You don't sound like the kind of person I was talking about. You said most people, and maybe that's right, but you should distinguish between most people that possess a firearm, and most firearms. I think the rate is 88 guns per 100 people now, but only about 40% of all people have a gun in their home, so your experience cannot be most people, but it might be most gun owners.
So 6 of 10 American people are unarmed, and 4 of 10 have 2 or more weapons each. By comparison the US Troop Strength is about 2 million, and we have about 3 million firearms total. Thus, US Citizen gun owners are more armed than our armed service members; that's neglecting the warehoused firearms in case we up the troop numbers. With a population of 313 million in the US, it would seem that we have way too many guns in circulation. Anecdotally, I don't know any living gun owners with more than 1 firearm, so I assume a few people are very gun crazy and set down a lot of cash to have things that they will ultimately never use for the reasons they bought them. Some people will try to find a reason to use them to justify owning them. My point was about the ludicrous drive to own firearms.
I never complain about the hunter owning a tool to get food. I never complain about the stalked celebrity packing heat. I never complain the people too poor to leave a dangerous neighborhood. I'm just complaining about the rest of the owners; them and the diabolical advertising campaign that put them into that irreversible state of mind.
Still, your dad could have gotten you a, "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle," instead of the 410. Learning to aim is the same no matter how things come out of a tube. And what is the goal of learning to aim? From what you said, it has no end, no reason, but for most, the target they practice on has the silhouette of a person on it.