I don’t own any guns, I don’t go hunting, and I’ve never been to a gun show. Playing with a BB gun is the closest I’ve ever come to firing a real gun.
When it comes to virtual guns, it’s a whole different story. I’ve taken down entire squadrons with a sniper rifle. I can differentiate a rifle from a submachine gun with a quick glance. I’m adept at handling everything from advanced artillery installations to vintage World War II pistols.
Or at least I like to fool myself into thinking this. In reality, I’m quite disconnected from the basic realities of guns. My knowledge is mostly confined to surface level observations that ignore the mechanical and social dynamics of the firearms simulated in most games. Thanks to a couple of gun-focused games and an excellent piece of gun-focused journalism, I realize now that I haven’t given this blindspot enough attention. Granted, simply recognizing a blind spot is only the first step in correcting it, but you have to start somewhere.