This thread is awesome...it illustrates a wide variety of thoughts of guns, gun control effectiveness, and pros and cons going each way.
Here in AZ, if you can pass the NICS check (FBI instant background check), you can buy any firearm on the shelf, with the exception of fully automatic firearms.
To buy those, you need a Class 3 license from the ATF. It takes 4-6 months for the paperwork to go through to get "authorization" to own one.
There is currently a law either on Jan Brewer's desk or she signed it, that permits the use of suppressed firearms for hunting.
One more on its way to her desk is legislation permitting carry of a sidearm while hunting.
I bowhunt a lot, and having a handgun on my hip is a beautiful thing.
A woman once asked me why I felt the need to carry a firearm on my hip in a grocery store.
My reply was simple.
I told her,"Maam, I carry for 3 reasons. First, it's my right to defend myself and my family by any means necessary. Secondly, I never know who I am going to run into on any given day,, be they friend or foe, wanting to wishe me well or do me harm. Lastly, it is my personal choice. Lethal force is not something to be taken lightly, and I pray I never have to use it. I prefer to use it as a deterrent, that my presence alone might persuade someone from doing something stupid."
She seemed a bit perplexed, as though I had just thrown all her preconceived notions into a blender, and hit puree.
I make zero excuses for carrying a firearm.
I am very proud to carry, and do so all the time when lawful to do so.
I choose to be a wolf in sheep's clothing, so if that other wolf wants to take a bite, they get a nasty surprise.
If confronted with force, I have the opportunity to respond in kind.
They cannot testify if theyre on a slab.
I RIDE, THEREFORE I AM
COWBOY UP OR GO CRY IN THE TRUCK