Tim Ryan, a Democrat running for the Senate, recently posted a video of himself shooting a handgun at an outdoor range. Although the objective may have been to demonstrate his support for gun rights, what it really demonstrated was his lack of expertise with firearms.
His bad shooting technique, which included leaning back to prepare for firearm recoil and utilizing the first joint of his index finger to pull the trigger rather than the second joint or “pad” of the finger, was swiftly called out by gun owners online. Even the National Rifle Association (NRA) took note and offered him introductory instruction in the safe use of firearms.
Tim Ryan’s position on gun restriction is still debatable, though. He declares support for the right to bear arms but later calls for a ban on semiautomatic guns like the AR-15. Someone who wants to severely restrict one kind of weapon yet has no understanding how to properly shoot one himself is difficult to take seriously.
Gun owners definitely appreciate his enthusiasm to learn about firearms, but even if he professes to be a champion for gun rights, this does not excuse his stance on banning specific types of weapons. Tim Ryan is just one of many people who don’t understand that proper gun ownership and safety start with education, not limitations that do nothing but target law-abiding residents who just want their Second Amendment right to be upheld.