i recently turned 18 and now that im a legal adult i own a rifle and am in the process of buying my first shotgun. i have acess to my rifle and have live ammunition in my room and its an odd feeling. i shoot for fun but knowing that someday i might have to protect my country and family is sobering to say the least. i used to dabble in drugs in my early teens and was on the wrong path but now im a christain and hope to marry the love of my life in 2 years. when i was 15 i realized smoking pot and owning firearms in the future could not exist together because that would be very irresponsible so i made the right choice for me. "when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail" when i was younger i used to imagine a bad guy coming in the house and me valiantly defending my family from this "goblin" , but now i realize thats a serious and scary thing. i hope if the oppurtunity ever presents it self to defend me and my family i dont hesitate and make the right choice but i wish i could go my whole life with out ever having to pull the trigger on anything but paper and the ocassional slightly filled propane tank (200+ yards out of course =) w/ tracers ). A lot to think about when becoming a man and i think somones first firearm makes that transition more obvious, but one should never be foolish or a hero. i hope my sons grow to be moral, logical human beings.