(Closed) Why do YOU own a gun?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Why would you/do you own a gun?
    Guns are awesome, just for kicks. : (38 votes)
    16 %
    I HAD something happen. (Reactive) : (3 votes)
    1 %
    IN CASE something happens.(Proactive) : (76 votes)
    32 %
    Never, I hate guns. : (93 votes)
    40 %
    Hunting. : (25 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    8487 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I dont own a gun, but almost everyone in my family does. My dad has about 6 of them. Most of for hunting, one is for protection and shooting ranges. My brother has one just because he wanted one. But he also collects weapons (like swords and nunchucks) so it doesnt really surprise me.

    I’m extremely comfortable with guns though. I actually had my own when I was a kid. My dad got it so I could go hunting with him, but it turned out I just couldnt shoot animals, so I just shot cans with it. XD


    Post # 4
    3195 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    normally, when people see having a gun in the home as scary/daunting/intimidating, its because they haven’t handled guns enough. i own a gun (FI wouldn’t know how to use it unless i taught him, which i plan on doing) and i dont feel any way about it at all…except safer. i feel more comfortable being at home without him now.

    Post # 5
    3195 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @TwoStatesBride:  i should say, my dad is lifetime NRA and concealed carries everywhere he goes, so i was raised in a household with reverence and respect for guns, and have handled them quite a lot at gun ranges.

    Post # 6
    9142 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Nothing wrong with owning a gun so long as you get lessons and make sure you’re safe with it.

    FH refuses to allow any guns in the house even if I inherit any from my dad.  I finally convinced him to let me keep one for sentimental reasons but it has to be locked at all times and I am not allowed to keep any ammunition in the house.

    Post # 7
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I really don’t think there’s anything that would make me want to get one, which pretty much makes me the odd one out in my family because everyone else has them for hunting or protection purposes. But I morally dislike hunting, and as far as protection goes, we live in a pretty safe neighborhood/subdivision, and I know that statistic-wise there is a higher chance of someone being injured/killed due to an accident in my home with the gun than there is of me actually needing it for protection. And honestly, I just don’t like them, luckily my Darling Husband feels the same way so we’ve never needed to have this debate.


    Post # 8
    839 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I think “for hunting” should be an option on the poll. That’s what all of our guns are for.

    Post # 9
    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Treejewel19:  I would have chosen “to hunt” if that were an option. I guess I dont technically own a gun, its FI’s but my family hunts so he got one so he could go with them. 🙂 Plus its good to have in case someone tries to break in and the alarm doesnt scare them away.

    Post # 10
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I own 4 guns. My grandfather who I was realllly close to passed them down to me when he passed away. Plus I will be getting one for protection.

    Post # 11
    3772 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I voted in case something happens… but honestly that’s not the only reason why. I like going to the shooting range and shooting, very stress relieving… most definitely not “just for kicks”. I’ve also had training.


    Post # 13
    5547 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Dh hunts, we shoot trap/skeet, target shoot and “just in case”. To me there is nothing anymore  dangerous about a gun than a car or butcher knife, assuming they are used properly. 

    Post # 14
    9198 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    We (my FI) hunt.  Otherwise, not a fan of having guns in the house at all.

    Post # 15
    2966 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I recently found out ILs own a gun, and it’s in the house, where I currently live too, and I had a panic attack. 


    Post # 16
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I do not like guns. I have handled guns previously, and it did not change my mind. I would say that I understand having one if you live in a not-so-safe area, but then, you never know what might happen (family was shot in their home in a town of 300 recently). 

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