posted on Apr, 22 2007 @ 02:39 PM
This post is yet another reply from "yee haw country." I was born and raised in California, lived there 50 years but moved here to NE Tennessee 2
years ago. Dumb hicks? I don't think so. They know enough to have survived at least 500 years of living in a most inhospitable part of the country,
the dirt has zero nutritional value (Yes, I've measured, and I do mean zero), the winters are long, cold, bleak and harsh and the soil is so rockhard
that it takes a sledge hammer to plant a small tomato plant.
I have had numerous people offer their expertise when I there was something I didn't know how to do. And they DON'T make fun of you for being a city
slicker and not knowing anything about the country; unlike Walking Fox who feels a need to insult us "yee haws".
Now on to the topic: We've got some pretty rugged mountains here and lots of countryside. That also means we have lots of wild animals. Everyone here
has at least a shotgun. One simple reason is that we don't want mountain lions getting after our horses, foals, goats, chickens and pets. If I heard
a mountain lion on my land, the first thing I'd do is grab my shotgun and go after that lion - I would be inconsolable if anything happened to my
horse or cats, for one.
Another reason is that, because we live in such rugged territory, it could take the police up to 15 minutes to get here. By that time, if I had an
intruder, I'd be dead.
Yet another reason is that this county is the poorest county in America and people often need to go out and shoot a wild turkey or some such, just so
they can put food on the table.
So, yeah, a shot gun is absolutely necessary here, and I'm an educated, intelligent California liberal who used to be anti-gun, but living here has
convinced me that there are a number of good reasons to own at least a shotgun.