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Attila the Pun
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
 
Shooting from the lip

An amusing article in Slate shows why some people are such fans of banning things - its not because they think they are inherently wrong, but because they are scared that they might like them.

Emily Yoffe rocks up to a shooting range in her Volvo, radio tuned to NPR. What happens next is nothing short of an epiphany:

The human hand feels like it was designed to handle a pistol. It feels as natural as a shot glass or a cigarette, and I suddenly understood why we have a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (or the Bureau of Things You Like To Fool With That Can Be Bad).

She has a crack with a shotgun, a .38 Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver, Beretta 92FS semi-auto and finally, the instructor's Sig Sauer P226. Even the NPR producer with her ends up wanting to have a go:

After I emptied the semi, Dianna came up hesitantly. "Umm, how hard would it be for me to umm, shoot a few rounds?" she asked Ricardo. I said, "I told you so."

"Well, you look like such a badass doing it, I want to try," she explained.

And for any guys out there thinking of taking up shooting:

Before I slinked back to my now-embarrassing Volvo, I stopped to watch two men shooting. They were fast and fluid and the targets shattered one after another. I am happily married, but I found myself thinking these two—whose faces I couldn't even make out—were awfully attractive.

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