my wife a shooting range for her birthday…

Shooting Range – Up to 100 meters

There are certain benefits to having your own shooting range: You can shoot whenever you want; If you are a bad shot, nobody else has to know; It’s a cheap date (if you use a small caliber firearm); It is a natural theft deterrent… If you think about it, it would take a special kind of stupid person to see a house with a shooting range and say to himself “I think I’ll break into that house”…

I have great videos and pictures of my wife’s first shots but she threatened me with bodily harm if I post them. It turns out that she is somewhat of a sharpshooter… it is best to respect the wishes of a woman with a gun…