I came across an article last week, I think on Yahoo that basically criticized many gun ownership' deep affection for our firearms....that it went beyond self defense and tried to portray us as having some weird obsession with our guns that was not healthy.
Well, my personal response to that is YES I do love my guns, just as much as hobbyists enjoy model scale train sets, collecting coins, or playing sports like football. Our "sport, hobby, recreational activity" or whatever else you wanna call it requires a sharp mind and lots of responsibility. We invest hundreds and thousands in guns ammo and gear because we all want to shoot better, take time to care for our guns with proper maintenance and we just plain ENJOY our guns.
My guess is that the overwhelming majority of folks who criticize guns and gun owners have never handled a gun in a positive, controlled environment by a reaponsible operator. It's understandable that not everyone feels safe around guns, hopefully we can help positively change some of them, but some we cannot. They have a great fear of them because they only know what they see in the news and what they see in movies. Then they hear about some kid with extreme mental illness who commits a horrible act with a gun that they had no right possessing and think all guns are evil. Everyone in our community knows that we don't get enough positive press from most media, because they are being controlled by a larger agenda.
Its not about hunting, or collecting, or self defense from crime and tyranny....it's ALL of that. Us responsible gun owners own and carry our guns with pride and responsibility....and it's been our god given constitutional right for 300 years! Damn right I love my guns, and I treat them with the same respect they give me in return!
I wanna send this to the editor of the story if I can find it. Anyways, feel free to share my personal opinions on this to anyone that doesn't get it