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The First 2016 Olympic Medal Went to America for Shooting

2016 olympicsIf you haven't been paying attention to the Olympics this summer you might have read the above headline and thought I was being sarcastic. I'm not.

Ginny Thrasher from West Virginia has brought home the first Gold Medal of the games in the 10 meter air rifle event. I was watching this one closely because one of her teammates is a member of my gun club here in Colorado. Congratulations to all the Olympians and medal winners!

As I was watching and enjoying this event of the Olympics I considered how ironic it is that in the world's most united athletic competition (perhaps 2nd to the World Cup) we still all get together to see who is the most accurate shooter. Both summer and winter games include some form of shooting guns.

America is looked at in international circles as having a “gun problem.” This is NOT because we have the worst crime rates or even the worst rates of violent crime because in fact we don't. There are MANY civilized countries who have worse violent crime rates than we do. We have the reputation of the gun problem because when we have mass murder events in our country they happen to involve a gun while in other countries when they have mass murder events it less often includes guns… because guns are most illegal in those countries.

You might be surprised to hear me say it but I have no doubt that if we made guns illegal and confiscated all of them in America we would indeed have significantly less gun violence and gun related homicides. It makes perfect sense. But that does NOT mean we would have less violent people or less people who are mentally ill or less people who abuse their spouses and children.

Getting rid of guns would not eliminate the human problem and worse; it would leave the good people perfectly defenseless from the criminals and predators that lurk in our communities. That is something that we cannot have.


5 Responses to The First 2016 Olympic Medal Went to America for Shooting

  1. John Krause August 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

    dear ginny thrasher, USA OLYMPIAN: Congratulations! I believe I ‘m speaking for all of us firearm enthusiasts out here. Wish you continued success in all that you do and WE’RE all very proud our girl in Rio. Thank you

  2. michael August 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    WAY TO GO GINNY! All of America is very proud of you for showing the world that shooting is still America’s #1 sport & Your #1 in the world. THANKS GINNY KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

  3. GG August 8, 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    Well done Ginny! We are so proud of and for you. Now and forever a Gold Medal Olympian

  4. Wyatt Hoffman August 8, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Do NOT be surprised if she wins another in 3-position rifle ! As a freshman this past year she won the NCAA championship in smallbore AND air rifle, the first EVER freshman to do so ! She shoots for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and helped them bring home their 4th consecutive NCAA rifle championship in March 2016.

    Ginny, after watching you shoot in the championships in Akron, I’m not the least bit surprised by your gold medal. Congratulations and Go Mountaineers !

  5. James Slack August 9, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    Congratulation Ginny. You did yourself proud as well as our great country the USA. Keep up the good work and keep shooting and be safe

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