Oh goody, topics just keep falling into my hands! Today I watched on the news where a N.J. Family had child welfare and the police show up to their home after the father posted a proud photo of his son with his .22 hunting rifle that happens to be in a tactical chassis. Tactical chassis you may ask? Correct, I reply. The outward appearance of a firearm has little to do with the true action or nature. There is a barrel, a receiver, a trigger, a stock and generally some form of sights. Magic has been revealed!


 



Oh goody, topics just keep falling into my hands! Today I watched on the news where a N.J. Family had child welfare and the police show up to their home after the father posted a proud photo of his son with his .22 hunting rifle that happens to be in a tactical chassis. Tactical chassis you may ask? Correct, I reply. The outward appearance of a firearm has little to do with the true action or nature. There is a barrel, a receiver, a trigger, a stock and generally some form of sights. Magic has been revealed!



I remember back in my youth when the guys in my neighborhood liked to take the fiberglass bodies of race cars and put them onto the frame of a standard car, thereby giving the appearance of a fancy expensive race car, while in all reality, just being a family car converted. It gave them great joy even though in the end, it was just a different chassis on mom’s old car. It is that simple.



If this boy had his photo taken with a Ruger 10/22 basic rifle (by far one of the most loved and owned .22 rifles in history) there would have been little to no issue. The chassis shown in this boy’s family photo is similar to an AR-15 style, but it is all composite and does nothing for the performance of the rifle; it is just for show. Are we going to start telling people that can’t be proud of showing off things they enjoy? This is still America, right?



Most women don’t run around clad in leather pants and four inch heals but they should still have the right, shouldn’t they? Doesn’t change the person — unless of course they twist an ankle and then they are a wounded person! Ha.



I remember my stepfather taking two weeks a year and heading up to Maineto his hunting lodge with all of his buddies in hopes of returning with enough venison to fill our freezer. No one worried about their gun safety. In fact, most people appreciated that they had all learned at a young age, most from their father’s, uncles or grandfathers. It was a tradition for the young men in the family to trek along, (the girls were invited too but most of us decided it was more important to listen to our Walkmans and go roller-skating). It was a time-honored rite of passage, and it still is today.



It is our right as human beings to ask questions, and that is what everyone should do as often as possible. If something frightens you or concerns you, ask someone who can give you an honest answer. Information obtained through the Internet is a great, but it does not always project the truth.



 Like my son constantly reminds me, “Mom, there are opinions and there are facts. Know the difference,” Such a smart boy.



 



Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.



 



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