(Closed) Spinoff: Have You Ever Shot a Gun vs. Your Thoughts on Gun Laws

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Have You Ever Shot a Gun vs. Your Thoughts on Gun Laws
    I have fired a gun and I agree with the average citizen owning/carrying them. : (90 votes)
    46 %
    I have never fired a gun but I agree with the average citizen owning/carrying them. : (22 votes)
    11 %
    I have fired a gun but I do not agree with the average citizen owning/carrying them. : (42 votes)
    22 %
    I have never fired a gun and I do not agree with the average citizen owning/carrying them. : (32 votes)
    16 %
    Obligatory other. : (8 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5083 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    FI has several guns and his CPL/CCW.  I’ve been to the range.

    I will drop any attacker Smile

    I love having them in the house.  It puts me on equal ground with the intruder.

    Bad guys will always have guns.  Lets make sure good guys have them too.   

    Post # 4
    Member
    1014 posts
    Bumble bee

    I am ok with people owning guns for hunting (rifle, shotgun etc) and it being locked in a safe when not in use.  I also agree with a gun registry.  I dont see the point in a hand gun.  Your only going to shoot one thing with that. People.

    Post # 5
    Member
    5296 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    @Mrs.KMM:  I’ve had a similar experience to you. My uncle hunts, and we had various types of guns (mostly pellet or shotgun types) on the farm. We did also have a rifle that my dad tried to use to get a coyote once. 

    I don’t personally own one now, but I am not fearful of people owning/using them – as long as they are respectful of that power. 

    I shot a pellet gun one time, and that was good enough for me, haha – I’m just apparently not a big gun person for myself!

    Post # 7
    Member
    5557 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    We go to the range for fun all the time. We have a 9mm, a .22 pistol, a .22 rifle and a  shot gun between DH and I. My mom and dad have several more. I grew up with my dad and uncles hunting, shooting rifles and shot guns. I totally think that growing up around guns gives people a totally different view on them. Guns were NEVER toys, never touched without dad standing right beside us, we learned to respect them and that they are tools that yes, can kill someone, but not something to be afraid of. I think gun safety should be required in school, because it is a lot easier to get hurt by something you have just been told to be scared of and are bad than something you have learned to handle safely and with the respect required. 

    Post # 8
    Member
    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @GroovyHippieChick:  BINGO!

    The bad guys will always have guns because the bad guys don’t follow the laws. So the more restrictions you put on law-abiding gun owners, the easier it is for the bad guys to triumph.

    That being said, I’m not sure “average citizens” is the right word. I think if you’re a moron or if you don’t really understand how guns work or how dangerous they can be (example: ALWAYS assume a gun is loaded; NEVER point a gun at something you don’t intend to shoot), you have no business owning one.

    Post # 10
    Member
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’ve fired guns, and I own a bow. My father actually gave me my first gun as a wedding gift.. lol

    I grew up in a hunting family. I have my possessions license.

    I love to hunt and go every season (to observe). I hope I can hunt with a weapon this season!

    In Canada, you cannot carry handguns unless you have a special license and are going to or from the gun club.

    I like our gun laws. I don’t really think people should be able to carry weapons on them at all times. DH disagrees though. lol

    They just lightened up gun laws here and got rid of the long-gun registry, so that’s a plus too.

    I have no issue with guns so long as they’re used responsibly.
     

    Post # 11
    Member
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

          I’ve shot a gun, and I completly agree with the right for average citizens to have them. I live in a rough area, and I personally know multiple people who have scared away intruders with their guns.

         I think it’s easy for people who have never had a need for them to be against them, but not everyone in the U.S lives in similar situations. I know people in my mothers family who hunt for their food, and if they don’t get it they won’t eat. There are people who need them to protect their livestock and crops, and there are people who want them for personal protection or just for fun.

    I would also like to add that it is a right guaranteed in the US constitution, and I don’t want anyone taking away rights from it; whether it be free speech, religion, due process.

    Post # 12
    Member
    5978 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I’m not going to lie…guns scare the crap out of me. I’ve never shot a gun, and I’m not really in support of civilians having them. I understand that people use them for hunting and that’s fine, but it’s the carrying a concealed weapon that scares me. I honestly don’t understand the need for someone to be carrying a gun with them at all times. The whole “for protection” excuse doesn’t go over well with me.

    Post # 13
    Member
    5083 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @2PeasinaPod:  

    I’m not going to lie…guns scare the crap out of me. I’ve never shot a gun, and I’m not really in support of civilians having them. I understand that people use them for hunting and that’s fine, but it’s the carrying a concealed weapon that scares me. I honestly don’t understand the need for someone to be carrying a gun with them at all times. The whole “for protection” excuse doesn’t go over well with me.

     

    so imagine you’re in a store.  A crazy person pulls out a gun and starts shooting.  Would you like to have my FI there with his legal handgun to stop him?  Or would you rather no citizen was able to help?

    Post # 14
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    2032 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Personally I have shot guns (mainly pistols) and I freaking LOVE it.  I don’t know why, but I just think it’s so fun and empowering….the click when you load the magazine just sends a thrill through me, maybe I’m sick LOL.  That being said, I have told FI (who also loves shooting guns on the range) that I would not ever feel comfortable with a gun in our home.  Even if it was hidden and locked away.  If someone broke into our house at night, chances are we’d be hurt more if we had a gun vs. if we didn’t (if you point a gun at a bad guy, you’d BETTER be willing to use it and I don’t know that I could shoot a person).  

    However, here in NYS the regulations on owning a pistol are strict, so I don’t see a problem with it.  You need to have no less than 6 personal letters of recommendations from people who reside in your county (neighbors, etc.) and there’s a waiting period that my BIL is currently in.  He doesn’t want it for bad reasons, will keep it locked up away from the bullets, but he wants one and I have no problem with that.  

    Criminals, serious ones at least, aren’t going to go through the legal channels to get guns ANYWAY, because it can be traced back to them.  They’ll get them on the black market, just like they already do, so I don’t think that gun laws are promoting violence.  But that’s just me.  

    Post # 15
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    586 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Rush1986:  That is how I feel as well.

    Personally I see no use for hand guns but understand that people like to shoot them at the range. I don’t like that people can bring a gun almost anywhere because they got a permit to do so. I do shoot guns but mostly shotguns and rifles since I hunt almost every year. I have shot handguns too. For the most part I agree with gun laws though I think that certain weapons that are currently available to the public shouldn’t be.

    Post # 16
    Member
    10289 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    My IL’s are gun people. My family is not. I shot one of my FIL’s gun once and I have no desire to do so again. I wasn’t expecting it to be as powerful as it was and honestly, I didn’t really trust myself with it. It’s not that I thought I would open up fire on those around me, it was just… too much for me, I guess. With that said, I kind of like the fact that my IL’s have guns now (they used to freak me out a bit). Should the zombie apocalypse ever happen, we could quite possibly have a fighting chance with the small armory that they have. 🙂

    As for gun laws, I’m okay with the public owning them as long as they’re obtained legally and used only when appropriate. Citizens have the right to protect themselves and their families.

     

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