Do you remember the first time you ever fired a gun?
The "first gun" thread got me to thinking about this. The title says it all.
For me, I guess it was a BB gun I got for my 8th birthday. Not long after that, I shot my dad's 22 rifle. I remember that like it was yesterday.
Where I grew up, there was a lot of caliche. There were big caliche pits dug where the caliche gravel had been quarried, and were pretty much open to anyone who wanted to use them. One could drive into them and shoot safely into the surrounding walls and not worry about where the bullet would end up.
So, on the big day, my dad told me he would take me to a caliche pit and let me shoot his 22 rifle. I didn't know what caliche was, and asked. My dad told me it was stuff used in building roads. The image that immediately sprang to mind was bubbling, hot tar. I pictured myself standing on the brink of a tar pit, and dropping the rifle when I fired due to the recoil. He assured me that wouldn't happen, as he would be standing right beside me.
When we got there, I was very relieved to learn what caliche was. When I fired the rifle, I was amazed at the lack of recoil, asked my dad if it fired. He assured me it did. I've been hooked ever since.
Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.