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        07-13-2012, 01:01 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    I think it is a stereotype that all American's have small militias in their closet, lol. I think it can be regional as far as gun ownership.

    I don't own a gun for protection and I don't feel the need for one for protection. I don't own a gun because I can. There are a lot of things "I can" do but doesn't mean I do it. And I do not believe that the original reasons for the _right to bear arms" really applies today. And I am not fan of the NRA at all.

    That said, I do own a gun as does my husband. I have an old slide action rifle and a Sig Sauer .22 and hubby has a Sig Sauer .9mm with a conversion kit. I love target shooting. We both are taking the Marksmanship Qualifying test (hubby is farther ahead then I am, boo) and it's one of our favorite things to do on his day off. My kids know how to shoot and my son is in a young marksman's club. I see it as a sport and a lot of fun.

    As for protection, though hubby has his concealed weapons permit, he doesn't wear his gun around. We keep our guns in a locked gun cabinet, the ammo is kept in a separate case, and the guns have master cable locks. It would be kind of hard for one of us to get a gun ready fro use if need be. I see them simply as tools for a sport.
         
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        07-13-2012, 01:10 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Why do people own horses?? Few people really NEED them .. they own them because they enjoy them (hopefully) .. and they can.

    Same reason I own my motorcycle, my pets, my house, my guns .. my choice, my preference, my money.
         
        07-13-2012, 01:33 PM
      #23
    Super Moderator
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    Originally Posted by Mckellar    
    Hello everyone, well I live in Canada and I donít know too many people who live in the US, most people who do are Canadians and go down for show seasons. Something that I have asked myself 1000 times and my family has asked. Why do Americans have so many guns? Iím asking this in a total ďI have no idea so Iíll just ask because if I donít I will never knowĒ kind of way.

    Now, we have guns for hunting and yes like all major cityís we have gun violence and Iíve gone to a shooting range and it was a lot of fun but Iím asking because why is it that you can legally have an ak-47? Like.. thatís not a hunting gunÖ.

    I probably sound so ignorant, and I'm not trying to steriotype this is a general questions to the general population....but it is just is so confusing

    I haven't read the entire response yet, but let me say that my family owns guns in exactly the same manner as you described above, and my guess is that the majority of gun owners, own/use them in exactly the same way as you described above. There are certainly folks who want to own an AK-47 (which I personally cannot agree with) , but since our population is like 10 times Canada's, it's not surprising that the fringe section of gun owners would be much, much larger. Just by statistics.
         
        07-13-2012, 01:36 PM
      #24
    Banned
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    Originally Posted by texasgal    
    Why do people own horses?? Few people really NEED them .. they own them because they enjoy them (hopefully) .. and they can.

    Same reason I own my motorcycle, my pets, my house, my guns .. my choice, my preference, my money.
    Exactamundo.

    Guns are fun to fire, fun to collect, good for hunting, and good for protection...nothing weird or wrong about having guns.

    I have 2 Winchester 30-30 rifles for deer hunting, although I don't hunt any more...one is a commemorative model, and the other has a stock my father hand carved when he was alive. Then I have a 22 for plinking, a 20 gauge for possums and dillas, and a 380 automatic handgun for obnoxious liberals and anybody stupid enough to invade my turf...
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        07-13-2012, 01:42 PM
      #25
    Trained
    It is not a law that all Americans own guns, they have the right to own and bare arms, and not all excercise that right. The reason the "right" was made part of the US constitution would take to long to explain. In short, the authors of the constitution were able to figure out that w/o the right to bare arms, the rest of constitution would become meaningless - in short order.
    And, one cannot own a fully automatic weapon w/o special permit, so it isn't "anything goes".
         
        07-13-2012, 01:45 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    My father owned a gun when I was younger, as a truck driver for protection out on the road.
    My step father currently owns several guns for hunting.
    My father in law owns several for the purpose of protecting his family, as a retired police officer. That mentality was passed on to my husband. We own a .22 rifle and 357 that we keep in our closet.

    As an over-protective mother, I couldn't imagine feeling so helpless if I was ever put in a posotion to need to protect my family inside our home. Too many crazys out there. That's just me though, I completely understand women who feel uncomfortable around guns.
         
        07-13-2012, 01:50 PM
      #27
    Trained
    My favorite gun is an old pellet rifle. It's fun, kills rattlers, and cost pennies per shot. That's also in the constitution, "right to be cheap".
         
        07-13-2012, 01:56 PM
      #28
    Trained
    I understand that the laws maybe different in different states, but for those of you who carry for personal protection, is actually legal to shoot another person? I get that self defence is a valid reason for shooting, but how much danger do you have to be in, or feel yourself in?

    Also how many really think or know that they could shoot?

    I know when I first came here I wasn't sure I could actually shoot a living thing, and I still have some qualms about it, but I do shoot gophers regularly, have shot a couple of coyotes who were hanging around during calving or foaling season.

    Could I shoot a person, IDK, I really really hope I never have to find out, because if I do shoot, I couldn't do anything than shoot to kill, I am not sure that if I shot to wing a person I would enjoy dealing with a person who was threatening me and is now pissed off with a gunshot.

    I've always been taught, shoot to kill, I really don't know honestly what my answer is.
         
        07-13-2012, 01:59 PM
      #29
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I haven't read the entire response yet, but let me say that my family owns guns in exactly the same manner as you described above, and my guess is that the majority of gun owners, own/use them in exactly the same way as you described above. There are certainly folks who want to own an AK-47 (which I personally cannot agree with) , but since our population is like 10 times Canada's, it's not surprising that the fringe section of gun owners would be much, much larger. Just by statistics.
    I don't know tiny, and AK-47 is or was inexpensive, has little "kick" and is good for target practice (i.e., recreation). I own no gun for the purpose of hunting, as I would never intentionally kill an innocent animal that posed no threat to me...including rattlers, and the mere idea of hunting is upsetting to me. But, I don't call those that own guns for hunting "the fringe". So, guns are like anything else used for recreation - different strokes for different folks. I don't think there is a "fringe".
         
        07-13-2012, 02:03 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    GH .. never shoot to wound.. don't pull your weapon unless you intend to shoot to kill. To that end, you would have to feel that is your only option.. your life is being threatened.

    OTOH, if someone is breaking into my house, I wiil NOT ask what his intentions are before I shoot him.

    We used to tell the teenagers that if they snuck out during the night, stay out all night, because if they try to sneak back in they are likely to get shot.

    Ya know, we never had any problem with our kids sneaking out .. lol.
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