Post # 47
I grew up in a family of hunters and have shot them in the past when I was much smaller, but today I wont go near one. Not sure what happened, I just really dont like anything about them. If I ever had one, it would be for protection only and would be locked up at all times.
Post # 48
@Mischka: I don’t care how many statistics you throw at me. If a man comes in to my house to harm me, I feel a lot safer knowing I can put a bullet through him than having to rely on defending myself by hand. Even if he wasn’t armed with a gun, I am not a very physically strong person and a gun gives me an advantage.
Post # 49
@Freypie: Exactly. really, who brings fists and finger nails to a gun show? lol 🙂
Post # 50
@pokey730: “if they want to kill themselves, they’ll get it done with or without a firearm.”
That’s simply not true. Lots and lots and lots of people have failed suicide attempts. My friend whose dad owned a gun (pre 1996 when it was legal here) wasn’t so lucky.
“If I’ve saved my family or friend from being a victim of a malicous criminal with an illegal firearm, go ahead, lock me up, I will make no apologies.” – I’m sure Adam Lanza’s mother thought the same thing.
Post # 51
I can’t vote because I have a gun for 3 of the reasons you’ve listed. I enjoy shooting. It’s relaxing for me and helped me learn patience and how to concentrate. My dad also shoots so its a nice way for us to bond. It doesn’t hurt that I’m naturally a good shot ( I won Best New Shooter in a gun league dominated by men which I’m quite proud of). I aalso own one because my best friend had a crazy ex boyfriend who was very violent and I felt better knowing I had a way to defend myself (he was a very big guy so physically he would easily dominate me). I also gown a gun for future protection. It just makes me feel better knowing I have something that might deter someone from even considering taking a step further. A baseball or knife is great but if the intruder has a gun or is ballsy, those aren’t goin to do much.
Post # 52
@Freypie: I’m not trying to ‘throw statistics’ at you, I was just defending my position and the reasons I believe what I do. Regardless of if you agree with statistics, or like what the results say, they’re still relevant.
There are also way too many accidental shootings, which adds to my reasoning that guns create an unsafe environment (though I won’t spend my time looking for statistics). If I want a way to protect myself, I learn how to do so myself – if I am out one night and am not carrying a gun on me, how am I any safer then if I never had a gun to begin with.
You’re entitled to hold your opinion (I’m not trying to change you mind) and to own and/or carry a gun. Luckliy for you, you live in a country that allows you that right, even though I believe societly would be safer without that right.
Post # 53
@Mischka: I said I never intend to carry, and I meant it. I think there are good arguments against carrying firearms, I just didn’t think your example was one of them. You stated your opinion, and I stated mine.
Post # 54
@chasesgirl: These days I feel like my life is in more danger being on the highway with people talking on their cell phones and engaging in other nonsense than I am from the average gun owner.
@Treejewel19: 1, 3, and 5. My shotgun is for duck/goose hunting as well as skeet, and my 9mm is for targets and self protection
Post # 55
i couldn’t really vote because we have guns for two reasons: we hunt and we want to protect our home in case something happens.
Post # 56
@paula1248: That’s ridiculous. There’s literally dozens or more ways to commit suicide. Suicide is tragic for all involved, however, you can seriously not make an argument that outlawing firearms is going to stop someone from taking their lives. At best, it will delay their attempt as they seek another option. And sorry, but if you leave your firearms unlocked and available to anyone who you even suspect to be emotionally unstable, that’s mere irresponsibility on your part.
Sorry, but Adam Lanza’s mother was irresponsible. Outlawing weapons will not stop tragedies like the ones in Columbine, Connecticut, etc.. Isn’t it a bit ironic that these tradgedies seem to occur in states with the most stringent gun laws and restrictions?
It’s a never ending cycle. I guess we should outlaw pressure cookers? Or knives? Hammers? Nail guns? It’s just ridiculous to say that its simply firearms are the sole cause of violence.
Spin off: Drugs are illegal(duh). I could go downtown right now and get some in a matter of minutes. Why would guns be different? Also sidenote: drugs are extremely common in both firearm accidents and suicides, where does it end?
Post # 57
@Mischka: +10 for starting drama, bravo.
Post # 58
Also for 3 reasons, they’re fun, I have had (reactive) threatening situation (before I had a gun in the house) that convinced me to get a gun and be proactive.
People need to be very careful with statistics. Most of those cited have come from a source with an obvious bias / agenda. That’s OK, just know the source and factor that in to how you consider them. Also know that there are stats out there that would tend to refute much of what has been presented as fact.
Post # 59
@Freypie: “I said I never intend to carry, and I meant it.“
Then can I ask, out if genuine curiosity, how you plan on protecting yourself if you were attacked outside of your home? You said “I am not a very physically strong person and a gun gives me an advantage.” which is true, but if your purpose of having a gun is to protect yourself and you don’t have that gun on you when you ‘need’ it, what happens then?
“I think there are good arguments against carrying firearms, I just didn’t think your example was one of them.“
What is a good argument against carrying firearms, if safety isn’t.
Post # 60
@Mischka: I would fight the best I could. I don’t own guns for protection, I think I stated that in my first post. I own them because I enjoy target shooting. However, if someone happened to break into my house, I do have an extra measure of protection due to owning firearms. That doesn’t extend to when I’m not in my house, but I’m okay with that. However, even if I am not comfortable carrying, I don’t believe in taking away other people’s right to do so.
I was referring to your argument that if no one had guns there wouldn’t be as high of a risk. I just don’t personally think that’s true. I think it someone wants to harm me, they’ll find a way to do so with or without a gun.
Post # 61
@Digidoll: I don’t quite understand how stating my opinion, asking questions and lightly debating a topic with someone is ‘starting drama’.
I’d likely never be able to change the opinion @Freypie: has, nor am I attempting to. Just as she would likely never change mine. I’ve never once insulted her or her reasons for believing something different to me. I’ve questioned them, sure, because as I said before I live in a country that doesn’t have a gun culture, or access to personal guns and it’s interesting to talk/debate with someone who does live in a country where guns are allowed, who owns one and who has an opinion different then mine.