In Canada, unlike our close neighbours, we don’t have a right to personal handgun firearms. Licenses are available for hunting refiles and shot guns, however hand guns are a no no. I am not to condone the use of firearms for anything other than hunting. But today, for my birthday, I had the opportunity to go to the gun range to try out an selection of standard firearms.

I think what scared me the most was that I might actually like it. It was definitely terrifying to hold something in both hands that could take life away from any living thing so easily. The experience was also emotional. Much of the reasons why I wanted to go was to see what our soldiers go through in war. I know there is no way to compare, but I can see how easy it is to psych people up with that type of machinery in their hands only to brutally injure and take a life away from another.

Watching war movies always pulls at the heart strings. Just hearing the sounds of guns flood the tear ducts. I have respect for what they have to do, but at the same time, the people making the decisions for putting them in that position are the ones to blame.

As for the average person with a firearm for personal protection against their peers…we need to rise above this type of warfare against our peers and join together to overcome our real issues, which won’t be solved with guns.