I don't just own one firearm, I own many.
I own them for a multitude of reasons, the primary of which is really simple: I enjoy shooting firearms recreationally. That I can also hunt with
them, which I do, and use them in a self-defense scenario is a major added benefit.
I appreciate the mechanics and engineering that's evolved their design. It's the same reason I wear a fine swiss made mechanical watch instead of a
quartz. I appreciate their place in history, even though it has brought many negatives. Because I like to be well informed about anything I do or
spend money on, I've read and researched about them, and talked with or made friendships with many people who share the same interests. Much like how
people do for -anything- they are interested in
But let's be clear here; this isn't about gun owners and their supposed fanaticism. This is really just that -you- don't like them, and therefore
anyone who does is clearly some paranoid fanatic just waiting to shoot someone.
I carry a firearm everyday concealed. It doesn't alarm anyone, it doesn't panic anyone, no one knows and they can go about their hopefully happy
lives. I carry one because there are people out there who wish to do harm without consideration of consequence or the impact it has on the people
they do harm to.
I carry one because I want to be able to protect my daughter and myself should we be caught in an event that is otherwise intractable.
I, and I'm willing to bet almost the entire majority, of defensive firearm carrying individuals have absolutely no wish, desire, or need to kill
someone. In a nutshell, we carry a firearm that we hope to never need, to contend with people who carry one with the intent to do harm.
I'm willing to bet, assuming you can be honest with yourself, that were you in a situation where someone was doing violent harm to you and those
around you; you would not complain if someone like me pulled out my firearm, and put them down. And you know what? Even if, for some reason, you
-wouldn't- want someone to step in and stop them, I'd do it anyways; even though some places have crazy laws against doing that, because I wouldn't
stand idly by while someone hurts my fellow citizens.
Here's a short video for you to consider:
Do you need a reason to own a gun
Edit: Oh, and in answer to your original question: No, it is not some kind of "new age religion." There is no "gun-culture" in modern America. I
would have considered the old-west a bit of a gun culture, I suppose. Then people lived and died by the gun just as much as anything else. But not
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