A Maderan related this story, and it’s worth repeating. He and a friend visited The Range last week to do a little target shooting. The Range is a privately owned shooting gallery off Shaw Avenue in Fresno. Various law-enforcement agencies use it for firearms training, and plunkers by the dozens show up to fire at targets and keep their skills active.
This was the same week that the news was filled with stories about the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old who was shot to death by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., as Martin was heading home from a visit to a convenience store. The Neighborhood Watch guy, 28-yearold George Zimmerman, wasn’t arrested because Florida has a “stand your ground” law which provides immunity to people who use deadly force, inside the home or outside.
Zimmerman claimed he was attacked by Martin, and that was why he shot the young man.
California’s gun laws are more restrictive. Yes, you can use deadly force in California against someone who comes at you, especially in your home or business. But be sure you have done all you can to get rid of your attacker first without shooting him or whacking off his head with a sword.
But all that aside, here is what was happening at The Range: The place was packed, mostly with women, shooting 38-caliber and bigger weapons.
The Maderan asked a clerk whether there was always that many women there shooting. The clerk answered that more women seemed to be coming in because there seemed to be more gunplay in Fresno, and they didn’t want to be without protection. And he also said the Trayvon Martin story was on a lot of minds, too.
He said the people who go to The Range do so because they want to practice skills and be able to protect themselves properly and legally.
Meanwhile, Ruger Arms apparently has stopped accepting new orders for their popular handguns because they have such a huge backlog to fill.
It would seem that shooting in California, and in America, is as popular as ever.