By Jonathan Shu
Gun ownership is a United States citizen’s right in our country. Unfortunately, there is a stigma in certain states about guns that goes far beyond reason.
Some background on me, is I was born in Taiwan and was adopted at an early age and came to California. In Boy Scouts, we learned many different skills including archery and firearms. I remember shooting a bolt action .22 at a camp when I was a child.
During high school, I recall our nerdy group of friends purchased airsoft guns and chased each other around with these plastic bb guns. I also shot my Dad’s pellet gun when negotiating avocado fruit rights with vermin.
Out of high school, I started paying more attention to the news. There were many terrible stories about mass shootings which consequently led to more “gun control” in the state/region. Here in the State of California, we have some of the strictest laws of the country, which limits us on everything including 10 round magazines, what firearms are even purchasable, and even documenting how much and what ammo we purchase.
The news also made it seem there were many out-of-control gun owners. I remember fearing being a gun owner and defending my own home and family due to the strict laws California instated such as CALCRIM #506, where in the court of law, a defendant must prove firing a gun is justifiable beyond just a criminal breaking into our homes.
For many years, I did not purchase a firearm and referenced this law as the main reason why I did not purchase a firearm to defend myself in my own home.
But times have changed. More laws passed for criminals to become emboldened. Social unrest was apparent and the world was realizing COVID-19. The idea of “Defund(ing) Police” was happening and the news reported long wait times for police response or that no help ever showed up. Market shelves were emptied of necessities and… toilet paper. Asians were being randomly attacked due to COVID-19 possibly being from China.
I started to realize, here in Southern California, we may have to fend for ourselves in the instance of a break-in, and that no help would arrive in time. It was time to purchase my first firearm.
Many of us, if not all, have watched Western movies. Perhaps my choice for my first firearm was because of Jackie Chan’s Shanghai Noon Western movie with Owen Wilson. I am sure you can guess, but my first firearm choice was a revolver. I ended up purchasing the Ruger Wrangler.
And so begins my history of gun ownership.