BL: So, what sort of a gun do you use when you’re deer hunting?
SB: A deer rifle.
BL: Ah, okay. You’re talking to someone that has no clue about this sort of thing. (we’re all laughing)
BB: It has a lot to do with the bullets so that it would kill the deer
SB: You’re supposed to use deer rifles. It’s not like a BB gun that spews. It’s just one bullet that goes straight through.
SB: And some have a scope. Mine had a scope. But you usually don’t get anything if you don’t have a scope (laughing) because it’s hard to see.
BL: I’m wondering, given the, without getting too political, even though you’d have to live under a rock not to notice what’s happening lately with all the talk about gun safety. I’m curious to know, from your stand point [as a hunter], do you feel it’s important to have stricter laws passed (such as background checks, registration, training, mental health evaluation)?
SB: Most of the things that are happening are with guns that are semi-automatics and nobody needs a semi-automatic. The only people that need them are the people in the Army and they’re going to war. Really, when you’re hunting, you don’t even need a semi-automatic. If you do, you’re just cheating. Like anybody can go out into the woods with a semi-automatic, you’re gonna kill anything because all you really do is try to aim and you’ll hit it.
BB: Also, then you destroy the animal.
SB: You can’t even use it to eat it.
BL: Oh! I didn’t even think about that!
BB: It’s all shredded and you can’t eat it with all the shrapnel.
SB: The pieces you can eat are usually full of little bullets.
BL: Ewww! Gross!
SB: Honestly, I don’t think there’s any need for those types of guns. Even some of the guns that some people use to hunt, you don’t really need them. All you really need is the standard deer rifle, or a shotgun if you’re hunting turkey or pheasant. Yes, if someone has a mental illness, I don’t think they should have a gun. And the whole point with protecting your family, I get having a gun for that, but you don’t use a semi-automatic for that. There’s no need for anybody to have a semi-automatic at all. Background checks are important and for a hunter you actually have to have a license to get the certain types of hunting guns, which is smart. But for people just protecting their family I think they need a background check to get one.
BB: Skyler had to go through a class.
SB: I took a safety class. My sister and I took it when we were 13 and she was 11, or something. There’s a certain age requirement. My Pappy just waited until my sister was old enough so we could take it together. But you have to get a certain percentage on the test and if you don’t pass it you have to take the course again. You keep taking it until you pass it. Because they obviously want you to have it right. Part of the test is paper where you actually have to respond to multiple choice, but another part is this piece of wood shaped like a gun; it doesn’t do anything, and they throw frisbees out and you have to aim at it. There are people next to you making sure that you’re not turning around with your gun and pointing at someone. There’s that whole part of it for the hunter’s safety course. It’s a test, so people are always nervous. So, they get to see how people react with a gun when you’re nervous. It’s a piece of wood (laughs), but still.
BL: That’s good. I’m glad to hear that.