Gun Control

Figure 1 – Gun

I know this is a sensitive subject which needs to be handled with care.  I also realise it’s an issue which some of my American readers in particular may find divisive.  

However, despite the heated – sometimes very heated nature of the debate it still deserves to be given attention and I’m not going to shy away from a topic just because it could get me killed.  True journalism is brave. I’m not looking for hero status, it’s just part of the job. Read on:

Having researched the issue and listened to arguments from all sides, I have discovered that, surprisingly, there already is a tried and tested, actually proven, solution.   It seems very clear, obvious even, and it’s strange to me that this issue has become so politicised over the years.  Let’s look at some facts:

When it comes to gun control there are actually 5 fundamental elements to consider:

  1. Aim: Align your sight with the target. Keep both eyes open to ease focusing and reduce eye strain.  Keep your aiming time brief. 
  2. Control Your Breathing: Your breathing can move the firearm just enough to throw off your shot.  When you’re ready to shoot, draw a deep breath and exhale about half of it.  Hold your breath as you squeeze the trigger.
  3. Hold Your Aim: Learning to hold the firearm steady is a challenge. Rather than attempting to eliminate all movement, try to focus any necessary movement on the target to minimise the area of movement.
  4. Squeeze the Trigger: Jerking the trigger or abruptly clenching the trigger hand can move the gun enough to cause a miss.  To squeeze the trigger without jarring the gun, simply apply slow, steady pressure until the gun fires.
  5. Follow Through: After the bullet fires, be sure to continue the squeeze or follow-through to avoid jerking the gun before the bullet leaves the barrel.

One commonly used gun control technique is the B.R.A.S.S. technique. It stands for:

Breathe; Relax; Aim; Squeeze the trigger; Squeeze more (for follow-through)

I hope this helps to clarify the issue for some, or at least opens it up for further debate.  Open dialogue is vital for democracy. And democracy is a system of government by the whole population, or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.

“When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.”

Eric Cantona

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