After reading the comments to my post about Las Vegas, and reflecting a bit, I realized my so-called score card of gun experiences was a bit overly simplified. I scored twenty to zero, the twenty being negative experiences and the zero being positive ones, or the lack thereof.
Here's the new survey. Whoever is kind enough to respond will be included in the compilation. Three columns: A: bad, B: neutral, C: good.
Column A - Bad will include any first hand experience with a gun that was negative, like the 20 I described before. Included will be not only any killings or shootings but also potential ones. If someone drew down on others in anger or as a threat and you were there, it belongs here. Listed will be illegal possession of firearms by people of questionable competence and responsibility, like my nephew.
Column B - Neutral will be the largest for many folks. Included will be any military or law enforcement training. Listed would be legal gun ownership or even illegal gun ownership by responsible people. Hunting and shooting range experiences will go here.
Column C - Good will be the times when a gun saved the day. Thomas already mentioned some of them to Brit Girl. Included here would be any experience of self defense utilizing a gun, any time of thwarting a crime. If you personally knew that granny in PA who held the burgler until the police arrived, you'd mark her down here.
Now, a couple thoughts before we begin. This doesn't have to be rocket science or perfect in any way; there's no need to over-analyze this thing. Estimations are fine. Columns A and C should get the most attention and accuracy, naturally for comparison purposes.
A. 20 - already described in some detail. Includes the murder of a good friend by his wife, the non-fatal shooting of another buddy when we were 25, I'm counting Tupac because I was at the same red light just the other day and as an example of how loose we can be with this thing. My nephew is on this one, which someone else might put on Column B or C, but I already told you I think he's not responsible enough to own a gun.
B. 2 - Marine Corp training, summer of 1970. I'm counting it a one, but it was a lot more than that as some of you know. And, I had about five or six trips to the shooting range in Indiana using legally owned guns, one of which was used on my friend who made it on Column A.
Please give us your numbers in a comment with as much explanation as you feel comfortable with. Everyone is the judge of his own, but of course we might want to challenge each other about the logic - we've been known to do that.