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What Is It All For?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by jda, May 27, 2013.

  1. jda

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    I went shooting today, not really there to train, zero a scope, or anything. Just to enjoy the beautiful weather, the company of like minded folks, and quality firearms.

    Around two hours into my shooting session, I noticed a young boy to my right, a few benches over. He couldn't have been more than 8 or 9. Every time I picked up my AR to shoot he would look over and just watch me shoot. Around two mags in I decided to ask him if would like to shoot it. His eyes lit up and he turned to his father to get his approval and with a nod of the head, in the most polite way, in the smallest voice, he said "yes, please'" and we were off to the races. He was grinning from ear to ear the entire time. After he had finished the mag I gave him to shoot, he turned to me again and said in the most sincere way "thank you" still in that little voice, still grinning from ear to ear. I then turned to the father, who was much to my surprise, smiling even wider than his son. His father then repeated the same thing I had just heard from his son, "Thank you"


    The look on that little boys face made me realize what it is all for. Its not about you and I, its about the generations to come, and for them to enjoy the lifestyle and culture of shooting and of respect that you and I have come to enjoy. For them to enjoy the company of like minded folks, exercising their natural born rights, and to one day pass it on to their children.

    This little boy, without knowing it, put it all in perspective for me. He taught me more in
    10min than anyone else has in quite a long time.

    For this, I thank him.
     
  2. Knightrock
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    You did a good thing, jda - well done.
     
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    My father taught me to shoot like his father before him. its a wonderful tradition that Anti gunners cant quite grasp..
     
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    Nicely done.
     
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    Props to you, my friend. That good deed was repaid instantly. Good man.
     
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    Couldn't have said it any better. Wish moments like these were more visible to some of our opponents.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
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    I don't think it has anything to do with gun or anti-gun. It's the ritual of passing knowledge from one generation to the next, whether it's learning to shoot, ride a bicycle, make something in the wood shop, etc etc. Some of my most proud moments happen when I'm in my shop working on my bikes and my boys wander in to help or learn.

    Congrats, you did a good thing.
     
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    Is it just me, or does it seem that when you run into families taking the time to pass down traditions and knowledge to the next generations one of the obvious things being passed down are manners. Thank You for sharing this story jda. :)
     
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    Thanks. That is awesome. Great story.
     
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    JDA, that was the best thing I've read all day. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. [​IMG]
     
  13. jda

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    More than me just sharing the story, I was kinda hoping to inspire others to do the same, because in the end, its all for not if the next generation doesn't truly realize their rights.
     
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    Great moment. That's what it's all about. Props to you sir.
     
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    +1 to you sir.
     
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    Thanks, jda. We all need this kind of perspective. For this and plenty of other things.

    You done good, man!
     
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    This is why I help out at Boy Scout camp. Not to brag but take this and multiply it several hundred times. I especially enjoy it when we have family time and mom and sis get to shoot, often for the first time. My favorite story is one summer during an open shoot at the shotgun range an older Scout was hitting everything. When his turn was done I asked him where he learned to shoot so well. He said here, by you, 2 years ago. :redface:
     
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    I have had the privilege to teach a few people how to shoot including some young ones. It never gets old :)
     
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    Well done. But I really hope this kid's dad had the sense to make him wear hearing protection. If he didn't, there's another thing you could teach them. ;)
     
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    WHAT!!!

    lol, yea they had earmuffs on.
     
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