posted on Dec, 19 2005 @ 09:08 PM
Thank you for your responses.
I didn't start liking guns as much as I do now till I met a class-mate of mine at a computer training centre somewhere, he was obsessed about the M4
Carbine, he inspired me to read up on guns and I soon discovered how much I loved them, esspecially the AK-47 (looks great, esspecially in black like
the AK-74M, sounds great and I love the operation of it), the Desert Eagle pistol (mainly because of the Matrix), Five seveN (looks cool and has an
The Berretta 92FS has also been a favorite of mine mainly due to hollywood and computergames, but later my taste was more for H&K's like the USP and
Mk23 Mod 0 "SOCOM" Pistol.
The first time I fired an actual firearm (not firing blanks, I fired a C7 Rifle with blanks a few years back) was in 2002 on by Birthday (29th of
Nov), my inlaws in the US took me out to a range and I got to shoot a 30/30 leveraction rifle and a 12ga, later the next year I got to fire my
father-in-law's .22LR semi-auto wish I truly loved to shoot, since then I have only shot airguns, mainly due to the cost and moving to an Anti-Gun
country (the Netherlands), in December i'm moving back and i'm looking forward to shooting.
firing a gun is exciting to me, it's alot of fun, a gun makes me feel secure and I like the way they look, I guess i'm making up for all the time I
as a dutch citizen have been deprived of shooting and gun ownership, I barely knew anything before I did serious research on guns, and I have learned
alot in the past years.
All the responses I have gotten to this thread made me put this subject in perspective and now I can see much clearer why I personally like them and
why others like them, ofcourse I also saw how much others didn't like them, I have felt very similar to those people, I at first feared them and the
gun-toting officers of the law (I had 2 cases in my life I had a police officer aim a gun at me, both times was when I was a child and playing with
fire with my friends, no I didn't get arrested and charged, just warned.), it's interesting that I went from fear of them to a near obsession on
I sometimes feel embarrased when talking about, asking others to go out shooting with me and such because i'm affraid they'll say "oh him and his
guns again", it's something I enjoy and make a past-time out of, if it's reading up on them, watching a show on or shooting them.
my wife actually has some interest in them, but not nearly as much as I do, i'm not sure if people will frown on the idea of me getting a firearm
when I am back in the US or are excited about it, I fear they will see me as a potentional criminal but all I want to be is a law-abiding citizen, a
citizen who enjoys them for all their intended purposes which is defense, sport and collection.
Can anyone tell me why I feel so embarrased to have such interest? is it because of the country I grew up on that (for the majority) frown on gun
ownership? how can I change this mindset into something that isn't frowned on and is part of everyday life? is a gun a good investment? or is it just
a waste of money, money which I might need to buy groceries and have a roof above my head? the average gun's cost can provide a roof over my head for
a month or buy a month's worth of groceries.
Sorry for having such a long post that revolves around my self here, I just hope people can help me with this confusion i'm having and these
feelings that I have with them.