So, this weekend, I took the girls out shooting again. This time they wanted to learn how to shoot a rifle and not just handgun training. I took them to an outdoor range, outside of the city. Now, I will admit that I should have vetted the place before I brought a group out there for a teaching session, but it came highly recommended. The range was perfect for teaching, but the clientele was an issue.
The ladies were already on edge a bit, because it was outside the city and these were strictly city folks. In fact, most of them do not own a car, because they really did not need one. Then to make matters worse, the range is actually in the back of a huge landfill, and the drive, on a gravel road, was winding and twisted. Scared the sh!t out of them. Then things got worse when we finally arrived. I got them out of our three car caravan, and started unloading our gear. A group of white men, were leaving the range, heading for their trucks. Upon seeing us, they stopped in the middle of the parking lot, threw up there hands, and said " Black people with guns!", and started laughing their asses off.
Now, I have described this group of my wife's work friends as a multicultural, multiracial and highly educated group of women, before. Those men scared the hell out of them, no matter what skin tone they had. They refused to leave the cars, until these men had left. It did not help that some of their gear, and trucks had " Impeach Obama" and other more expressive stickers. They were very much prepared to leave, until the range master came walking up the hill, to make sure these guys had left. He had just kicked them off the rifle range for various idiotic stunts, cross firing, rapid shooting, and just being plain loud, boisterous and stupid.
He helped me talk them out of the car. Though, I think the main impetus was the gorgeous Iraq Vet, that pulled up mere seconds after the guys left. He was very gracious, commanding presence, and built like a super hero. He helped us out with our gear, and even helped teach a few of the ladies how to shoot. I am quite sure he received quite a few numbers, and invitations that day. I think my wife might have given him her number.
In writing this, I googled " Black people with guns.' and " Black women with guns", in search of images. They were not positive images. I then googled " women with guns", and I got what can only be described as gun porno. So I googled, "white people with guns", and got a mixed bag of positive, negative and bizzare images, like the one below. I also found a video embedded in an article entitled "A Brief History Of White People In the USA", at http://samuel-warde.com/2013/02/a-brief-history-of-white-people-in-the-usa-video/ .
Breif history of the USA cartoon by Michael Moore