Because I want to be!
I’m sure everyone has different reasons for purchasing that first firearm. Thought it might be interesting, so here goes…
I lived in Orange County, CA when the LA riots happened. That event sure made me think long and hard about protecting what is mine. I figured I should have a pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun. Yeah, that should do it.
This thought stuck with me, but I did nothing but think about it.
Then it happened. Bill Clinton and Al Gore were elected to office. This scared me way more than the riots. There was a lot of talk about banning this and that, taxing bullets, etc. I figured it was time to do it while I still could.
In less that one week I owned a Beretta 92FS, a .30-06 Springfield, and a Remington 870.
I happened to mention I was looking for a rifle to a motorcycle riding buddy while we were in my truck driving out to the desert early one morning. Right then he told me he has his recently diseased fathers deer rifle at the house and want to get rid of it due to the kids. He said 100 bucks and it’s yours. I had it in my possession later that evening when I dropped him off at his house.
The shotty I purchased for $300 cash from a co-worker right in the parking lot at work. It originally belonged to an old timer that was a member of a gun club in SoCal. He was the original owner and bought it new in 1962.
Two down, one to go. While visiting family in Oregon for the holidays, I spent an afternoon visiting all the pawnshops in town. Found the 92FS in almost new condition for $260. After the five minute waiting period (one phone call) I was walking down the street with a pistol in my hand. What a strange feeling. Of course, it helped to have an Oregon drivers license (registered my truck in OR many years before) to pull this one off.
Sorry for the long post, I'm bored this morning and have a good coffee buzz going.
My oldest brother taught me how to shoot before I could even hold a .22 rifle by myself. I've been shooting ever since.
I like to shoot and I like to exercise my American Heritage, Freedom!
To date I've used a gun to put meat on the table, entertainment and to save my families lives from a violent in home attack. They can make all the laws they want telling me how I can't, but I'm not giving up a thing. I'll die first! I look at most gun laws as an infringement on the Second Amendment and therefore UNCONSTITUTIONAL! That is the reason why I won't turn my RIGHT to carry into a privilege by obtaining a CCW...
I firmly believe the difference between a free man and a slave is the possession of arms!
I choose to own firearms to protect myself.my family and my country from all enemies, foreign or domestic,especially the liberal government factions.
I shot my first gun when I was 6 or 7. It was an SKS and I accidently put my nose right behind the receiver and pulled the trigger before my dad saw where I just put my nose. There was blood every where and I got some tissue shoveed up my nose and went back and did it again(with nose in correct position)... I have loved shooting ever since. I own not only for sport and pleasure but also for defense of myself and loved ones.
For a few reasons...
1. Protection from anything or anyone threatening my family.
2. I enjoy shooting. I don't compete, mostly because I don't have the talent, but I do enjoy going to the range & "unloading". It's a good stress release for me.
3. I like to take the shotgun out & busting clay birds every now & then.
4. I just appreciate a well made firearms, I have a few nice pistols & rifles & shotguns that I would never part with & someday pass them on to my son.
Only a few short years ago I was about neutral on the whole gun thing. But then I took a job in armored transport and got to fire my first gun, a Ruger GP-100. I ran into a lot of weird things and realized this gun was saving my butt every single day, even though I rarely touched it (in uniform, otherwise I shot the heck out of that thing). Eventually, the poorly rebuilt Ruger eventually gave up the ghost. It wouldn't fire anymore and getting any work on it would cost me out of my own pocket (which wasn't right since the gun was a company issue, not my own personal weapon). But I was expected to carry a gun and qualify with it when it didn't even shoot.
It wasn't long after that Ruger quit on me that I bought my first gun, my Sig P226. I offered them $50 for the dead gun, which is about what they bought it for, but they wouldn't sell (you get attached to guns you carry in this manner, I learned). Swore the P226 was the only one I would buy, but three months later I had a 686 to match because I missed shooting a revolver. Then I got a CCW and realized both were just too big for concealed and I ended up with my Bersa T380. Now I want a Remington 870, too.
I have my guns to save my own hide if the time ever comes. My P226 has saved my life in the past, and my 686 may have one time as well. I won't be without my two favorite "kids," although I can take or leave that Bersa. LOL!
Maybe Im a dreamer but if you havent watched the movie "V for Vendetta" you should,I can only believe our military is at LEAST that smart.
Scooter, I would like to believe that, also. After two decades of service, I would like to believe that our military wouldn't do that, either. However, some good reminders are Waco & Ruby Ridge. They weigh heavily on my mind. It all depends on HOW the Government paints the "insurgents". I think we all know the Government is awesome at disinformation when they want to be. (Sorry for the hijack )
I am a gun owner because I like to shoot guns. Besides practice shooting, I use guns for hunting and personal protection.
1. I enjoy shooting.
2. Protection of my wife, my son, and myself.