To me, being not a member of the shooting community, it is exactly that foreign, and seems quite strange. Sitting here, I cannot imagine ever wanting to do so, so far outside of my world it is, and I find myself trying to unravel my initial reaction of surprise and fear.
Commenter APB responding to Caleb's statement that "the concept of carrying a firearm is as alien as little green men.”
I understand APB's reaction completely. I'm a relative noob to the gun world and I still remember some of the reactions I first had that now seem so strange. When I bought my 1st gun I was nervous. Not because I was doing something wrong or didn't trust myself, but because I hadn't grown up around guns. I'd previously had no positive exposure to guns. Instead, everything had reinforced the "guns are bad, guns are taboo" image that many people have. At the time, I felt like I was doing something wrong. Why? because it was strange and foreign to me.
I was completely pro-gun on principle and yet I still feared them, despite knowing just how unfounded and irrational that fear was. Fear is a strange thing. We fear what we've been conditioned to fear, particularly when that fear is borne out of ignorance.
I still remember my 1st range trip. Going in I couldn't shake the feeling that what I was doing was somehow wrong. There was no rational reason for it, and yet there it was, a purely emotional response. Then, after the 1st few shots I realized what nearly every new shooter does. This was FUN.
After bringing my mom to the range for the 1st time, she said to me that she now understood what I meant when I said there's a difference between fear and healthy respect. It's amazing how even a little exposure to guns can change a persons reaction from surprise and fear to healthy respect. Once you've learned to respect rather than fear firearms the idea of carrying one won't evoke the same reactions that it does now.