I had to laugh recently when Sebastian was looking for something to carry his swimsuit, a t-shirt, and other swimming gear like sunscreen to his office pool party. Given that we’re still moving things down into the basement office (lots of re-organizing and moving things into more useful storage as we move things down), there were empty ammo cans near the door.
… if you keep your finger properly indexed, even on a toy gun. Doing some home improvement recently, it was noticed I was keeping my finger properly indexed when (not) using my drill. If you develop good habits, you’ll do them without thinking. On the drill this is not so much a concern. When I’ve been using the circular saw, looking to make sure everything is lined up correctly, keeping your booger hook off the “saw your finger off” switch is definitely a good habit to have developed in other contexts.
I picked up a pair of .38 Specials with clear and gold crystals and a pair of .22s with clear crystals. I had to wait to check out because every single woman who walked up to the table was buying.
Remember this when the anti-gun groups try to claim that there isn’t really growing interest in shooting and the gun-related culture. Remember this when those same anti-rights groups try to argue that women really aren’t interested in the male-dominated gun culture. Yes, clearly, that’s why women were lining up to buy jewelry that blatantly identifies them as pro-gun.
The first thing you do is talk to them about why. Don’t bombard them with doom and gloom scenarios—make it fun. In discussing why with my children, we talked about everything from weather, asteroids, zombies, pirates and more stuff than I can remember.
So I guess you save the conversation about having to eat the family dog until that option is really on the table (no pun intended). Makes sense.
If you’re in the mood for an interesting read on why making jewelry is like reloading or shooting, check out this article on NRA past president Sandy Froman’s artistic hobby. The first several pages are closeups of her work.
What’s amazing is that she didn’t plan to get into the shooting sports or Second Amendment fight – it all started with a night that someone tried to break into her home while she was alone. She also didn’t plan on taking a jewelry-making class – she happened to see it starting as she walked by a bead store after dropping off some business papers at a copy shop. Yet, it turns out that she’s got a talent & passion for both endeavors.
I can’t tell you why, but I was recently inspired to type “NRA” into the search function at Etsy. I know most of you have seen a few examples of gun-related jewelry online, but I have to say that the variety available from the sellers on Etsy is the best I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t stop at your typical bullet-shaped necklace or casing cufflinks. It’s gorgeous repurposed gems and uncommon vintage pieces.
I kind of miss the gun-themed custom license plates I’d see around Northern Virginia. There was a minivan with AR15FAN. One vehicle driving out of a shopping plaza near my old apartment had a Virginia NRA plate with LFE MBR. Another truck in the NRA parking lot had HCI LIES. So I am amused that a blog dedicated to amusing custom plates found this one by someone who is hopefully a recruiter:
I have a habit that I know sometimes annoys Sebastian. I talk about the Second Amendment and shooting, preferably in places where it is unexpected and might even shake a few people out of their comfort zones. However, as he has learned by now, I’m very good about putting it into a context that people can understand so that they aren’t venturing so far out of their comfort zones that they want to run in the other direction. (That’s what we call counter-productive, not “cool” or something to take pride in.)
Our first adventure on Hawai’i was the Mauna Kea Summit & Stars tour (worth every penny). Since we would be on a bus & exploring the top of a mountain together for 8 hours, our tour guide asked us to introduce ourselves (the tours are small) and tell everyone else where we were from and one passion or hobby. Aha – my bright idea bulb goes off. (Poor Sebastian was too busy taking landscape photos to see the look that would have warned him what was to come.)
Aside from meeting another couple from our area in the introductions, it was a useful excuse to say that a hobby and passion of mine was target shooting. At dinner, two other couples came up to talk to me about shooting – one a recreational & occasional shooter and the other a hunter. Suddenly, the number of people who actually shoot or who were fine with guns in the home was now the majority on the bus. Anyone who might have been uncomfortable with it before now had to deal with the fact that they were in the minority opinion in the group. The hunter and I even talked about the various species he and his family members harvest and the deer numbers of northern New York. We created a casual atmosphere for other shooters to come out of the closet and talk about their sport like it was any other hobby or interest rather than a contentious political subject.
Shooting became the norm on that bus headed to the top of Mauna Kea. Mix that with the fact that Sebastian was the only one taking decent shots of the stars (real photos to come later) with everyone wondering how to do it, and some friendly conversation over dinner, and we gave guns a happy, human face.
I have guns I don’t have ammunition for, so those are pretty much pure collector pieces. But that’s pretty much just my taste, I have no discipline in my collecting. For instance, I have a Russian capture Mauser from 1938, with the German markings ground off, from the J.P. Sauer and Sohn factory in Suhl. Money wise, it will never fetch a fair prize, but it shoots well enough. I like having it. It’s a piece of history. Its owner was likely captured or killed by the Russians. Either way, it’s not likely that its owner ever set eyes on the Fatherland again.