I believe a country without guns is safer than a country that has many. When visiting Missouri, however, one cannot escape the inevitable men hobby there: guns. As a Dutch man, guns are nowhere to be found in my surroundings. Virtually nobody owns a gun where I’m from and flaunting it is highly frowned upon. Of course, when writing a blog about visiting the Midwest, you can’t do without the pictures.
The pictures that come with this post are made in two different settings, of which the latter was most interesting. My girlfriend wanted to attend a baby shower and had to leave me somewhere. Luckily, the man of the house had anticipated on a babysitting role and had provided his property for the boys to go play on.
A variety of hand guns and rifles was laid out for me to try. Being helped and properly instructed, I fired every type. I wish I could name them to you, but I have forgotten all their names and traits. I was better at it than I had expected to be, but nothing spectacular really happened. A few things I still don’t get though:
- First of all, as I said, there was a variety of guns and some guys had brought their own. Among the guns I saw two slingshots laying there. I figured joking about it would not help me blend in, but can somebody explain to me why slingshots are cool too?
- Secondly, why so many? I can see how you’d need a gun in a country that hands them out to criminals, but since you’ve got only two hands, more than two guns seems rather redundant.
- Finally, when talking about the deer hunt, guns aren’t cool. My country may be without guns, but we kill our deer, while blindfolded, with a sharp pencil, our bare hands and two marshmallows. Who needs a gun to kill a deer?