If you are going to take an interest in guns, you need to know how to use them correctly. It is no different than learning to use a chain saw or learning how to drive a car. There are rules of operation to obey, otherwise you can get yourself into trouble. I knew a young man who would cut firewood for the family using a chainsaw. He did not take the needed precautions and cut a nice gash in his knee with barely a touch of the chain. He should have read the instructions. The same goes for shooting instruction. You need to know how a gun operates and all of the safety protocols. You need to wear eye and hearing protection. They are no more dangerous in the hands of a trained operator than a chainsaw or even a hammer is.
Tools of all kinds can serve a work and a recreational purpose. I use a hammer at work to earn a living. (more…)