As the duck said to his friend with the ingrowing quills, "don't get down-hearted !"
If you don't spend time with shooting folks, you're not likely to pick up on the way shooters tend to be either "Responsible" or "responsible for mayhem", and the first group really hates to be confused with the second. Even knowing that, I wasn't sure if that "step right back" was humorous or not.
IMHO, speaking as a foreigner from a country where if anyone even sees a gun in public it usually results in a SWAT team arrest and newspaper headlines, I think there's maybe a touch of hypersensitivity in the US about the dichotomy between "everyone has the right to bear arms" and "people + guns can kill innocent people". Not to mention the NRA do have a really bad reputation amongst some Responsible shooters, because they're the people who lobbied against introducing technology that would "personalise" some types of newer handguns so that they could only be fired by the legal owner. (Helping to eliminate the "if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" problem.)
In Scotland, I practically count as a gun nut because I have actually fired about three different types of weapon and used to do target shooting on a range. Most people here will never ever see a firearm except on TV.
So, like the fox that went amongst the chickens, you may get a bit down in the mouth, but sometimes you just find out about gun use the hard way...!
Anyway, while I'm here (this question is open to anyone on the forum)...what do you do to escape from things ? (Ironically enough, for me it used to be target shooting, but that's not open to me any more.) I'm looking for a new hobby - preferably cheap - that will occupy not only my hands but my mind as well, without being too energetic.
Reading is my standard escapist pastime, but I get very stiff shoulders and headaches sitting reading nowadays, so I think I need something more active.
I'm lost. My concentration is lousy at the moment, so open-ended questions like this are really not my forte.
Any suggestions ? Anyone ?