#146 Posing with Guns
For the younger, more red-blooded EAW male (and for others who would never dare admit it) one of the attractions of working in a conflict zone will be the abundance of weaponry on display.
All the weapons ever seen in films from Die Hard to Desperado will finally become an everyday reality. Invariably from Europe, where gun control is strictly enforced, the newly arrived EAW will play it cool and refrain from ogling the local army or militia’s firearms too much.
Over time, a few pics will appear on Facebook featuring the EAW standing next to men with guns. These will progress to pictures where the EAW is actually holding a gun (although he or she will be sure to hold the gun ‘ironically’). Finally, our EAW will get that picture he or she is really after — the one where the EAW is firing a gun.
And oh, the Facebook status! ‘Had a go on an AK with the army guys, not like in the movies!’ Friends will comment ‘Rambo!!! lol’ and uncle Frank from the States (who’s always had an unhealthy fascination with guns) will ask ‘Is that the pre-Warsaw pact 7.62mm variant?’
Now that the EAW has lost his or her gun virginity, it’s possible to comment with authority on the guns portrayed in video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. ‘Not nearly enough muzzle recoil on that MP5,’ they tut. ‘When I was in Afghanistan….’
Upon returning home, the EAW will be sure to let everyone know how nice it is to be back in a gun-free environment.
Editors note: Please heed the following cautionary tale about posing with guns if you are planning to one day run an organization that claims to be liberating children from warlords….