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So my anti-gun family...

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ChicagoRSX, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. ChicagoRSX


    Jan 6, 2012
    Well, I was raised in a very protective family. My mother HATED guns. I couldn't even have a nerf gun till I got one for a birthday president from a friend in like the 5th grade. So when I made the decision to go into law enforcement, my mom wasn't happy their would a gun in the house, but she made her peace with it and respect that I was properly trained in how to use it/store it/keep it out reach of those who shouldn't handle it, which wouldn't be anyone as I am the youngest of 2 and my older sister wanted not to be near my G17.
    Well tonight at dinner, my grandma said she would love to get a small gun that she could use comfortably herself as a gift(with the old wink,wink in my direction. So I told her I would happily take her shooting as I'm renting out some lanes on a range near me for my wife's birthday. She responded "That's not till November! I was hoping for a lot sooner then that! lol So looks like I'll be taking my grandma to the range in the next month or so and I know what I'll be getting her for her birthday or Christmas! lol God I love my grandma.:supergrin:

  2. astroboy

    astroboy JDM Aficionado

    Nov 23, 2011
    LA/IE SoCal
    One less anti-gun in your family, sweet!
  3. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Don't wait till Christmas, get grandma a gun now.
  4. Just1More


    Mar 18, 2009
    What the heck is a birthday president?
  5. MarcDW

    MarcDW MDW Guns Millennium Member

    Oct 20, 1999
    Maine USA
    Only on my wife side I had a Granny.
    Actually my wife lived with her when we dated (for the short time of 3 month).
    So about the 2nd time I visit her there, Granny showed me her S&W .32 S&W.
    I asked her looking at the ammo when did she got this ammo.
    "Some time after the war" was her answer. She mend WW 1! :whistling:
    Took me about 3 gun shops before I found that caliber.
    After she passed my father in law shoot that revolver with one of these rounds and he said it dropped about 3 yards in front of him on the ground.
  6. JackMac


    Mar 13, 2011
    get her a gun. let her try several to see what she is comfortable with. A J frame S&W and let her practice with wad cutters. My late Mother had a Model 36 S&W as she lived alone and was proficient with it. Tough lady. Cancer took her from me.
  7. JLA


    Feb 11, 2007

    :rofl::rofl: Priceless!
  8. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island one of the funniest things I've read in awhile! :rofl:
  9. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    My dear old Mother, now 91 years old, isn't really anti-gun.......but, as long as my Dad was alive (he was always a gun owner), she felt safe, protected, and refused to even think about self protection, or owning a gun for herself.

    This changed, and she asked me to provide her with a gun when Dad passed away. Isn't it "telling" how she suddenly felt the need to be a gun-owner when her husband was no longer there to protect her?

  10. CDR_Glock


    Apr 1, 2010
    My in-laws are anti-gun. For the time I have been married to their daughter, they always thought about how dangerous gun ownership is. I would always tell them how accidental injuries occurred when people were intoxicated but also people who were not well versed or trained in basic safety and handling a weapon. I told them how dangerous society is becoming and the harder economic times lead to more desperation. It's more of a danger not to have a firearm, but training and knowing the laws and regulations were very important, as well as being aware of the surroundings, not paranoid.

    Traveling home, I would bring my guns to their house and ask if it were ok. My father in law, allowed me to do so. I would take my brother in law out shooting. He, in turn, bought a gun. It was a GP100. My brother in law, took a safety class before buying a gun. Then took the gun home in a locked safe. Getting comfortable with dry firing, and understanding how the gun worked. His wife, also learned to shoot it. Now he has a concealed carry license in Utah. Utah is one of those states where two actions are required if one is to open carry (revolver with the next chamber empty or a Semiauto with an empty chamber). It's not exactly the best way to arm oneself. So he acquired the license to carry concealed.

    This past Christmas, I took home an AR-15, Colt Python. Ruger LCR and I bought a 12 gauge when I went down to visit. I asked my father in law if he wanted to come. He said, Sure. I was cleaning my guns that night before and my wife and mother in law came into the room where I was cleaning. My mother in law was so intrigued by the AR-15. She wanted to hold it, and I explained the general precautions. Before I handed the empty rifle. She posed for a picture, laughed and went back inside.

    My father in law, on the way to the range, was getting anxious. He worried someone would should us there. I explained that indoor shooting, in general, is a family thing, especially in the South. The demographics are much like your typical bowling alley but since ammo is expensive, more people who have a little bit more disposable income go to shoot.

    We pull into the parking lot, and he sees a dad and his 12-13 year old walking towards the door. He said, You Don't Need a License to shoot? I replied, not unless you are purchasing and the minor has to be 110% supervised. On the drive, I talked about the basic safety precautions over and over and over again.

    We walked in. There were young teens, younger women, families and a couple of groups of people. He was in amazement. I'm sure he was thinking, No Thugs?

    I left him shoot my Colt Python in Single action and watched him closely. He was a pretty good shot. He also used the AR-15. He commented how he was happy that I took him out there and that he'd come again. But next time he would like to shoot what was in the next lane. I think it was a 22 LR rifle. I said, No problem.

    I told him, it would be a great hobby for him. He can't play golf anymore because of arthritis. He said, maybe he'd get a 22 some day.

    I figure, if you can't "beat them, have them join you.".

    That was a very good time for all of is that weekend.

    I further, on the way home, explained how I don't drink if I'm carrying, and how I have lived to a higher standard. A gun is not there to settle disputes. It's there to stop a deadly threat to you or your loved ones. Being called a name or even getting a punch doesn't mean I'd draw the weapon. I explained that there was a lot more to concealed carry than just owning a gun and having a license. It's a lifelong study in the law and human behavior.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  11. Dad was always anti-handgun but we deer hunted and duck hunted. My father was a land man of sorts and spent a lot of time cruising tracts of timber. Often he would come up on marijuana plots. A state police officer from his home town almost insisted he start arming himself when out in the woods. Dad became a handgun man in his later years after a couple of incidents.

    On mom's side, some of my family went through or evaded the Holocaust. Gun ownership wasn't even a question it was assumed. I grew up from an early age understanding the paramount and absolute importance of being able to defend yourself with a firearm.

    On my wife's side, firearms ownership is like putting socks and underwear on in the morning.
  12. gadgetnut259


    Oct 8, 2011
    That's great! Go Grandma! :supergrin:
  13. travis34769


    Mar 12, 2007
    See I could never get my grandma to own a gun. She must have been old school cause she just kept a bat near her bed and a bat in the trunk....
  14. G30Mike

    G30Mike Say When!

    Nov 19, 2008
    St. Joseph MO