FF: Have you ever fired a gun?
Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.
FF: The whole family?
Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. And I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations. And I think those who dismiss that out of hand make a big mistake.
Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.
So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.
Yeah, gun control advocates are so good at listening aren’t they? Look at Adam Kokesh’s video below for the listening example.
I do a little skeet shooting myself. Old Trooper and TSO saw me dominate the Hillbilly Hunt Club shoot out last year. But it’s the first time I’ve done that in more than 30 years. Shooting skeet isn’t much of a gun sport actually – it’s standing there while someone throws a target for you (I’m sure that Camp David has a machine for that, though). Once you figure out the mechanics of it, shooting skeet is easy – easier than shooting at a bird.
But, then, I doubt that Obama has shot any skeet, anyway. We would have seen photos by now if he had. He’s just trying to assuage our fears by chumming up to us with his shared experience.