Been a while folks, for that I apologize, been busy working and training, prepping for our first Fire arms Basic Pistol course on Feb 16th looks to be a great time learning and shooting. But some things have me worried..
Recently, my middle daughter who loves to read, came home with a book. It was a berenstain bears titled “NO guns allowed.” I looked at this book and it troubled me. So I read it.
I read the whole thing. This book I’ve never seen in my life, and I grew up reading berenstain bears. This book. Meant for children painted guns and gun owners as crazy and evil. Going so far as to have a man in it, crying out that they can’t take his firearms because he needs them to fight aliens.
I’ve never ever kept my children from reading any books they wanted to read. I’m a very open minded individual. I didn’t let them read this book.
Why you ask? Well recently.. I had a little discussion with my oldest daughter. She loves shooting, is constantly asking me to take her shooting and sadly I don’t get the chance to take her as much as I would like. She asked me one day after school if guns/firearms where bad. I explained to her that they where not bad, and had her recite from memory the four fire arms safety rules I require all my children to know by heart, along with the Pledge of Allegiance and recite ANY time we go shooting before they pick up a weapon. To include their BB guns. She did. It makes me proud to know she is a safe shooter.
Now.. that isn’t really the root of the problem. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen and heard somethings that truly trouble me. I own fire arms. My wife has shot them. My children have shot them. I use them in my work, I use them in my hobbies. They’ve never damaged or hurt any one. They are cold inanimate objects made of metal and plastic. They get hot after a few rounds, but that’s normal. I’ve taught my children right from wrong, and that its not the tool, but what is done with that tool.
But apparently me owning and using these objects makes me a nazi. Being a member of the NRA makes me a nazi. It makes me a bad person. A bad father, a bad husband, a bad American.
To date, I’ve dedicated my life, to this country. First in Service as a United States Marine, then as a Town Police Officer, from there I worked with troubled youth in the Youth Challenge Program, and now, I train our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to defend our country, I train Americans in fire arms marksmanship and safety. I’ve bled, I’ve cried, I’ve gone days weeks months with out proper sleep. I at times can hardly walk because of the pain in my knees. I sometimes cannot lift my own children to hug them due to the pain in my shoulders. I’ve missed birthday’s, anniversaries, and holidays. Pain I earned defending this country, defending its people. Americans.
And I read the paper, every morning actually, couple dozen different ones, and I see stories. Because I stand and defend and will continue to defend the Constitution of These United States. Specifically the 2nd Amendment, that I am a nazi. And I sit here and think.. I wonder, what am I going to tell my oldest daughter when she hears this.
She never was able to meet her grandfather from my wife’s family. He served in WWII, He could cook like a god, and he could drink like one to. His uniform hangs our wall from WWII. The man fought nazi germany. My daughter knows this. What is she going to say, when she hears her father is being called a nazi because he owns fire arms and believes in the right in owning and maintaining these fire arms?
She understands the evil that happened with these “individuals” of the nazi party. I’ve not shown her the pictures from the National Holocaust Museum yet, but she knows her history. She knows these people were evil and wrong.
So I’ve come to a brick wall.. What do I tell my 10 year old daughter, when she asks if she is a nazi. Because she believes in the right to own a fire arm. Wants to own a fire arm and loves to shoot?
Maybe I should ask the President of These United States that. or Maybe the papers writing their articles.
Because right now.. all I can do is hug her, tell her she is anything but. That it is our Right to bear and own arms as an American, and take my Daughter out shooting.