Truth is, people who need guns are sad and pathetic and need a gun to maintain their delusions of adequacy.
Ill admit that oralloy is a one issue Republican. Im a Dem and Im a gun owner. I own several, quite few actually. The responsibility of gun ownership includes keeping the guns out of circulation to all but a limited few.
To me a gun is a necessary tool for country life. We have coyotes and feral animals that like nothing more than singling out a youngish lamb or calf for a snack. This affects my business and I will take the predator out
We are infested with groundhogs that are fecund little bastards who, by digging their burrows along field edges, and eating lush fields of alfalfa that can turn a profitable crop into a loss and can make a field a dangerous plot where a tractor can be overturned.
My work carries me into deep woods where we have a healthy population of things like bears and, in the west, pumas.
A gun is not a first choice for avoiding animals, its a last chance to save a life. Weve had several black bear attacks along the Appalachian Trail and along the Northern Kingdom areas where I have several Ilmenite and gas well project sites .
I maintain a single weapon for in-home protection. We do have violent break-ins in the US, (mostly due IMHO, to the loose availability of guns, mostly because th 2nd Amendment is a right that is out of control). .
In the past year a fellow over near Fulton who, by bragging about a lucrative insurance payout in a neighborhood diner, made himself a target to two thugs who were "just passing through the town" and happened to overhear the guys brag-fest. They found out where he lived, cased his house for a few days (he lived alone on a 200+ acre farm). They closed in one evening and brutally murdered the guy using knives . The two thugs (one 18 the other 22) were quickly caught and sentenced. The victim should have
1. Watched his original boasting in public where he didnt know everyone
2 Kept a gun, its only smart
I keep a 12 gage riot gun pump action. Its loaded with 01 and 00 SHOT. It will kill. Ive had experience being shot at in anger (Nigeriqn/Biqfran border wars) so I have no doubt that I will not even hail an intruder to "Stop". If he breaks into my home, he will become dead and I will face the consequences. Period. Im not going to wax philosophical about his "rights", hes there to assault my family. Im daddy bear in this case.
I wish we lived in a more mature civilization here in the US, so that guns could be kept out of the hands of criminals, then Id feel totally safe without guns available. My wife is a crack shot and we hunt together. Im not sure she could kill someone in our defense, but sometimes the weapon alone is a deterrent.
My life is a happy (mostly) pursuit of xperiences that dont involve guns. As I said, I keep them as tools for my farm, for sport, and yes, for protection.
Actually Ive had to use a gun to scare off bears in 3 separate events. Ive only had to confront a human once (and that was a drunk who came into our hayloft to sleep it off.)