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In the movie Gun Crazy, there are many different things desired by many characters. The most obvious desire is that of the main character, Bart Tarre, and his obsession with guns. His only desire in life is to shoot, ever since he was a little boy. His entire life is dictated by guns. The problem is, like driving a car, one has to be taught the right way to do things and that there is a great amount of responsibility that goes along with it. Bart’s life begins with slingshots and BB guns. It isn’t for long and they get him into trouble with the law. He gets his first gun after trading a chipmunk for it as a little boy. He was raised by his older sister and one Christmas she bought him another one that was brand new. This brand new BB gun was his favorite thing in the world. One day he decides to shoot a little baby chick in the yard. Here he has an epiphany. Bart’s life changes. Never again does he want to kill anything. This is proven later as a boy when he has the chance to shoot an old mountain lion that has a bounty on its head. Even as he is being encouraged by his friends, he does not pull the trigger. His desire is to shoot, not to kill. When Bart is a teenager, he breaks into a hardware store and steals a pistol that’s in the window. He doesn’t really have a reason to steal the gun, he just wants it. He makes no excuses in the courtroom. He is dead silent the whole time. His friends and family put up a great case to get him out of trouble, and partially succeed, but Bart is sent to a reform school anyways before joining the army. Even in the military one might think he is a soldier out killing the enemy, but remember Bart’s only desire is to shoot, not to kill. Therefore he is an instructor in the military, teaching soldiers how to shoot. When he gets out of the
Army, he ponders being hired by Remington, a large firearm manufacturer. Once again, his life is dictated by guns, specifically by shooting guns. It is truly all he wants to do with his life. Guns are a piece of ingenuity that are to be respected at all times. They are extremely dangerous and not to be handled carelessly. Bart Tarre is obsessed with them. He believes when he shoots, he feels like he is somebody. The problem with his whole robbery spree is that he never shoots. His life love is the shooting of firearms. Everything he has done in his life up until this point has been dictated by shooting. It doesn’t make sense that he isn’t a gun slinging maniac from hell that shoots everything that moves. This is a weird case because most people who aren’t taught to respect firearms end up misusing them. The Ironic part of this story is Bart shoots a little chick as a boy, and from them on doesn’t want to kill. After Laurie and he are cornered in the mountains, he shoots her so she won’t kill his best friends from his childhood. He doesn’t kill anyone or anything his whole life and then kills his woman of his dreams. Crazy. When a person first reaches the age to drive, it is of no surprise if they have had some driving experience before. Most kids are brought up practicing in the neighborhood to get a feel for it. Drivers Ed. For most kids is not their first rodeo so to speak. The reason parents let their kids try it at a young age is to let them get a feel for it, and to teach them that driving is a huge responsibility. Think of a car as a couple thousand pound piece of metal that you can control. As a child, that is a huge deal. Kids think of a car as a piece of freedom as teenagers. What most don’t realize is that in a flash of a second, a car can be a deadly weapon. Cars probably kill more people in the United States than anything else. For that matter, cars are probably the leading cause of death in the world. The legal age to drive in the U.S. is 16. This might be a little young for most kids because children today are not taught much responsibility at a young age. Back in the day, it wasn’t uncommon for kids to have BB guns or have jobs at an early age. Now, it’s a big deal for a teenager to have a job because their parents make them or
whatever. It’s ridiculous. I got my first real gun when I was about 8 years old. I think I got my 30-06 Savage when I was 12. For those of you that don’t know what kind of firearm that is, one can shoot five or six hundred yards very accurately and consistently with the right bullet and shooter. You can shoot anything from deer to elk with one. This is the kind of responsibility that parents used to teach their kids at that age. Now kids are getting smart phones instead and that’s supposed to suffice as responsibility. This is the reason a lot of kids now turn into dumbasses right away and wreck their new cars or buy drugs or do whatever. It’s because they were not taught how to be responsible as a little kid so it takes them a long time to figure that out. Firearms are no different than the cars on the road. Both are used every day. Both can be used for good things, but they can also be turned into a deadly weapon at the drop of a hat. Guns take a lot care and have no place for thoughtlessness when handling. When I first learned to shoot, I was not allowed to shoot until I showed that I was ready to handle a weapon safely around others. I was taught that there is no room for error and in one second a person’s life can be changed or ended. I took Hunters Safety Class when I was 12 before my first deer season. It is required by N.C. law to get a license to hunt anything. I was taking that class with my father and about 30 other people. All these other people were adults. The funny part of this story is, there is an exam at the end of the week-long class. I think one has to make an 80 or better on the exam and it is 100 questions. I think I missed one. Also, another part of the class was where the instructor had everyone get up and handle a firearm. They had a shotgun that day and every student had to load and unload it. I had been using guns for several years and made the instructors laugh when I operated it like it was no big deal. I can thank my grandfather for this since he taught me how to shoot as a little boy. The way Bart Tarre learned to operate a gun is by no means ideal. However as a viewer one must have grace on him because he grew up in quite the broken home. Being raised by an older sibling
I’m sure is not the easiest thing in the world and I’m sure she didn’t have the time or the knowledge to teach Bart something like how to handle a firearm with care. As the adult of the household she had to work and feed the family. Also, she was never taught the responsibility of owning a firearm I’m sure. With that being said, there isn’t much room to hate on her for the sad outcome of events that followed Bart’s childhood. I do not approve of her methods raising him but she didn’t have much choice since she was so busy all the time. My grandparent’s have a picture on their wall of their house. It says “Responsibility comes with owning a firearm.” and it has a little picture of a boy with a gun. It’s funny because since I was a boy going over there I looked at that picture and thought I was already responsible because I owned a firearm! What nonsense, I know I have a ways to go. Bart got the short end of the stick. He must have drawn the short straw before birth. He loves guns as a boy. The unfortunate thing is that he has no father figure in his life. He has a couple best friends and a older sister to be his mother but nobody else. In 99% of homes where there is a boy who wants to shoot there is a father to teach him how. One would think this is correct but with the divorce rate these days it’s no wonder there is such a high arrest rate for teenage boys. They have no father to teach them to do the right thing. Bart’s life would’ve been much different if he would’ve had a father. His father could have taught him how to shoot. His father could have taught him to respect guns; that guns are not a toy and that they are never to be taken for granted. A gun is like a car. The second they are taken for granted they turn into a weapon and somebody’s life can be taken at any time after that. Somebody doesn’t pay attention and all of a sudden somebody or lots of somebody’s are dead because somebody obviously did not learn to be responsible with their weapon that was in their possession! It all stems from the upbringing of that person. There are no excuses as a parent, but that is a different topic so we won’t get into that.
As I stated before, there is a right and wrong way to be taught responsibility. When someone is not taught correctly, bad things happen and people get hurt. Somebody’s life can change or end in an instant. Bart Tarre was not taught correctly and this led to his ultimate demise and the demise of his lover. Guns can be used to do great things. Guns can protect a nation or feed one’s family, but they have to be respected before-hand. If they are not, they are the bad that everyone talks about today and should be outlawed. I pray they are never outlawed, but they might as well be is people continue to let their kids have firearms and they aren’t going to take the time to teach them about the proper use and amount of respect required.
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