Monday, March 21, 2011

3 Reasons - Guns

Like "Just Saying", "3 Reasons" will be another weekly feature...

In light of recent call for more regulation coming from the Obama Administration, this week's topic is owning a firearm. Guns have played an important part in history, the way we know that guns are tools and not some kin of incarnate evil is more often than not they are used to help preserve our way of life. Even though the media would tell you different it is simple to look back and see the benefit of having this particular tool. To put it more simply; Guns don't kill people, people kill people. 

The first reason to own a firearm is the same reason you vote, exercising your rights. The Founding Fathers put together a simple yet highly effective document that lays out our way of life. The Constitution is 8 pages and the Amendments we have made since then might take up 2 more. We cherish the things that we have been given, by God (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) and man (everything else). So how could it not be positive to exercise our 2nd right and be prepared for any action. "Amendment IIA well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Even though the media has created a negative connotation on the word militia, I believe that we should stick to what works and in their time militias worked. Though I do consider myself to be part of a well regulated group the NRA. I don't think it's a requirement, but if it gives you some peace join up, it's inexpensive and provides both access to training and safety courses and it also provides some insurance in case the unthinkable happens.

Secondly, it's a safety issue. Face it the time where you could go to sleep at night with you front door open to catch a breeze is gone. The safety of you and your family should be one of your primary concerns, waiting 3 to 5 or more minutes for the police to show up is simply not acceptable. I'm not trying to scare you, but the facts are facts. In the year 2006 according to the FBI there was 447,403 robberies in the US, and 14.3% of them were home invasion. So at one robbery a minute, out of 100 minutes 14 of them were home invasion. Take a safety/training class, do your homework, figure out what is right for you and be ready. You don't call the police because they have pens, you call them because they have guns.

3rd reason, recreationGuns are a great hobby. There's the physics, the skill required, and the opportunity to interact with supersonic objects (that loud bang is a sonic boom). Some people enjoy target shooting or trap shooting, others prefer hunting, and still other prefer collecting guns. Guns tend to hold their value and sometimes even gain value over time. Many people enjoy it all. Regardless of what you've been told by the media, there is a good chance a gun related hobby is right up your alley. I find it to be both exhilarating and relaxing. 

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