A little clarification seems to be in order here...
Each state has its own rules and regulations on what is legal and what isn't.
Fully automatic firearms ARE legal to own if you have an NFA stamp for each one, and that includes suppressors too.
Arizona and Texas both have passed laws recently making it legal to hunt with a suppressor.
Firearms are something that people either enjoy, or despise, with little middle ground.
An AK-47 is a fantastic rifle, very capable for hunting purposes, extremely forgiving of neglectful care and cleaning, fairly inexpensive to shoot, and moderately accurate.
The AR platform (family) is a lot like Barbie for men. There are endless possibilities for customization and accessorizing that it boggles the mind.
What is the thinking behind owning these types of firearms?
I own them for a few reasons.
One, I love to shoot, hunt, and reload my own ammo.
I am also a firearms instructor.
The meat I bring home is the epitome of organic-no preservatives, hormones, or chemicals whatsoever. If you buy it in the store, you'd pay out the nose for it.
I avoid eating store bought meat for exactly that reason.
Did you know that real meat isn't red, its actually purple?
And fat isn't white, its a honey color?
Ever notice that our kids are reaching puberty at progressively younger and younger ages?
How about the health issues that seem to get progressively worse that can be traced to diets?
Back to the firearms mentality....
Criminals could care less about gun laws. They will be armed regardless of the laws on the books.
I am armed to protect myself, and my family against those threats.
When seconds count, a cop is only minutes away.
Its easier to carry a handgun than a cop.
Cheaper to feed too.
Firearms are the last line of defense against a tyrannical government.
A free man has the necessity and obligation to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, his family, and his nation.
A firearm is the only tool that can level the field between a 300# crack head and a100#woman.
Think i'm full of it?
Ask the 87 year old grandma that just killed the 27 year old breaking into her house as she was getting dressed.
Ask the single mom of 3 kids whose husband had just been killed in Afghanistan about why she shot the tweaked out guys breaking into her home in the wee hours of the night.
As a firearms owner, the last thing I want to do is shoot anyone.
However, I am prepared to do just that if someone chooses to put me or my family into harms way.
Why these types of firearms? They are a whole lot of fun to own and shoot.
Are they necessary? Absolutely.
Personally, I prefer bolt action guns over semi auto for the accuracy factors, but its hard to beat a semi auto for anything inside 300 yards.
Nobody is saying you have to own a gun.
However, don't argue with me that just because you don't see the need for such things, that I don't need to have them myself.
That would be tantamount to me telling you that you don't need that luxury home, when a little shack would be just fine.
Or, better yet, you don't need that super comfortable custom saddle, when a bareback pad would work just fine.
Its a personal choice. One that is a very seriously contemplated and evaluated.
My parents are very anti gun people. My brother and I, however, have seen the evil that man can do, and are very pro gun.
I respect your decisions to live your life as you see fit.
All I ask is you do the same for me, and we'll get along fine.
This is gold. Haha you sound like my husband
I was raised by a cop, in a very tight (as far as guns go) state (Illinois). My dad always had his gun on him, and always does. We have multiple guns in our house, we all know where they are. We are all older now, but even when we were younger we at least had a few. We were taught gun safety on a BB gun, and then taught to respect guns as tools.
My husband is a gun enthusiast as well. He is also in law enforcement. We own quite a few, some used for hunting, some for target shooting, some as collector items, and some for self defense. Its both a hobby and a way of protecting oneself.
As a woman, especially now as a pregnant woman, I value my ability to protect myself. I keep one with me in my house when I am alone, simply for my own safety. Would I want to use it? No for sure I would never want to use one, I would never want to hurt anyone, but I will if it means that I will live and my unborn child will be okay. My husband feels the same way.
As a person who has dealt with a lot of cops, I can tell you that the ones I've met feel the same way about armed citizens as we do. Criminals will be armed whether or not it is legal. Law abiding citizens who are armed are a great asset to cops. They can protect themselves and others.
My daddy always said that cops do their best to protect the pubic, but a lot of what they do is reactive, simply due to the nature of the job. They respond to crimes in progress, and crime scenes, but rarely are they there as it is happening, it just simply isn't possible. The first thing I would do is call 911 if I thought I needed help, but then I would grab a gun, because 911 may be 3 minutes away, and I only have 30 seconds. Not good for my chances, and I do not want to be another statistic of a crime because I did not take advantage of my constitutional right.
That being said, I do believe that owning or possessing a firearm, although a right, is not to be taken lightly. They ARE dangerous, and need to be treated with respect and common sense. Safety is first, and if you plan on having a gun, you need to know not only how to fire it, but what to do if/when it jams, how to clean it, how to properly shoot it, all of its safeties, and what ammo is good for it. Not only that, but you need to know the laws in your area, and have a safe place to store said gun. AND remembering the golden rule that I live by "Don't ever point a gun, whether unloaded, loaded, or otherwise, at anything you do not plan on killing."