QUOTE (Macys_Hero @ Mar 2 2013, 03:18 PM)
A firearm's primary intended function is protection, unfortunately some of our fellow country men use them for robbery and murder and such, as it happens in other countries as well.
I digress however in order to protect yourself well with a firearm and to ensure you do not hurt yourself doing so YOU must practice with the firearm and KNOW the firearm. In all my time working for homeland armed contracts I have NEVER had to discharged my firearm (knock on wood) for use as protection. So I could easily say every round I have discharged has been to improve my marksmanship at a Gun Alley or out and abouts in the hills target practicing.
I was like you at first afraid of even holding a loaded firearm, I'd break out in a sweat holding the firearm without even firing it yet, but with training I grew to respect the firearm and learned proper handling and maintaining of the firearm, now when I go to shoot I bring my old targets and try to out do my personal scores, I even take my Grandfather that served in Vietnam and we try to out do each others scores.
But as you mentioned... Obsession? You have to seperate Americans, collectors, hunters and marksman from that and specify where the obsession part comes in, because I know I don't have the money to obsess with guns I barely got enough extra to pay for the rounds to practice nowadays and I AM required by law here to practice within every 90-120 days. I haven't seen anyone post a picture yet of a underground cache of guns, nor have I seen any firearm licence holder in my area show me one of those yet, I see a bunch of guys that have a hobby.
Also I dunno how one could not admire a hunter that is an age old skill that has self sufficent value and really hasn't got alot of scrutiny until people on a broader scale started being able to go buy their specialty "meat" from McDonalds. I friggen love venison jerky, burgers and so on, my wife cooks snake, badger, opossum she's a old school Native woman.
With all that being said from my Moderation stance I think the OP wants some firearm owner's discussion and pics not depreciation of his hobbie, I know firearm owners get that enough from the media. But If you have a question abut firearms I am sure these guys won't mind assisting you.
Amen, I couldn't say it better myself Macy.
QUOTE (DemitriCoal @ Mar 3 2013, 04:52 AM)
I have never bought a firearm, the rifles I have were left to me by my grandfather when he passed away. We are a working poor family and barely make it from week to week so during hunting seasons we buy licenses because killing a dear and processing it is a lot cheaper then buying a months worth of meat at the store. These "killing weapons" help our family make ends meet without harming or threatening any other human being.
AMEN TO YOU AS WELL! I look at hunting as putting food on the table so me and my family can eat and survive. I know what its liek to be dirt poor and having to dig through the garbage for food so I know your pain when you say you're doing it to survive.
QUOTE (ninryu @ Mar 3 2013, 07:01 AM)
And those maniacs who does shoot people with their guns wouldn't be able to do so if guns weren't sold like eggs and bread in convenient stores; so people wouldn't need 'protection' anyway!
This statement is invalid. I grew up around guns and was raised to respect the weapon and to know proper safety protocols when handling said weapon and was always told that one wrong move and you or the person closest to you could get killed. A gun is not evil, there's only evil in the hearts of those who use it for such. And guns arent sold like candy and eggs, background checks are required, proper training is required for some guns depending on the type, and some guns even require 3 months of waiting for a special license to own it and mental checks and everything. And saying if they were to ban guns and stop selling would make it more safe, you would be incorrect for the simple fact if someone wants to kill another, they'll find a way, gun or not. And if they did ban guns, people would still have them and get them. Think about when they made weed illegal, people still buy it and use it. Most of the time when you hear about gun violence, its because someone didnt follow proper gun safety or had a screw loose and they shouldve did a mental check. Like the school shooting, his mom KNEW he was a mental case but yet she kept her guns out in the open and he knew where they were.
QUOTE (Macys_Hero @ Mar 3 2013, 05:42 PM)
The majority of guns recovered off criminals are stolen, you only hear about the legit gun owners in the news cause that kind of news sells or subs, common crime involving guns happens so often in places like Chicago the media has a policy on not reporting on it. Just like suicides in San Fransico, it happens so often they don't report it (Golden Gate is a suicide hot spot 2-3 times a week).
And obviously you are not here in the states, cause I bought my gun and didn't get to have it for 2 weeks until a federal background was completed and i came in with my federal licensing, last time I bought eggs I got to leave right after I paid for them. Legit owners have to jump thru alot of hoops to purchase their firearms, criminals just gotta jump thru your window and take your gun safe .
Texas has the most passive gun laws and they have the least gun crime, it's not a secret to criminals there that the person they might try to rob or assault might be armed. I have alot of reading marterial on these subject matters if you would like me to PM you links, otherwise lets keep this on topic of the OP's original intented purpose, thanks in advanced.
Yea it's obvious he isn't in the states, hunting is a American tradition here. NC has passive gun laws as well. It didnt even take me 20 mins to do a background check and buy my Mosin for hunting season, but it took me a weeks wait to get my pistol permit because they ran a entire background check on me. Shotguns and Rifles you can just walk in, do a simple check, buy it, walk out, but pistols and anything automatic require way more paperwork.