Freedom is Best Learned Young

Freedom is Best Learned Young

Meet Becky and Mark Yackley with their sons Tim, Sean and Andrew. They travel and compete as a family. In 2016, Becky also started a camp for kids called 2A Heritage. Shooting is a discipline that, to do well, takes self-control and training. First comes the important safety training, but then comes learning to hit moving clay targets and attaining the skills to shoot tight groups on paper or to hit steel quickly and accurately. These disciplines shape us and influence our understanding of this very practical American freedom. It’s when they look back that experienced gun owners realize their view of guns, and of our Second Amendment, has been molded on the range. Realizing this then makes it clearer that the next generation must also be introduced to this freedom, and thereby molded by honest, real experiences—not the mainstream media’s spin. Many are now getting this opportunity. During this past year, millions of Americans bought their first gun and so have taken their first steps into understanding this hands-on freedom. With good instruction, trepidation soon becomes confidence, and uncertainty gives way to enjoyment. This transformation is especially evident in the young. When Benjamin D’Angelo decided on a whim four years ago to join his church group for his first-ever trip to a gun range, he didn’t anticipate how it would change his life. Benjamin D’Angelo balances his time on the range with his aerospace engineering studies. “I like problem-solving and thinking outside the box,” said the 18-year-old competitive […]

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