Survivors of Multiple Shots

We just took a motor trip from our home in the Peoples Republic of California up in to the free states of Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Two things come to mind from that experience.

First, in Wyoming I got stopped for speeding. Following the protocol recommended here and elsewhere, I was careful to keep my hands in sight and tell the officer that I had a gun. He gave me a completely disinterested look, like he was wondering why I was bothering him with this irrelevant information, and then offhandedly said, “OK, just don’t go for it.”

We then completed our business with no further reference to firearms. (Unfortunately, our business included giving me a ticket, which I may or may not deserve depending on whether a posted speed limit of 65 is reasonable on a beautiful sunny day on a basically deserted, four lane, divided highway in the middle of nowhere, Wyoming. But I digress.)

His attitude is the way it ought to be.

Second, having now carried within a short time period in five different states, each with a different set of laws regarding CCW, it is so easy to accidentally break the law. I did my due diligence, researched the laws of each state as best as I could, and tried to keep track of which state I was in at any given time. That is not as easy as you might think because sometimes we would wind in and out of a state on our way somewhere else. I couldn’t even begin to try to keep track of the any possible gun laws in individual cities and towns.

Now, I am as big a fan of federalism as the next guy and bigger than most, but this patchwork of laws where it is not possible to really know what is legal ought to be understood to be a fundamental violation of the Second Amendment.

This is just a rant. I wish I had a solution. Other than encouraging you to keep up your support of the lobbying efforts of the NRA  for gun owners,  I don’t have a solution.

I have a 17 year old daughter who is a straight A student, and yet totally naïve to the real world, or even things as simple as her surroundings. My wife, 10 year old son, and I, all shoot on a regular basis; however my daughter will have nothing to do with firearms of any kind. She states that there is no need for them. My wife and I have never over pressured her, but have used the approach of telling her that even if she never owns a fire arm, it is very important for her to know how one works. That in knowing the safe operation, along with the basics of a gun, could possibly save her life someday.

She has boldly stated that she will never touch a gun, and that she never wants us to approach her on this subject again. Problem number two is the fact that she is totally unaware of her surroundings. She is a small frame, attractive young lady that thinks that she can walk around town, alone, at any hour of the day or night. Local law enforcement has even cautioned my wife and I of her actions, by telling us that this is no longer the innocent bedroom community that some mistakenly take it for.

She rolls her eyes at our home security policies such as keeping doors locked, arming the alarm, looking out the window before opening the door when someone knocks. She states that we are all paranoid. We respond that we are not paranoid, we are just safe. I constantly talk to her about the local news, along with some of the things that happen in our community that are kept from the news. She believes me, but just has the attitude that this stuff could never happen to us. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to enlighten this kid before something terrible happens?

This month I met two people who were being treated for complications of multiple gunshot wounds fired from an AK-47. I will be vague on details due to the law. Both people were shot years ago and were shot over eight times. “Bruce” had several center mass hits and is paralyzed and permanently disabled. “Joe” other person had been shot in the legs. Joe also had been shot two other times in drive-by shootings.

I had two vivid reminders that being shot multiple times is not always fatal instantly. Death from a gunshot wound can come from a complication of the gunshot wound 10 years later. Our medical system is able to save a lot of people.

I had an interesting discussion with Joe about Dr.Fackler’s studies on ballistics and I showed him some pictures. He didn’t know that a .22 could travel through a house wall. His attitude towards me changed when I showed him respect and educated him. I learned he likes to shoot on a friend’s farm. I encouraged him to read so he could learn to be safer. We both lamented that people who live in the hood don’t know how to aim and therefore have unintended victims.

I am not sure that I would want Joe to go to the range with me but it was interesting connecting to him through guns because otherwise we live in pretty different worlds.