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    I sw over on Ask a Cop a person asked about how many times you have drawn your guns. That seems so foreign to me. Do any non-LEO ladies in here keep a gun for protection? I amde the decision not to get one tho sometimes I rethink it. When I shot the glock at the police firing range, it was not something I enjoyed. It was too big for my hand but just the firing it made me uneasy. I just don't think I am the type to have a gun.....Just too ditzy I guess. They make me very uncomfortable. I have neighbor that jumps at every sound he hears at night and goes out with his gun. I'm concerned I would shoot an innocent person, maybe even myself. Guess I'll stick with Mace.

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    I know quite a few females who own guns, but in a state like KY with high gun ownership, that's not uncommon.

    Some people (like my mom) feel uncomfortable around guns; she is to the point where she won't even touch mine and when she sees it, she actually reacts how someone would if they saw a poisonous snake. If you're uncomfortable around guns, that's your personal choice. You should know, however, that a gun will NOT go off by itself, and if you PRACTICE with it, you will learn good gun safety and feel more comfortable around a gun. A gun is nothing more than a piece of metal (or plastic, depending on your style ), and once you realize that guns aren't something to be afraid of, then you will be fine. Guns aren't for everyone though, I know my mom will never own or even shoot one. If that's the way you are, there is nothing wrong with that.

    However, if you want to try shooting, I'm sure you can find someone to teach you. I don't know much about where you live, but I would assume that the Glock you shot at the police range was a full size .40. That's a big gun with signifigant recoil for a small person (not to mention a trigger that many people don't like). There are smaller guns out there with weaker calibers (Sig 232s and pocket pistols come to mind here). These guns are much easier to shoot, and can actually be fun once you get started shooting. When my girlfriend decided she wanted to get her CCW, I steered her in the direction of the Sig 232 (.380). Recoil is mild and the gun fits her small hands better than my larger Sig P226 (9mm). Guns are VERY personal choices...go to a gun store and hold as many as you can. A good dealer will be more than happy to help you find a gun that's right for you.

    By the way...I doubt anyone who is a teacher of special needs children can be TOO ditzy.

    [This message has been edited by PatrickM98 (edited 06-13-2001).]

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    • #3
      I've been a firearms instructor since 1987 and I'd MUCH rather teach a woman to shoot than a guy ANY day.

      It has to do with the male ego and all the macho crap that goes along with it. Granted, not ALL guys possess this feature, but a lot DO. It's kinda hard to TEACH a guy that already KNOWS everything about shooting.

      Women aren't burdened with that, it seems.

      Don't let your first experience jade you. Shooting can be fun AND relaxing....in the RIGHT setting/atmosphere. Next time, try a nice .22 auto and you WILL be pleasantly surprised. TRUST me on that.

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      • #4
        Well, working with special needs kids is my niche.....Something I was born to do and I love it. But, yes, I CAN be ditzy, specially if I'm having an off day. I worked with a student last week that I knew to be careful with. We all know you can not turn your back to him. So, what do I do? I hear another student crying and turned my back to him. And I got hit and bit pretty good. YES,I wanted to take a club to him! lol But, he's only in the first grade with many emotional problems. After I got over the feeling of wanting to do away with him (lol), I was able to regain my composure but was shaky the rest of the day.
        I just can not imagine me with a gun. Yet, when I read of all the stuff that goes on, I sometimes wish I had one.

        [This message has been edited by Mitzi (edited 06-13-2001).]

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        • #5
          Yes, I own several guns. I am well- trained in the use, and care of firearms.

          Most of my female friends also have guns. It's just a big shame that we can't carry them here in CA. I have been the victim of violent crime, in the past.

          I don't worry about accidentally shooting an innocent person, or acting out of emotional reactivity. I believe that guns are great equalizers for women.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by shooter1201:
            I've been a firearms instructor since 1987 and I'd MUCH rather teach a woman to shoot than a guy ANY day.

            It has to do with the male ego and all the macho crap that goes along with it. Granted, not ALL guys possess this feature, but a lot DO. It's kinda hard to TEACH a guy that already KNOWS everything about shooting.

            Women aren't burdened with that, it seems.

            Shooter, you couldn't have said it better.

            Glad to see I'm not the only one that has experienced this.


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            • #7
              We have a guy who lives across the street from us. He seems to think guns plus a big dog equal a MAN. He adopted this big dog then gave it up when it dug too may holes in his yard (one). And he is totally obbsessed with guns, guns guns. He drives everyone crazy with them. He's constantly getting new ones and brings them around to neighbors to see. Some neighbors aren't too pleased with this.
              One day, I was the only one home and I was tutoring a child. I was outside, hiding Easter Eggs (with paper words in them) when here he comes with his latest gun. I told him I really couldn't talk as I was teaching but would he shut up about the gun? no!
              I finally told him he would have to leave because I couldn't bring the child out to look for the stuff I'd hidden while he had the gun out there. His answer was to bring ANOTHER smaller gun out of his pocket and say, "Watch me hit that stop sign down there!" Wow, did I get upset with him and he went hme with his tail between his legs.
              Only responsible people should own guns and he is in NO way responsible. He scares me but he seems to think it makes him more virle or something! ggeezzzzzzzz

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              • #8
                Mitzi, keep in mind that what he did was illegal. It's called brandishing, and it is very irresponsible.

                Just to let you know you do have recourse if it happens again. You can call the cops.

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                • #9
                  Thanks! I'll remember that! This guy drives us crazy!

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                  • #10
                    Ditzi Mitzi...no way!

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                    • #11
                      Mitzi,

                      Probably because I support the private ownership of guns as much as I do, I tend to be hard on the people that make the rest of the responsible people look bad.

                      You're in FL, so this is the FIRST thing I'd have charged him with:

                      790.15 Discharging firearm in public.--

                      (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) or subsection (3), any person who knowingly discharges a firearm in any public place or on the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or whosoever knowingly discharges any firearm over the right-of-way of any paved public road, highway, or street or over any occupied premises is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This section does not apply to a person lawfully defending life or property or performing official duties requiring the discharge of a firearm or to a person discharging a firearm on public roads or properties expressly approved for hunting by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or Division of Forestry.


                      If he didn't have a concealed carry license for the gun that was in his pocket:

                      790.01 Carrying concealed weapons.--
                      (2) A person who carries a concealed firearm on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.


                      I'm sure I could come up with another charge or two if he pushed my buttons.


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                      • #12
                        I know he has a license. But, he is just not responsible. My husband told me AND him that, if he sees a gun in his hand one more time, he's calling the police. We would feel terrible if we just kept looking the other way and someone gor hurt or killed. You hope against hope that a guy like this would learn his lesson but he is just absolutely obsessed with guns. His marriage is becoming very shaky because his wife has just had it with him. He pours so much money into his "hobby" and he seems to be getting worse.
                        He will go to the shooting range and then bring the paper that he shot at all around for everyone to see what a good shot he is. He doesn't even take the hint when we walk inside our houses when we see him coming. He just rings the doorbell!
                        There have been several confrontations (without his guns) by people who are upset with him. I think the whole situation is just becoming too serious and it's time to let the professionals handle it. And in NO WAY is he a professional. He tried to be a cop and washed out!

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                        • #13
                          When I draw my gun I always use a number 2 pencil.

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                          • #14
                            OUCH! Go stand in the corner for that one, mac!

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                            • #15
                              He'd have lost his permit.

                              Being convicted of the crime that Nite said he'd charge him with (and I know he would charge him with it), would get his concealed carry license revoked.

                              I'm not suprised that he's a wanna-be the couldn't hack it either.

                              Call the cops next time this idiot does something like that. He's the kind of guy that makes gun owners look bad and gets more stupid laws passed against us.

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