Gunpowder and Lead
One reason I no longer like or own guns is because of all the stupid things you can do with them that seem to make sense at the time. I grew up with guns and I understood proper gun safety, but I rarely practiced it.
Once a friend and I shot bullets past one another’s ears just so we could hear what a bullet sounded like when passing by. Another time I used the stock of a gun to pound in a tent stake and the gun went off.
Once when I was in my 20s I had a 45 caliber flint lock pistol. I wanted to shoot it one night so I went in the basement and set up a target in front of a stack of news papers. I didn’t load it with a big charge since it was indoors. When it shot the large 45 caliber ball hit the bundle of news papers and didn’t have enough power to pierce them so the ball bounced off the stack and came back and hit me in the stomach. It didn’t pierce the skin but I had a welt for a month or so.
It was then that I started to realize that there was a pattern developing and that maybe I should give up my passion for the smell of gun powder.