under His wings - Psalm 91:4
My Dad, who is a super gentle man, taught me how to shoot a rifle when I was young (age 12). We practiced in the pasture on old Folgers coffee cans. His Dad taught him how to shoot. When I worked for the D.A., I had to take weapons training (Glock and AK47); one of the Detectives took me through their basic weapon training course to help me get over my lingering fear of guns (fake house with fake people, so you know how to go around corners and shoot). I know how to shoot, but I would never own a gun myself. I think it is an important skill to have, but I would never feel comfortable owning a gun. I think you have to pray about it and do whatever you feel comfortable with.