Yesterday I had the chance to enjoy something that I did when I was a kid – shoot guns! Back in elementary school it was mainly BB-guns but fun nonetheless to target shoot aluminum cans in the back yard. Growing up in Bien Hoa (Air Base) prior to 1975, we had military guns and ammo laying all over the barracks and in the units where we slept. My dad taught me how to respect dangerous weapons, but he was always very careful about locking things up as well – safety first!
I felt a bit skeptical blogging on this subject simply because of all the controversy these days around gun control, and the senseless shootings in random locations across the US and the world. I come at this subject only from the standpoint of bringing awareness to gun education and safety first! Like it or not, guns are everywhere around us in America – respect it, and don’t mishandle it. How you view everything else on this matter is up to you and I respect that.
So on Thursday I had some free time and gave Allen a call. Allen is a friend I met earlier this year and we have become close through common interests. He happens to really enjoy guns even more so than I enjoy boating and fishing (we both love outdoors activities). He also happens to be one of the best dress friends I have and this includes dressing up like a million bucks to go shooting at the range on a wet Thursday afternoon.
It has been a while since I shot a real gun so Allen took me through all the safety procedures on how to handle a gun, load ammo, stance, grip and so on. I didn’t do as well as I wanted, but seeing Allen… wow! Allen was amazing with his precision and repeated accuracy. He gave me much needed coaching and advice so I will stick to practicing. One of the things I liked about shooting as a boy was that it was relaxing. Similar to fishing, when a guy is focused on something that he enjoys, everything else just fades away for a little bit – it's very therapeutic. Let’s just say I had a very therapeutic session with Allen at the gun range this week! Thanks brotha!
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
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