I hope this post does not irritate anyone.
I joined this forum looking for concurring, and like minded folks, and to be honest, I hope to make some new friends here.
The purpose of my post is to revitalize, or "update" what it means to be a "Newbie" in the year 2020.
I am hoping to engage everyone on these forums in this discussion.
"Newbies" has taken on a new meaning.
I ask all you seasoned experts to accept and acknowledge that fact.
Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.
I have lurked these forums for years.
I believe this forum is a great source for informed and experienced information.
I am a devout 2nd Amendment fan. Always have been, always will be.
I'll be 56 years old next month. I've lived on Long Island my entire life.
My history with firearms is that I didn't own my own gun till 3 years ago, when I bought a 12 gauge, 18.5" barrel shotgun for a "home defense" weapon.
I assure you, I know how to use it for that purpose.
I have had big game hunting licenses' over a dozen times in my life.
I borrowed long guns for those hunting seasons, because I had the means to do so.
I know how to operate most "typical" rifles or shotguns. I also am fully aware of what I don't know. I am no expert.
I have taken multiple classes for firearm safety.
I also have shot many handguns over the years, again, because I had the means.
I enjoy shooting.
In similar ways to the way I enjoy darts, pool, bowling, etc.
I also admit I never felt the need to have a firearm in my home to protect myself, and my family (or my country).
Until the past few years.
I never applied for a pistol license, or never bought a long gun (until 3 years ago), because I always made the personal choice that it wasn't "necessary".
I stand by that choice.
Again, until the past few years.
I have started the process for my pistol license.
The purpose of this post is this:
So many of the topics in the "Newbies Unite" section are dated back to 2017.
Things have changed SO drastically in the past three years.
I want to encourage "newbies" to post concerns/questions, etc, but i also ask:
All you seasoned, experienced gun owners:
In decades past; newcomers were treated accordingly. Pay your dues. Shut up and listen. Do a search. Take some professional training.
ALL good, sound, and correct advice.
I ask you to consider our current times.
I consider myself a patriot in the truest definition of the word.
Many of us are coming around.
We NEED the advice and experience of the EXPERTS.
Be receptive. Teach us. Take advantage of the opportunity to add to the ranks in the proper way.