Connecticut has the 5th most stringent gun laws in the nation. However, it is legal for a private citizen to own a gun with a grenade launcher attached.As a cheerfully immature male, I like shooting guns. Long before Atari, bottles, clay pigeons, & other lifeless targets provided entertainment for bored southern youth on summer vacation days. For about a week, some of us tried learning to shoot from horseback, those of us who owned h horses who weren’t afraid of gunshots- funny memories there, dangerous in retrospect, but funny since no one got hurt. Btw, after wasting boxes of ammo, not one of us ever hit a target from a moving horse and only one of my friends hit one from a horse that was standing still.The gist of it is, I like guns as toys, as tools for hunting, and I like knowing where I can put my hands on one if someone is breaking into my home.The first night I moved into a trailer, my very first ‘home’ as an 18 yr old ‘adult’, a drunk man came to my door looking for his wife. The previous resident of my trailer had apparently moved away with said wife while the distraught husband was at sea in the navy. Unable to help him, he left and I went to bed. At 2 am, i heard noises at my door. Having no phone yet I grabbed my shotgun, laid on the floor and pointed the barrel up the hallway. Within seconds, the door to the trailer opened, and a pistol came through the door in the hand of my drunk neighbor, who was even more drunk. I ejected/reloaded a shell, a very distinctive noise and told the man to put the gun down on the counter and leave. I gave him his gun, but not the bullets,the next morning and told him if he didn’t pay to fix my door knob, i’d press charges. He gave me sixty dollars and I never saw him again. I am glad I didn’t have to pull the trigger, but I am also glad I had my gun. As Tigger says, alcohol kills more people than guns do, but I must add, guns and alcohol together is a very bad mix.I’m glad he didn’t have a grenade launcher.Respectfully,C.
Apr 12, 2017