Do you own a gun?

xOhxSoxScandalousx xOhxSoxScandalousx
I really hate guns. They scare me knowing the power they hold. But lately I've been considering my husband getting one for protection. It's my fear that someone could break into our house and we won't be able to defend ourselves if they have a weapon.

I don't know how we'd go about it though. Or how he can get licensed for this. Any suggestions?
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I own a gun.
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I don't own a gun but want one.
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I don't own a gun and don't want one either.
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
We own three guns, a 12ga shotgun, a 22 rifle and a 22 pistol. There is also two compound bows and a crossbow. Everyone is has been trained to use them and the kids know not to touch them with out the wife or me around.

For home protection nothing beats a pump action shot gun as everyone knows what they sound like when the action is worked. Most likely an intruder will run like hell when the hear it, they know that pin point aim will not be required.

One of the easiest ways to learn about gun safety is to take a Hunter Education class (Its not all about hunting) or look for a local gun club. Chances are your local gun club will have folks that will show you everything you need to know and have a few guns you can shoot. That way you can have some experience before purchasing.
06/09/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Don't have one yet. But the way our society is acting today (more hostile, more divisive, no respect for life, more psychotic mental cases running around our cities), I am seriously thinking about getting one.
06/09/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
My wife just has one: a 357 Llama (rather uncommon in America). I own several: 2 Colts, 1 Ruger, 1 Marlin, 1 Mossberg, and several Civil War antiques (inactivated).

I do not recommend anyone uncomfortable with firearms own one for self-defense. You'll be more likely to miss or shoot someone accidentally. For self-defense though, I recommend martial arts or a convenience weapon (baseball bat) if you're not comforable with your firearm(s) yet.
06/09/2012
Talena Talena
There was no "other" choice again...SIGH...

-OTHER I used to own one (to go hunting with my dad) but don't now but not fully closed to the thought of owning one in the future.
06/09/2012
gypsymama gypsymama
I don't own a gun and NEVER will!!!! Having a gun in my home would never make me feel safe, in fact it would make me very nervous at all times. My extended family all own guns, and I almost hate going to their homes because of it.
06/09/2012
BG529 BG529
My SO has a shotgun used for hunting. and a we have a few handguns. along with our permits. and a Pit bull lol. So our modo is if you make it past my dogs you wont make it past my guns. but you really wont make it past my dogs. lol

Thankfully I've never had to use mine. My SO always gets up with his first if something weird is going on. BUt it's when I'm home alone that scares me..
06/09/2012
funluvinmama funluvinmama
I don't currently have one, but I want to get one. Me and my 2 kids are alone in our house most nights and my hubby would feel safer with us having one here.
06/09/2012
brevado brevado
Several, including a pink .22
06/09/2012
humblepie humblepie
Other? I don't own one, and I don't necessarily want to own one, but I definitely want to learn how to use them! I love mechanical things and learning how to assemble/disassemble them and how they work. I just think they're pretty neat (though obviously quite dangerous!), but due to my klutziness everyone I know has told me this is a terrible idea. I've been looking in to some basic classes though, so at least I'd know how to clean them etc even if I can't shoot them.
06/09/2012
Sundae Sparkles Sundae Sparkles
I used to be very fearful of guns even though I grew up around them (grandfather owns gun store, my step father, father and brother have large collection, & my mom loves to go to the range) My views have changed over the years.. Its about defending ones self and being educated. My boy friend has 2 a shot gun and a rifle. I want my own handgun and a shot gun someday.
06/09/2012
Sundae Sparkles Sundae Sparkles
Quote:
Originally posted by xOhxSoxScandalousx
I really hate guns. They scare me knowing the power they hold. But lately I've been considering my husband getting one for protection. It's my fear that someone could break into our house and we won't be able to defend ourselves if they ... More
As for the "licensed" it depends on the state. we live in NY which makes it really hard to get a license to carry a concealed hand gun. but we have no permit for our shotgun or rifle and my boyfriend said that was legal and that we were not breaking any laws.

look up the rules for your state
where im from (Maine) you can go down to Walmart and buy a gun

check this site out its for ny but its more information
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ask questions when you go to the gun store. tell them how you feel if its a good gun store they will want to educate you and make you feel comfortable

watch an episode of 30 days:
link
06/09/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I don't own one - but think I should. It's just if you are not willing to get trained and stay in practice its not a safe choice. Right now I don't have the time.
06/09/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I own many.
06/09/2012
puppylove puppylove
Too many to recall a number off the top of my head. Both of us have permits for concealed carry, my partner is even a certified firearm instructor. We have just about every kind you can imagine in the house; handguns (in several calibers), shotguns, tactile rifles, hunting rifles, I even have a pink 9mm. My partner is in law enforcement and is an enthusiastic hunter, most of the collections is his.
06/09/2012
Megan Jean Megan Jean
I don't personally, but there are ones in my house.
06/09/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
I don't own one, my husband doesn't own one, my mom used to, and my best friend has a small arsenal.
06/09/2012
LoveYouLikeThat LoveYouLikeThat
We have rifles.. I'm thinking of getting my own for protection.. but I have young kids so I'm turned off of it. I am probably going to get a 30/30 for myself down the road..
06/09/2012
Taylor Taylor
I don't own one and I really don't want one. I would feel very unsafe with one in the house
06/09/2012
Master DarkWolf Master DarkWolf
Shotgun, 22 rifle and 22 pistol, and W/we intend to obtain more. W/we also have a crossbow, a 28 pound recurve longbow and a 50 pound recurve longbow needing a string, and going to get two traditonal Hungarian recurve bows.

W/we do believe in "more guns less crime", without them you would be practically defenseless against hostile people if they ever came. And you use them to hunt too of course.
06/09/2012
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Quote:
Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
We own three guns, a 12ga shotgun, a 22 rifle and a 22 pistol. There is also two compound bows and a crossbow. Everyone is has been trained to use them and the kids know not to touch them with out the wife or me around.

For home protection ... More
thanks for the info, I just learned something new today - how to scare intruders with pump action shotguns!
06/09/2012
Beck Beck
We don't have one yet, but we really want to. We live in an unsafe area as is. Both of us want permits to carry as well. I have shot one before. We just don't own any. We will one day though. We plan on showing the kids exactly what they do. Make a day of shot watermelons because they need to know NOT to touch them.
06/09/2012
HusbandandWife HusbandandWife
Quote:
Originally posted by xOhxSoxScandalousx
I really hate guns. They scare me knowing the power they hold. But lately I've been considering my husband getting one for protection. It's my fear that someone could break into our house and we won't be able to defend ourselves if they ... More
I (husband) have a few guns. We kept the guns and ammo in different places because of kids in the house. As for licensing you can check with local police station for details. Also, you can get training from some gun shops. Our kids have been taught gun safety and also shot at competitions on a local and national level. Very proud of their achievements! Check with schools, 4-H or other youth groups for teaching kids gun safety. Daisy is a huge supporter of kids shooting. Guns are safe if handled safely!
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06/09/2012
DreamWolf DreamWolf
Quote:
Originally posted by Master DarkWolf
Shotgun, 22 rifle and 22 pistol, and W/we intend to obtain more. W/we also have a crossbow, a 28 pound recurve longbow and a 50 pound recurve longbow needing a string, and going to get two traditonal Hungarian recurve bows.

W/we do believe in ... More
Exactly - I couldn't stand even the thought of them for longlong years, but I have realized that if I had to choose between my Master and His kids and the beloved just in general, vs somebody attacking any of us, hell yes I wouldn't hesitate for a moment to know where to aim!!!

And though guns work in a more effective way to kill both for self-defense and hunting, I was always craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzz zzzzzzy for classical weapons, and now that my childhood dream came true finally having my own bow and arrows (all being WONDERFUL LIKE A DREAM!!!) I am seriously practicing everyday with them, and will get into the crossbow when I can get it ready (hard to pull the string), and with the guns once W/we have moved to the desert where nobody will mind U/us shooting... ^^

Also, as my Master wants me to eat meat because you never know when you would have to rely on that kind of food source let's say in a grid down situation and/or when the crops fail, being a fanatic animal lover (and plant lover too of course!) I do choose to get into hunting, to eat critters who have a happy life (wild and around the house ones alike) over the poor lil ones grown in factories having a horrible life, stuffed with hormones and gods know what else, being unhealthy as hell, and not tasting that good on the top of that! So I am already worried about the whole thing of having to kill lil ones, but that's still muchmuch more merciful if you consider the big picture...

Whatever the reason may be, I do say, have a good rifle for both of you, maybe another set just in case, LOTS of ammo (invest into learning to melt led, a good source of ammo in case you can't buy any anymore, in an economical chaos for example!), have handguns in the same way too, shotguns of course, and you can never beat the fact that you can always make bows and arrows, so having a good bow (and you want to have a crossbow too, better to say a bow and crossbow for both of you!) already means that you will always find plenty of wood to experiment with making arrows (feathers are in an abundance too of course), so even if you are totally out of ammo there is still a good weapon to use! ^^

I also think that at an early enough but not too young age kids should be intruduced to guns with parental control, so they know what they are, they know that guns are dangerous so you want to handle them with maximum care, and they can learn the moral responsibilities, and with parental guidance they won't ever be tempted to do stupid stuff, and they will always be able to check them out and practice with the parents.

And remember: "guns don't kill people, people kill people" - and even if guns were illegal the criminals still wouldn't give a heck about it, so you better have some because they will carelessly go at you if you are the unlucky one, and without being able to take them out you might end up... Ehem, fucked... ^^
06/09/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I don't own a gun and at this point I don't need one or want one.
06/09/2012
pixxie87 pixxie87
i want one but i would never use it
06/09/2012
Melan!e Melan!e
I have guns at my dads house. We hunt and he enjoys collecting antique guns and weaponry. I have a 22 rifle, crossbow and compound bow. My dad on the other hand is very well equipped. It took me a while to get my gun licence. It works a little differently in Canada.
06/09/2012
ArsenicAlice ArsenicAlice
I can't wait to get a gun. ;3
06/09/2012
Llahsram Llahsram
Do water guns count? :3
06/09/2012
DustBunny DustBunny
I don't own one and don't think I really want one at this point. I don't hurt or really fancy shooting sports, so I don't see the need right now. Maybe that will chance, who knows.
06/09/2012
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