A few more people have changed their minds. A young lady that attends our church just graduated from the local university here. She is from the island of Nevis in the West Indies and 32 members of her family/relatives had flown in to attend her graduation and to celebrate the event. A couple of weeks ago she asked me if she could bring her family out to the ranch to learn how to "skeet shoot"... and possibly look at some pistol basics. I told her I would be pleased to accommodate them and that I would provide lunch as well. The group ranged in age from 8 yrs. old to about 60...with most being in their in mid to late 20's. None had ever handled a firearm of any type... but were most eager to participate (with the exception of two). Two of the ladies indicated that they did not want to shoot...and one of them flatly stated that she did not like guns but would remain with the family as a spectator. I told her with all sincerity that I respected her position and that if at any time she should change her mind and wish to join us....to please let me know. I'm pretty hardline when it comes to gun safety...and after laying down the law and demonstrating some of the basics we began shooting. About an hour into the skeet shoot during a "water break" both of the ladies that expressed "reservations" approached me and said they would "give it a try". Before starting, I told both of them privately...that it was not my intention to try to sway their beliefs about guns, gun owners, or the use of guns for either good or bad. I told both.. that I would provide the firearms, the ammo, the instruction, and my friendship...and let them decide at the end of the day how the recreational use of firearms fits into their thinking. On their Island.. it is illegal to own a firearm unless you own a business, can prove you have a need, and become licensed first. I was not surprised to see the young men in the group readily accept an invitation to shoot, but even for them...I believe it remained more a "novelty" than anything else. However, in the case of the one woman...(she told me before leaving) she changed her mind about what she thought guns "and the people that use them" were all about. For me....this made it all worthwhile. No, she is not a "gun advocate" now by any means....and I wouldn't want her to be (based on one experience). I was proud to see her display intellectual honesty, and put aside preconceived notions though. I'm certain that some here are going to point out the "bad things" that some people choose to do with firearms. Well, I am well aware of those too...so I can spare you the trouble. But, if you look across America...I think you'll find the vast majority of firearms owners using them legally and responsibly (without the need for over 22,000 gun laws). Anyway.....all went well here, and all had an enjoyable time. Just thought I'd share this, and take a good natured jab at some of the anti's. Cheers guys!