I was born in in 1960 in the Bronx, NY. My family moved to Atlantic Beach, Long Island, NY in 1962. Atlantic Beach is a longish, not wide island off the south west shore of Long Island. Although my father was employed for 40 + years by many branches of the Federal and NY State government and often had a pistol, I was not brought up around guns. I never hunted. I never shot anything more deadly than a BB gun.
At 28 years of age I moved to Palm Harbor, FL to realize my dream of opening my own Dental Practice from scratch just shy of 3 years after graduating from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. Guns were everywhere down here. Within the first year I bought a .22 caliber pistol from a pawn shop, never shot it and I lost/misplaced it. It was decades later that I bought my next weapon, a Kimber .45 and recently a Taurus Judge Public Defender. I have taken these weapons to an indoor shooting range near my home to become familiar with them.
On Saturday, February 16, 2013, my buddy Mike asked me if I wanted to meet him and 3 other guys to shoot shotguns at a range by his house in Pasco. I had always been fascinated by skeet shooting, but I had never even held a shotgun, much less fired one at clay discs flying through the air, but what the heck, I said yes. I had fun, of course its always fun when you are good at something or win a competition. I did not really win, but for a “Yankee’s” first time with a 12 gauge shot gun I did real good. At the last stand, I was the only “one of the boys” that his 3 consecutive doubles. Mikes close friend Edwin, between spitting his tobacco wanted me to go again, I think he did not want to be outdone by rookie Yankee, but Mike put an end to the 4th attempt.
I believe in our Constitution, I believe in our Bill of Rights, I like shooting guns, I understand that guns do not kill people, people kill people. I also KNOW that our Supreme Court has ruled that Congress does have the right to control possession, ownership and use of “unusually deadly” weapons. Our great United States of America will come through this heated debate as this is tiny compared to the deep division that President Abraham Lincoln had to face and address. It is no wonder he is universally considered one of the greatest presidents. I believe future historians with also view President Obama in a favorable light.
Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A