Shooting a Bird

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Experiment

Sometime after I received my BB gun as a present I had the bright idea of seeing how close I could come to shooting a bird. The animal was at least 40 feet away, I was never really going to hit it. The distance made the shot almost impossible with a spring action.

Because the projectile would be moving so slowly, I figured I would have to aim about 2 feet higher than my target (which I’d never hit). I remember aiming, pulling the trigger and watching the BB all the way in.

Tango Down

To my horror I actually hit the poor bird on the first shot. It fell dead from it’s perch without a struggle. In shock, I walked over to the animal. I didn’t really want to kill it, just wanted to see how close I could come (I know, silly). Instead there was a lifeless bird at my feet. This was the first animal I had ever killed.

Cover Up

My parents had given me instructions to never aim my gun at anything living (animal or human). Immediately I realized that I would have to hide the evidence.  That was easy because I lived in a woods. One throw was all it took. The implications of my actions however, were much harder to get rid of.

Consequences

I realized how quickly it happened without much prior thought at all. One pull of the trigger ended life. This taking of a bird’s life may not be important to you, but I actually loved animals of all sorts.

I couldn’t have been much older than 10, but I started to realize that the taking of life was not a small thing. God created this precious thing and I destroyed it for no good reason other than to test my aim. I swore I would not kill again unless it was needed.

I’m not against killing. I eat meat on a regular basis, so I’m absolutely ok with all you hunters out there. But I personally don’t want to kill without good reason.

The Moral of the Story

This simple story is a lesson for me now that I’m an adult. It reminds me that I have a responsibility to make the right decision when it comes to carrying a deadly weapon. One pull of the trigger could drastically, immediately and irreversibly change my life and the lives of others.

I want to be sure I’m not taking life unnecessarily. I pray God gives me good judgment when it comes to the defense of myself, my family and others.

P.S. Mom and Dad, If you are reading this, I’m sorry I never told you. I learned my lesson.

Question

Have you ever done anything with a BB gun without first thinking about the consequences?

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