Responsibility

The Cherokee Trail

They moved away, and Boone reached up, grasping one of the corral bars to pull himself erect. He had an urge to shoot, but beyond them was the house, and a bullet from his rifle would go through several inches of pine, and he might injure one of the women or that little girl. A man with a gun had not only to think of what he was shooting at but where the bullet might go if it missed, and almost any kind of a gun might carry up to a mile. – The Cherokee Trail by Louis L’Amour

Long ago, her father had taught her to shoot, and she remembered what he had said. “A gun is a responsibility. Never shoot blind. Always know what you are shooting at and never shoot unless there is no alternative. And consider every gun as loaded. Most of them are.” – The Cherokee Trail by Louis L’Amour

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