A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Another Shooter is Born

There is compelling evidence that the origins of gun control in the United States is racism. It is a shame that even today, many responsible black citizens are brainwashed by the established minority advocacy organizations that are vehemently anti-gun. Courtesy Oleg VolkLike all my students, I refused to take QJ shooting until he could recite the Four Rules. Yesterday, he approached me and spouted them off, and we went to Wal-Mart to buy a bulk pack of Federal 22 Long Rifle ammo.

QJ was rather amazed that he could just buy ammunition, a question of whether it was for a handgun or a rifle, a few bucks, and we were on our way to familiarizing him with the pistol he would shoot in the morning. QJ felt the need to learn to use a gun for self defense. We had talked about him getting a CCW permit, and set that, along with effective skills and marksmanship with a firearm as his goal.

Last night I thought about how strange it was that QJ did not know his rights guaranteed by the Constitution. He is a good and productive American. He had served, a proud Air Force man. He had defended the ideals enshrined in the US Constitution. Yet he had not taken advantage of them himself. He simply was unaware that he could.

We met at McDonalds this morning, and discussed his goals and the Four Rules again over egg mcmuffins and hash browns. We also discussed the safety rules governing the range. I had stuffed my stainless Ruger MKII in the range bag, and I planned to put QJ on my usual program of learning to shoot.

I started QJ out at seven yards, and at first he was very stiff. He wanted desperately to do things right, to not violate any range rule. His head was swarming with thoughts. But as he shot, and watched other people shoot, he became more comfortable and loosened up. Then he had an epiphany. He realized that he must align the top of the sights as well as place the front sight in the notch of the rear. Suddenly, he was in the black, then blasting a ragged hole, and he was hooked.

He was obviously feeling more empowered. During a cold range break I suggested that QJ might want to place a 22 pistol that I knew about at Neil's Pawn Shop on layaway. "That way you can come back and shoot on your own time, you won't need me," I told him.

"Sure, I'll buy it if it's a good deal, but I want to keep it at your house," he responded.

"What?!! Why?"

"I don't want it in my house until I have the papers to be legal," he stated firmly.

"Q, you are not a felon or a nutcase. You are a free man. This is a free state in a free country. You don't need to have 'papers' to own a gun and keep it in your home," I informed him.


"Really. This is your birthright QJ, you are an American. There are some politicians who would take away your right to own a gun if they could, but you can help gun owners keep them out of office and preserve these rights for everyone if you wish."

We shot some more, reinforcing the basics. Finally QJ was ready. "We will have to go by the ATM," he said.

We walked into Neil's Pawn Shop together, Click to enlargeand we asked to see the Browning Buckmark under the counter. It was in like new condition, although the plastic box was missing. Neil was wanting $219 for it. "New shooter discount?" I asked. Neil smirked. He knew the price was fair. QJ placed the pistol on lay away, and we talked a bit more in the parking lot. QJ was still trying to mentally grasp what had just happened. The wheels in his head were spinning at breakneck speed, gaining traction in freedom and leaving the shackles of imagined oppression behind.

Welcome to the free world Q, it is now up to you to help us keep it free.

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Blogger Don Gwinn said...

Fight to keep your state free at all costs. That's a story that can't happen in Illinois, and that's one of the reasons the antis fight so hard for the FOID law. They don't want anyone to be able to learn the rules, go to the range a time or two, and go buy a gun just like that.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Hobie said...

Hoorah for a US Air Force veteran! You (or perhaps QJ) ought to post about his development as a shooter.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Cossack in a Kilt said...

You rock, Xavier.

And I suspect QJ will rock, too.

5:01 PM  
Blogger Geoff said...

That story gave me the warm fuzzies. Now I gotta find a new student.

5:40 PM  
Blogger JAFO said...

It's a beautiful thing, Xav, what you've done.

Keep it up sir!

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Q!

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Amy said...

I thought you had to have papers before you could have a gun. Or live out in the country. Kinda like firecrakers. Silly, huh?

7:13 PM  
Blogger Broadsword said...

Yes, a beautiful thing you've done. Mayve even the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

7:14 PM  
Blogger JAFO said...

Q's feeling on this aren't too far from my own about a year ago.

I did 6 years in the Army. In the INFANTRY. You know, the crazy f%%%ers that run around with guns and explosives shooting at people?

Got out in 94. Several times since, I thought about getting a gun. Always thought that somehow, black helicopters would pop out of nowhere, a tac team would fastrope into the parking lot, and take me off to Der Gulag if I even tried.

Oh yeah- I've got clearances and stuff, for my work. So I'm apparently a Good Guy.

Even so, last (was it August?) when I bought my first sidearm, I sat there just about turning blue when they took my 4473 to call it in. Is that a heli I hear in the distance? A siren? WHAT? I'm approved, that easy?!?

I can completely relate to Q's feelings. I still get a bit... giddy... even when I purchase a firearm these days and just present my weapons license in lieu of a phone call to NICS

7:35 PM  
Blogger Hyunchback said...

Another American brought into the Light of freedom, saved from the shackles of Darkness, oppression and socialism.

Let us hope that your new shooter can bring another with him someday.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Carl H said...

Another tip of the old chapeau, Xavier. A nation of free citizens, one gun owner at a time.

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...


9:37 PM  
Anonymous angus lincoln said...

I hope some day your friend QJ feels confident enough to teach others the same way you taught him. I sense that there are more and more people out there beginning to see the advantages of gun ownership as well as appreciating this great country despite the political overtones lately.That feather looks nice on your hat Xavier!

9:40 PM  
Blogger DouginSalcha said...


CONGRATULATIONS! Now that you're on the way, keep up the journey. Best Wishes...


I second "Cossack's" comment, you do indeed, "Rock".

Thank you...

11:54 PM  
OpenID tomcatshanger said...

I've introduced a few folks to firearms ownership, and shooting in general. I've talked openly with even more folks.

And I'm constantly amazed that folks believe they need a license or government approval (besides the background check, which is a form of government approval isn't it?) to own or buy a firearm in Texas, USA.

Trips me right out. My best response is to ask them if they needed permision to buy their car.

11:55 PM  
Blogger PresterSean said...

Congrats QJ! And Thanks Xavier!

My Buckmark was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

2:13 AM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

Give man fire and he's warm for a day
Set a man on fire and he's warm for the rest of his life...
Thanx for passing on the fire.
Urban shooter has a lot to say on this topic...

4:07 AM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

okay whats the story w/the comment
"I purchase a firearm these days and just present my weapons license in lieu of a phone call to NICS"
how many states is that true in?

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some states, I think Texas is one, accept a CCW permit in lieu of NICS.

4:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:14 AM  
Blogger JAFO said...


it's true- in SC, all I have to do as a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit holder is to present my license and I don't have to have the seller call NICS to see if I'm ok to have the weapon. It marks me as one of the "good guys"

11:46 AM  
Blogger MauserMedic said...

The Air Force, in my experience, tends to the left in how they treat their people in regards to weapons. Not that the Army is particularly encouraging of private ownership, but since it's mandatory for quite a few of us to shoot at least once a year....

I first noticed this Rapid City, SD, dropping off some Army personnel at one of the Air Force's facilities. Seeing a 3x4 foot glass encased bulletin board full of papers warning about the dangers of gun ownership, courtesy of the descendants of HCI, was shocking to me in a military facility. I can see why quite a few of their people would think it's more complicated than it is (or at least should be in some states).

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Bad Voodoo @ SF Bay Area said...

Is voting literacy part of your education, X?

Sounds like QJ is just the kind of guy we need to participate in the offensive against the hyper-socialism that's sure to develop under an Obama administration. I shudder to think of the 180 degree turn the makeup of our Supreme Court will take without a broader public enlightenment of those consequences, similar to that QJ just experienced at your hand.

Thank you!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I won't tell a man how to vote, but i will steer him towards information so he can make an informed decision.

I have a feeling Q will vote for his new gun.

5:09 PM  
Blogger Chris M said...

Congratulations, Xavier.

My son and I met an older couple who were sighting in deer rifles at our local range Saturday. It was a joy to introduce the lady to self-loading pistols and see the smile on her fact. But I imagine our joy was as nothing compared to the pleasure of awakening a man to the rights that he's never realized are his. That's like handing a pauper the keys to a treasure house and saying, It's yours, it's always been yours. Enjoy."

5:50 PM  
Blogger TheBronze said...

Sadly, there are millions of people that are as uninformed as QJ was.

X, you're doing the Lord's work.

God bless you.

6:32 PM  
Anonymous Terry said...

Gun control is not racist. That is the silliest thing I ever heard of.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dred Scott supreme court decision and subsequent passings of laws suggest otherwise, terry.

The court case basically stated that blacks couldn't be considered as "people", because then black people would have to be recognized as possessing all the "God-given inalienable rights" white folks possessed.

... specifically, the right to keep and bear arms.

Gun control [i]is[/i] racist.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that he has approached this in a most responsible manner for that reinforces his intent. I love that the layers of mis-information are being peeled away. I hope he will now become comfortable as a bearer of arms in the United States and as such he also becomes a conduit to others--in teaching their rights should be understood and exercised beyond what much of the media and many of the politicians spew. Thank-you for being a mentor.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

Good job X!

Q, I have the same Buckmark and love it. It is inexpensive to feed and loads of fun to shoot.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go QJ! You too XB!

5:44 AM  
Blogger ORLCS said...

What a wonderful story to top off a wonderful day.

Good on ya both.



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