July 28, 2008
Anti-gun nut Dawn Summers went shooting while I was in Italy. And she found that she quite liked it:
I was so surprised about how calming shooting was. I always imagined guns to be weapons of furious anger. It’s how they’re portrayed in all the shoot em up movies, anyway. Someone pisses you off, you get your gun and you give them what for. But the real life thing is just the opposite. You’ve got to be perfectly still, your eye trained on your single spot in the distance, and you’ve somehow got to squeeze the trigger without moving an inch. Anger could never shoot straight. Standing at the head of the range, a rifle on my shoulder, earphones blocking out the noise of the world, I marveled at how well suited shooting was to my temperament. I could wait, watch, and then, when everything was just right, I could destroy.