I've always been afraid of guns. The thought of having one inside the house scared me to death. I'd heard too many horror stories of children getting killed because they got hold of a loaded weapon that hadn't been properly secured. I'd heard of people cleaning guns and having them accidentally discharge.
I didn't want one. Until my husband finally talked me into getting one. But I only agreed on one condition. We'd have to take a class to learn to use them.
My first experience at the shooting range was nothing like what I expected. I didn't expect such a loud bang. I didn't expect the flash that occurred each time I pulled the trigger. I didn't expect such fear at holding a weapon that could essentially take someone's life.
I'll still be taking numerous classes. I'm sure this is a learning process. And for the moment, I'm still afraid to load it on my own. Hopefully confidence will come with practice.
Do you own a gun? Are you afraid of them? Do you think you could pull the trigger on a real person?