[ED: This was a great post from Luis about his father. It originally ran last year and we’re bumping it up for Father’s Day this year. Enjoy.]
To all of the pro-gun dads out there, thanks for getting your kids into firearms. Fatherhood is a very important role in one’s life from a personal level, I want to say thanks, Dad, for teaching me about firearms. Thanks for getting me into shooting, collecting, and more importantly . . . for teaching me what the Second Amendment is all about.
I still remember my father taking me out to the range when I was about six and my Dad handing me my New England Firearms Pardner 20 gauge shotgun. I remember him teaching me about firearm safety, making sure I always pointed the shotgun in a safe direction, keeping my finger off the trigger, telling me to always treat it as if it’s loaded, and never pointing it at something I don’t want to destroy.
I remember Dad loading a 20 gauge #8 birdshot load and asking me if I was ready. I told him yes, of course, and, as a giddy school boy, which I was, I shouldered the shotgun, cocked the hammer, and let loose. And boy did I ever. It knocked me square on my butt and the hammer cut my cheek since I had my face too close to the receiver.
It didn’t stop me though. Dad told me to stand up, toughen up, brush it off, and try it again. And did exactly that and I’ve loved it ever since.
My Father is my role model and my hero. When he wasn’t getting me into firearms, he worked hard to provide the best for me. That meant raising me right with a strong set of morals and the desire to help others in need.
My father always made sure that guns in the house were secured in a safe manner. He also took the mystery away from them by taking me to the range often. Because if I was acclimated and used to them, I wouldn’t be so curious as to be dangerous as can happen when kids get a hold of firearms without the proper training.
So again, thanks Dad for raising me right.
Tell us your stories of how your Dad introduced you to firearms and any fun memories you have. And more importantly, if you’re a Dad, how you got your kids into guns.