Originally Posted by Mark_Van_Goth
Let me thank anyone who has posted a reply to this thread.
I've noticed that may of you follow the "I do it because I can" philosophy(Replies like "They're fun to shoot, if you like them then get them", "You don't need any particular reason to own a gun or another.You can own anything you want.". Call me closed-minded, but I still don't understand the point "I own it because I can"/ "I do it because I can".
In my modest opinion, you should always ask yourself why you're doing something, what are your aims and what will get from it.Especially if you're dealing with firearms.
A good reason to own a firearm is:
-Self Defense(Defend yourself)
-Hunting(Provide some food to yourself and to the others)
-Internal Security( Keep the order in your country.e.g.: fight the criminality)
-Foreign Security(Defend your country from a foreign/external aggressor)
-Training (You never know what may happen, you'd better be ready to any situation)
Owning a firearm just "because you can" it's not a good reason.A firearms it's a great responsibility, since it gives you the capability of choosing between life and death(In any sense). Doing things just because you can it's often not a good choice.You have to choose wisely.A DE .50AE is not the suitable to any of the situations(reasons to own a gun) listed above.
I partially agree with what you say here....
I agree with all of your reasons for owning. But those are not the ONLY reasons that one may choose to own.
Another reason is the enjoyment of the hobby of shooting. Others may just say "for the fun of it". That is certainly a legitimate/valid reason for owning.
It may not be a valid reason for you personally, but that does not mean it is not a valid reason for someone else.
I have always enjoyed the hobby of shooting. It is great fun and personal enjoyment to me.
Everything else has always stemmed or grown from that.
Yes, I own for self-defense and yes I own because I train.
But those two reasons have always been an extension of the simple enjoyment of the hobby of shooting.
Having said all of that, you will understand why I purchased a Desert Eagle .357mag in the 1990's.
It was an impulse buy to me.
It is a movie gun and looked way cool to me.
It was fun to shoot too, but personally that wore off quickly.
It turned out to be the most impractical pistol purchase that I ever made.
Too big - too heavy - could not conceal it.
(on the good side, it was well made, functioned perfectly and very accurate as long as you fired it with two hands - too heavy for one handed shooting).
So, in short, I orginally purchased it because of the fun of it and the enjoyment of shooting it but that wore off and from a training and self-defense standpoint it was very impractical, so I wound up selling it off.