Laying Down Some Gun Laws

Trip Start Aug 25, 2010
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Flag of China  , Jiangsu,
Sunday, March 13, 2011

I had my regular Sunday afternoon lesson with my private student today (the same one from the January 9th and 16th entries), and for the second time, he brought his airsoft gun to our lesson.  For those who don't know, an airsoft gun looks exactly like a real handgun but shoots plastic pellets.  The pellets can cause moderate injuries, and as my student informed me, they can penetrate thin plastic or wood.  I don't like guns in any shape or form, whether they shoot real bullets or plastic pellets, but I've decided not to make a big deal of my student's favorite "toy."  

However, during our lesson today, he couldn't stop fidgeting with the gun.  He picked it up while I was going over his workbook exercises with him, and several times, I had to ask him to stop pointing it toward me and himself.

He laughed and said, "sorry teacher."  As I continued with our lesson, he began to take the gun apart and show me all its components.  I was a bit relieved once the clip (or whatever the thing that holds the pellets is called) was out, but I was still uncomfortable.  

To be honest, I was more uncomfortable with the absurdity of the situation than I was with the possibility that one of us would be accidentally shot.  For better or worse, I trust my student somewhat.  But still, I wanted to eliminate the gun from our lesson as soon as possible.

I decided that maybe if I allowed him to discuss the gun for a while, he'd get the fascination out of his system (temporarily, of course) so that we could have a proper lesson.  Whether it was the right thing to do or not, I worked the gun into our plan for the hour.

As my student took apart his gun, I asked him to tell me about it.  As he talked, I wrote down what he said, and afterward, I had him read what he'd said and correct his mistakes.  The method worked pretty well.  As always, he knew how to fix most of his mistakes on his own.  He mixes up verb tenses and singulars/plurals only because he rushes, not because he doesn't know the material.  

Here's the transcript of the ten things he told me about the gun:

1.  The gun can got 20 bullets in it.
2.  This gun real name is M9.
3.  It has safe and fire.
4.  It can like this.
5.  Sometimes you must point the gun at you.
6.  It's very powerful.
7.  It's very hard.
8.  I buy it with myself.
9.  I want to buy it a long time, so I got my money to buy it.
10.  It can hurt people.
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