I was sitting in the old rickety chair that looked as if it had been there for five years. The smell of gunpowder hung in the morning air as I leaned over the rifle rest. My finger wrapped around the trigger as my eye focused through the scope of my grandfather’s Springfield ’03. I took a deep breath and let half out. My finger tightened on the trigger as I awaited the recoil and crack of the gunpowder igniting. Finally, when my finger’s pull was enough to move the trigger, the gun went off. Moments like this are why I love shooting guns.
With my experiences from the gun range, I became interested in the show CSI Miami. The character of Calleigh Duquesne, one of the Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) on the show, intrigued me. She is the ballistics expert. Her job is to investigate crime scenes, testify in court, and work with firearms every day. This job would fit well with my interests in guns.
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After we finish at the range, we take disassemble and clean the guns. I am able to see the way they work. It is amazing how small the parts are in some guns yet they do not break under the stress of firing. I want to work with firearms for a job and working as a ballistics expert in a crime lab would be perfect.
Another aspect of the CSI’s job that I admire is that they can go to crime scenes and look for evidence. I think it would be extremely interesting to work on the cases that I keep hearing about on the news. I would be the one collecting the evidence that will put the perpetrator behind bars. This job would also be very satisfying because I would be helping to take the criminals off the street.
In a high school math class, I had an assignment where I had to find out how different people use math in their job. I decided to take a tour of the Orange County Sherriff’s Office crime lab to see how the CSIs use math. During the tour, I was able to see how they processed and analyzed evidence. They demonstrated how the fingerprinting worked and how to find evidence. When the tour was over, I spoke to actual CSIs about their job. They told me what was required to do their job and how exciting it is to investigate the crimes. One of them said that she received her degree in criminal justice from UCF and that it really prepared her for the job. This tour solidified my goal to become a CSI. It also caused me to look toward UCF as a means for accomplishing that goal.
The kick of the gun jolted my shoulder and made the chair roll back a few inches. As the gun came down out of recoil, I let the other half of my breath out. It was an exhilarating feeling knowing that I just fired one of the biggest calibers civilians are allowed to own. When the gun had returned to its original position, I again focused through the scope on my target. This time, it was not because I wanted to fire, but to know where my shot hit. My shot had landed in the dead center of the target. I hit my goal that day and I am aiming to hit it again. UCF has an excellent Forensic Science program that is exactly what I need. Specifically, I would take the Forensic Analysis course. This has the curriculum necessary to accomplish my goal of becoming a CSI.