Sarah Vowell, the author of Shooting Dad faces the struggle of a relationship with her father due to his extreme admiration for firearms. Vowell, although allowed to voice her own opinion on politics and beliefs (she is a democrat and father is a republican) has a hard time relating to her fathers view points. She loves the arts, he loves guns. Vowell noticed even more of a seperation from her father when she watched her twin sister follow her fathers passion for guns.
Vowell remembers her experience with guns as a child. Her father taught her and her sister at the young age of 6 to hold and shoot a gun. She states that "holding the pistol made me feel small" and that guns were not for her. She describes the experience not as traumatizing but as a lesson learned.
Vowell and her father do have the same passion for "goofy projects and weired equipment." The equipment she is referring to is not a gun, but her tape recorder and microphone. And her fathers is obviously his cannon. Although they struggle with their relationship, they both have similar passions.