FOR MOST of my life, I've been pretty much a "make love, not war" type of North Jersey woman. The very thought of owning, much less firing, a gun was as far from my mind-set as voting for a Republican or rooting for the Boston Red Sox.
So why did I enroll in a National Rifle Association basic pistol class?
I was pretty disgusted with all of the vitriol spewed last summer by the more extreme right-wing politicians, some of whom urged their supporters to become "armed and dangerous." With all of the shouts from the Tea Party crowd about "taking our country back," I thought, "It's my country, too, and I like it just fine the way it is."
Democrats, especially liberal ones, have always had a reputation for being weak. To add to this insult, I found myself (well, my car, anyway) becoming a target of Tea Party sympathizers because of my Obama/Biden bumper sticker. After emerging from the Stop & Shop in Dumont several months ago, I found a flyer tucked beneath the windshield wiper of my car declaring: "The owner of this car owes everyone an apology for supporting the Marxist Obama."
Enough of this already, I thought. It was time for this liberal to become "armed and dangerous," too.Lesson in tolerance
In addition to my newfound sense of empowerment by keeping cool and steady as shell casings flew around my head and the acrid stench of gun powder invaded my nostrils, I learned (or more accurately, relearned) another valuable lesson about stereotyping people, whether they are liberal Democrats or NRA members. The group of NRA instructors who taught our class were the nicest, most patient and professional people one could hope to meet under any circumstances. They taught me to respect the power of a gun and the importance of using it wisely.
But just in case I run into any more flier-wielding right-wingers at the Stop & Shop, I am prepared. I now have an NRA bumper sticker right next to Obama/Biden.
I guess that's a cute story with some interesting ideas, but the comments were what I enjoyed the most. Here's the first one.
Saturday June 12, 2010, 9:04 AM - JGrace says:
what a pin head , what a constitutional dunce.What a Liberal hypocrite !!!! How can you support the infringers of the right to keep and carry arms Hussain and Bozo the Clown Biden?
Doesn't it often seem that liberals are nice and conservatives are mean? The cuteness of the story and its almost fairy-tale sense leads me to ask that kind of overly-simplified question.
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