On day 349 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I learned about gun safety.
Yesterday’s self-care activity involved taking a firearm safety course at the local armory. While I know this topic tends to stir some strong emotions in some, being prepared is important to me. It’s the same reason I renewed my CPR certification and took a self-defense class earlier this year.
I truly hope that I never find myself in a situation where I have to use this knowledge in a practical way, but I want to feel comfortable and competent if I do.
When I entered the classroom, I fully expected to be in the minority. But to my surprise, the class was a near 50-50 split of men and women – and one of the instructors was a woman too.
I learned that some rounds can travel up to 4 miles, reinforcing that anyone who handles a gun – even if it’s just once in a lifetime – needs to have proper training. I learned that firearm laws vary greatly across the US, and I also learned how to best respond to a home invasion.
In addition to the classroom training, we practiced skills around stance, grip, sight alignment, trigger control, and follow through.
While it certainly isn’t for everyone, I found the experience to be a valuable addition to my self-care practice.