This week on #Queensshoottoo we are going to be going to the other side of the threshold. Dasia trains five days a week and is building her own rifle. Akua has been making bullets with her step-dad since she was 14. They aren’t common.
For every Dasia or Akua, there are hundreds of women like Kelli. She grew up in an anti gun family but decided to find out on her own. Now she is taking control of her education and discovery, visiting ranges and renting firearms.
She’s the first to admit that she isn’t an expert, but she’s on the right path.
Anyone that wants to own a firearm should go through training and not just training to shoot the gun but how to deal with situations that rise. If everyone had to take classes before owning a gun I feel like less people would be dead and more people would feel safer.
What are your earliest memories of firearms?
My earliest memory of a firearm had to be in a movie because I honestly did not see a real gun until high school.
Were there guns in your home as you grew up?
My mom has never had a gun and chances are she won’t ever.
What were your parent’s attitudes towards guns?
My mom doesn’t like guns, she doesn’t like violence.
What was your perspective as a child, and how has it changed?
As a child I was afraid of guns. I’m still somewhat afraid of them because of the power behind them. I use to get so nervous when I would see a gun, my stomach would knot up. Once I used a gun my fear calmed down. I’m still not 100% cool with them because I don’t know about a lot of guns.
Describe your first time shooting a gun.
My first experience shooting a firearm, it was right after my 20th birthday and it was a revolver. I don’t know what model it was. It was my first time having a gun up and personal, I was very scared. I did not know how to hold it or anything. The guy that worked there showed me everything I needed to know. I thought when I shot it it was gonna kick back hard but it really didn’t kick back much. I was very shocked of how much easier it was. It was kind of addicting when I started shooting, thoughts of how I could protect myself where going through my head. It was such an amazing experience. When I ran out of ammo, I was very sad.
I don’t currently own one because I want to do it the legal way with a license so I can carry it on me if needed but I will in the future.
How often do you go to the range? What is your attitude towards training?
I go to the range every once in a while, it’s not cheap and I love training. Practice makes perfect and a better chance of me defending myself if needed.
What advice would you give to someone who was interested in owning a gun?
For anyone that’s interested in guns, educate yourself on them and always handle them legally.
What skills do you think that every gun owner should know?
Anyone that wants to own a firearm should go through training and not just training to shoot the gun but how to deal with situations that rise. If everyone had to take classes before owning a gun I feel like less people would be dead and more people would feel safer. A lot of people don’t like guns but if they get educated maybe they won’t be so scared.