Post # 107
I grew up in a home full of guns (came from a family of hunters), and am both very comfortable around them and very respectful of them. I don’t currently own a gun (sold my last handgun and shotgun, and haven’t purchased a new one yet) but I do have my CPL and know what pistol I want to get next. I prefer pistols to revolvers, and I prefer handguns to rifles or shotguns.
I work in the security industry, so I’ve been in my fair share of scrapes and dust-ups. I was (in a professional capacity) involved in breaking up a gang fight in 2011 and ended up with an injury that left me with some problems that will continue to plague me for the rest of my life. Really wish I’d been equipped with more than a pair of handcuffs by that employer (though not a gun, in that case – a taser and OC spray would have been more appropriate).
Additionally, when I was in community college I was attacked by a man while on campus late one evening. Unfortunately for him, I was a student of/junior instructor at a local martial arts school. I broke one of his legs (though I didn’t realize it until I saw him the next Monday with an ankle-to-hip cast; I was pretty shaken, and just left him on the ground and took off for my car). But that’s when I realized that I wanted to protect people who couldn’t protect themselves, and that’s how I ended up working in security to pay my way through my undergrad degree (and soon grad school).
Post # 108
@MariContrary: My SO does something very similar. He has a large collection! I come from an extremely anti-gun family, so it was kind of a shock when I found out how into his shooting sport he is (it’s an athletic one with cardboard & metal targets). It actually caused years of problems with my parents because I decided it didn’t bother me very much (i.e. I wasn’t going to dump him because he is involved in a shooting sport and they couldn’t deal with it!!) and my parents couldn’t stand it. Things are better now though.
Anyway, I’m OK with my SO having guns in the house because he is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with safety stuff. I would not want to own one myself because I don’t enjoy using them, although I can. He taught me to shoot because we live in the country and there is a rabies problem here– one of our cats was bitten by a rabid raccoon that got in our house last year! I would never hunt, unless there was no other way for me to survive, but if a rabid animal is near my house, I would gladly put it out of its misery, both for its sake and for my pets’ safety.
Post # 109
I have a .22 long rifle that my Boyfriend or Best Friend bought me when we first started dating, it’s just for fun and in case of zombies. I live in Vermont and grew up in a house with guns, and I’ve noticed that they do make people nervous if they arent used to being around guns. Mine freaks my sister out ( she lived with her dad who didn’t have guns growning up). I have a almost 4 year old so i keep it unloaded and locked on a high shelf in my closet, she’s seen it and knows not to touch it, just like my brother and did with my dads guns growing up. I would keep it unloaded even if I didn’t have a child though.
Post # 110
My husband and I both have out concealed carry permits and have multiple guns for protection, hunting, and for sport (such has shooting clays and skeet). We both grew up hunting and starting handling guns from a young age. My father collects all kinds of guns so it is also a hobby to collect/own them in my family.
Post # 111
@alaskin17: Thanks! 🙂
@Polyphemus: Wow! Do you think based on your experiences that you would feel comfortable carrying a concealed gun?
I have been thinking about getting pepper spray for atleast minimal safety. I don’t think I would ever be comfortable carrying around a gun based on my experiences so far.
Thanks to all of you who have posted your thoughtful comments and personal experiences. Please keep them coming!
Post # 112
@Treejewel19: I like to carry pepper spray sometimes, especially if I am riding my bicycle– I’m afraid of dogs and I’ve had some nasty experiences with them on my bike. I would definitely not feel comfortable carrying a gun, and I wouldn’t be comfortable if my SO did concealed carry either.
Post # 113
Husband owns a gun, I don’t. He likes going to shooting ranges, you could say it’s his hobby. I could shoot too and I also go with him, but I personally do not own a gun. His is more than enough. But I do like knowing that if in case something happens, both he and I can protect ourselves.
Post # 114
No desire to own one myself.
Post # 115
Hunting and predator control. And for safety should I need it.
Post # 116
@Treejewel19: Definitely! As I said, I have my CPL. I have carried concealed in the past, I just don’t currently because I sold my Beretta.