Who else here came from a politically liberal family and a part of the country in which guns were never seen or used, and thus has never fired a gun? The sheer explosive power of a gun scares me, in the same way that the first time you sat behind the wheel at sixteen you were suddenly overwhelmed by the power of a car, and panicked with the sense that you could easily kill someone and weren't sure you could control it. I am guessing that, as with the new driver analogy, there is a virgin factor here, and that once you get over that initial fear and start doing it, with instruction, you'll feel more in control. But while I would like to go to the local range and start learning because I am becoming increasingly concerned for my safety, I do have that newbie fear of the explosive power of a gun. Go ahead, accuse me of having vaginitis, but I'm hoping someone here has been through this and can offer some useful tips.