Hoplophobia is an irrational concern of firearms, for hoplon actually means weapon and phobia means irrational fear.
Throughout the years, I’ve met many women who upon learning that I own and carry a handgun say, “I’m Scared of Guns.” My reply is always, “I’m afraid to not have my gun.”
Growing up in the country, I was introduced to various types of guns at a very young age. It was nothing to walk in someone’s house and see two to three rifles/shotguns on a gun rack as part of the every day shabby chic décor. It was also common to ride through town and see a rifle/shotgun hanging in the back window of a local resident’s pickup truck. There was something not complete about a pickup without a gun rack. Guns were just NORMAL where I grew up.
I never really thought about it, but looking back, as a young child, the sight of rifle/shotgun in the home actually made me feel safer. I knew that if someone was to come onto my great uncle’s property, our family was protected. I never once thought of touching one of much uncles guns although I had access to them daily. I think the key is knowledge and respect for weapons as a hold.
Today in NC, their is law that requires storage of firearms to protect minors. You MUST have firearms locked or you will face criminals penalties if your firearm is obtained and used in a threatening manner. Talk to your kids about guns. Talk to your friends and relatives about guns. Most especially, talk to them about gun safety. If you and your kids are visiting their homes, let them know and ask them to secure their firearms! Protect the kids!
Part of my everyday recreation was shooting in the back yard at grandpa’s house with BB and pellet guns. Now they call them “air soft” guns. I got my first handgun at the age of 19 and my second by the age of 24. Being Scared of guns is not an option for me.
GIRLZ on F.I.R.E.’s mission is to empower Women with the knowledge and skills required in the safe and efficient use of firearms. Our goal is to eliminate the fear and provide you with the confidence required to protect yourself and your family!
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