After yesterday’s post went up, I went to my Facebook page to do a little promotion about it and the Gun Digest site and on-line store. I got some pretty nice feedback, but one Facebook friend in particular struck a chord in me.
The fellow was a South Africa resident, and he wrote to tell me that he liked my post and the GunDigest.com site, but that he wished folks where he was were more enthusiastic about such subject matter. I replied that surely there were plenty of folks there who loved to hunt and had as much appreciation for guns as we Americans did. His reply to that came back immediately:
There are quite a few people with a real interest in firearms, but not remotely enough, especially in the 18 – 30 age group, and the government and our new gun laws make it extremely difficult for first-time gun owners. Some folks wait up to two years for their licences/permits! That, in its own right, discourages people to own a firearm. We’re having a serious and ongoing battle in SA!
I won’t soapbox this too long, but that kind of input should stop all of us U.S. gun owners in our tracks occasionally and make us take a solid look at just how good we have it. How good? When you open up your mail tonight and see your new concealed carry permit, remember just a few night classes and a 20-minute range test gave you the ability to legally protect yourself away from home. And when you go to Wal-Mart to buy this year’s hunting license, remember that it took a “whole” weekend of hunters’ safety instruction to grant you that privilege. And, finally, the next time you buy a gun, even if you have to wait five days or seven days or 30, remember you’re not in South Africa and only hoping your permit might show up in the year or two. ‘Nuff said?
About the Author: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.
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