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andrewj
03-08-2009, 12:45 PM
I've been watching lots of videos lately regarding gun control and our 2A rights. Whenever a gun owner is asked why s/he owns a firearm, the answer is almost always for "protection". Very rarely do people bring up the fact that they are used for recreation, sporting purposes (competition), and hunting. They always seem to say "If guns were banned, how would I protect myself?".

My main reason for owning guns is recreational. By recreational, I mean that I don't hunt nor do I compete. I just like going to the desert and shooting s***. I say to myself, "If guns were banned, I would be out of a hobby".

Whats your PRIMARY reason for owning firearms?

If you have another reason, feel free to let us know.


ETA:


Why only one option? I have them for all the reasons you listed and then some.

I want to know what your MAIN reason is. If you were no longer allowed to own firearms, what would your mind run to first? I cant hunt anymore? I cant defend myself anymore? I cant compete anymore? I cant recreationally shoot anymore? Or I cant..... (fill in the blank)

DVLDOC
03-08-2009, 12:47 PM
PROTECTION

Frijolito1988
03-08-2009, 12:47 PM
Protection / recreation

5150Marcelo
03-08-2009, 12:48 PM
cuz I can.... so far.

AlliedArmory
03-08-2009, 12:49 PM
Protection / recreation

same

CSACANNONEER
03-08-2009, 12:54 PM
Why only one option? I have them for all the reasons you listed and then some.

Saigon1965
03-08-2009, 12:56 PM
I was intrigued with weapons as a kid - Living in a country during a war didn't help either - Now I own them for every reasons under the sun -

Bobotheclown
03-08-2009, 12:59 PM
I've liked guns since I was a kid and now I have enough disposable income to slightly indulge. Oh and protection...

DB2
03-08-2009, 1:00 PM
It's my right to.

andrewj
03-08-2009, 1:10 PM
Why only one option? I have them for all the reasons you listed and then some.

I want to know what your MAIN reason is. If you were no longer allowed to own firearms, what would your mind run to first? I cant hunt anymore? I cant defend myself anymore? I cant compete anymore? I cant recreationally shoot anymore? Or I cant.....

Fantasma
03-08-2009, 1:11 PM
Protection / recreation

+1

:thumbsup:

tortoisethunder
03-08-2009, 1:13 PM
I "use" my gun for mostly hunting. I do have them for personal protection and recreation though...epecially the handguns and semi-auto rifles.

Fantasma
03-08-2009, 1:13 PM
I want to know what your MAIN reason is. If you were no longer allowed to own firearms, what would your mind run to first? I cant hunt anymore? I cant defend myself anymore? I cant compete anymore? I cant recreationally shoot anymore? Or I cant.....

My mind would definitely say protection in those terms.

Jpach
03-08-2009, 1:15 PM
Im with Fantasma on that one. However in the terms we currently live in, I say that I own guns for recreational purposes and because I just like them. And because I can :thumbsup:

t0kie
03-08-2009, 1:21 PM
Protection / recreation

Same here.
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audihenry
03-08-2009, 1:22 PM
Armed robbery without any kind of protection is eye opening.

Danield
03-08-2009, 1:28 PM
It makes me feel like a man.

xibunkrlilkidsx
03-08-2009, 1:31 PM
Protection / recreation

same. more for recreation. who the hell would use a rem700 for HD?

psssniper
03-08-2009, 1:32 PM
all of the above and more

Warhawk014
03-08-2009, 1:32 PM
because i refuse live on my knees

Blue
03-08-2009, 1:32 PM
Why not?

hawk81
03-08-2009, 1:34 PM
To keep the fear of god in our United States government.

Jpach
03-08-2009, 1:36 PM
To "equalize"

redneckshootist
03-08-2009, 1:41 PM
E. all of the above

The main reason though is protection. I have first hand experience of how valuable guns are.;) A gun has saved my life before. I wont tell the story online though its too personal.

redneckshootist
03-08-2009, 1:44 PM
I want to know what your MAIN reason is. If you were no longer allowed to own firearms, what would your mind run to first? I cant hunt anymore? I cant defend myself anymore? I cant compete anymore? I cant recreationally shoot anymore? Or I cant.....

I would be dead ;)

SchooBaka
03-08-2009, 1:48 PM
Where's the box for all of the above? :cool:

freakshow10mm
03-08-2009, 1:59 PM
All the above but mainly protection.

bohoki
03-08-2009, 2:31 PM
its better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it

it is just like a fire extinguisher or reserve parachute,boating life vest

its a thing you never really "need" till you need it

of course they also allow you to have fun with them between "needs"

230grjhp
03-08-2009, 2:45 PM
No matter what rational reason I put down, the antis will always label me a "gun nut".

bill104
03-08-2009, 3:01 PM
Cuss I want to.

RobG
03-08-2009, 3:07 PM
No, "All of the above?" As you can see, most own for multiple reasons. Me, all except competition.

Maddog5150
03-08-2009, 3:07 PM
Zombies and or bluehats.

waxx
03-08-2009, 3:07 PM
because i can.

oh, and zombies, watchout.

tankerman
03-08-2009, 3:15 PM
Cuss I want to.Yep.

And because I like things that piss liberals off.

cannon
03-08-2009, 3:19 PM
I love plinking and competing. I also hunt. Firearms are my recreation.

nick
03-08-2009, 3:21 PM
same. more for recreation. who the hell would use a rem700 for HD?

There're different situations and different kinds of protection.

dadoody
03-08-2009, 3:26 PM
Self-Defense, and to proudly proclaim when people ask if I own:


YES I HAVE FIREARMS!
NO, I DO NOT WORK IN LAW ENFORCEMENT!
NO, I AM NOT ENGAGED IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY!

Dark&Good
03-08-2009, 3:41 PM
Right now, for all the listed reasons except competition, and then some.

AdamM
03-08-2009, 3:46 PM
Protection and Recreation

Mikeb
03-08-2009, 3:49 PM
It makes me feel like a FREE man.

I fixed it for ya...
Mike

capitol
03-08-2009, 3:51 PM
to shoot and kill coyote, bobcat, fox, badger, crow, jack and cotton tail rabbit, squirrel, possum, raccoon and skunk if im far enough away :D

Jesse996r
03-08-2009, 3:57 PM
Recreation

diginit
03-08-2009, 4:09 PM
It makes me feel like a man.

My gun makes me feel like a man. ;) My pistols are for protection and my rifles are for recreation and hunting.

1lostinspace
03-08-2009, 4:10 PM
I own guns Because I am a real American and that's what we do.
Also makes up for small wewe.

MolonLabe2008
03-08-2009, 4:22 PM
All of the above and plus it is my right.

Foulball
03-08-2009, 4:24 PM
Because I can and it is my right.
When we, as a country, don't exercise our rights we inevitably lose them.

Dr.12ga
03-08-2009, 4:34 PM
all of the above

OrovilleTim
03-08-2009, 4:56 PM
It's like asking "why do you want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". When something is our right, I don't think one needs a reason.

Sig357
03-08-2009, 4:59 PM
1. My pops programmed me that way. Thanks Dad RIP.
2. Protection
3. Recreation
4. Hunting
5. To piss off the wife

.454
03-08-2009, 5:11 PM
Because I am an American

sorensen440
03-08-2009, 5:13 PM
would killing puppies and kittens fall under recreation or competition ?

Sig357
03-08-2009, 5:15 PM
would killing puppies and kittens fall under recreation or competition ?

Yes, it's tough to hit those nimble kitties. They try to swap the bullets from the sky with their itty bitty paws.

chris
03-08-2009, 5:16 PM
Protection, Hunting and Recreation. why are you asking?

wash
03-08-2009, 5:22 PM
I own guns to exercise and protect my second amendment rights.

They are fun too.

mydogsmonkey
03-08-2009, 5:23 PM
i'd have to say primarily cause its my right too, i also enjoy it and enjoy the protection

knuckled
03-08-2009, 5:23 PM
The most important purpose for my owning guns is protection. My most common use for them is recreation. If I had to choose between the two, protection wins without a second thought.

Springfield45
03-08-2009, 5:23 PM
I own guns because I can't afford bodyguards.

I own guns because some people don't want me to.

I own lots of guns because there is no limit, and I want the entire set.

I own guns because I can.

I own guns for self defence.

I own guns for hunting.

I own guns for fun, as a hobby, for competition, for heritage, and the American tradition.

I own guns for any and all reasons.

JSTONE
03-08-2009, 5:27 PM
Because others have given their lives for me to have the right to own guns.

Futurecollector
03-08-2009, 5:27 PM
I own guns because I can't afford bodyguards.

I own guns because some people don't want me to.

I own lots of guns because there is no limit, and I want the entire set.

I own guns because I can.

I own guns for self defence.

I own guns for hunting.

I own guns for fun, as a hobby, for competition, for heritage, and the American tradition.

I own guns for any and all reasons.

+1
and to resist Tyranny, and protection from zombies

nick
03-08-2009, 5:31 PM
+1
and to resist Tyranny, and protection from zombies

I thought, you owned them to impress girls. Or does that fall under "any and all reasons"? :p

capitol
03-08-2009, 5:43 PM
would killing puppies and kittens fall under recreation or competition ?

it depends which hunting buddy im with. sometimes we take turns (recreation) and other times its all about who can pull the trigger first (competition)

MikeinnLA
03-08-2009, 6:03 PM
Ever since I stuck a Greenie Stickem Cap on the back of a toy cartridge, loaded my Mattel Winchester lever rifle and snub nose revolver and shot at cardboard targets from across the room with those neat plastic projectiles (yes folks, there was a time when we didn't care if they put your eye out.....Darwin was alive and well), I've been hooked. That, I believe, crystallizes the main attraction to projectile weaponry be it guns, archery, slingshots, etc. It is in man's nature to control and, to some degree, conquer his environment. These are deeply rooted instincts relating to survival. While blunt & edged weapons offer control over and defense of the immediate environment, projectile weapons allow man to extend his control beyond his immediate environment and to increase his "safe zone". The extent (distance/range) to which man can affect his environment enhances his feelings of power, security and satisfaction. Hence the appeal of target shooting, archery, etc which is a solid measurement of the man's ABILITY to affect things at a distance. An infinitesimal percentage of men today may ever need to defend themselves from a distance of 25 or 100 yards, but it is about KNOWING that they can that brings satisfaction. Similarly, the hunter KNOWS that he can provide for himself and his family when the chips are down. The extent to which a man is in touch with these basic instincts will affect his level of attraction to the shooting sports. As for current day, we, as Americans, are only a handful of generations away from a time when guns were a part of everyday life and survival. Unlike European civilization which spans centuries, it was a bare 150 years ago....only 2 life spans....when America faced a Civil War which pitted citizen against citizen. Many of us look at the world today and see a southern border in turmoil, a government hell-bent on control of the individual and a weak one world-minded leader who invites challenges to our resolve from within and without. We look at the world and we are more convinced than ever that an armed citizenry is critical to the survival of our nation.

So, the short answer is "protection"....

The more tricky question is "from whom"

Mike

West coast
03-08-2009, 6:04 PM
Protection / recreation :cool2:

bplvr
03-08-2009, 7:01 PM
We are on page seven of this thread and no one has mentioned collecting ,as in ; "Historic Preservation". My M1 Carbine from Bastogne is in that catagory. I'll never shoot her. She is sleeping in the safe ,wrapped in a silicone blanket.

Seesm
03-08-2009, 7:11 PM
Why only one option? I have them for all the reasons you listed and then some.

Yup my same idea....

andrewj
03-08-2009, 7:13 PM
We are on page seven of this thread and no one has mentioned collecting ,as in ; "Historic Preservation". My M1 Carbine from Bastogne is in that catagory. I'll never shoot her. She is sleeping in the safe ,wrapped in a silicone blanket.

That option crossed my mind after I posted the poll. When I think of collectors, C&R usually comes to mind but thats not necessarily all collecting encompasses. By definition, I am a collector of firearms. I assume majority of you gentlemen are too, whether you think so or not.

Also, building/modifying/repairing firearms couldve be an option too.

tankerman
03-08-2009, 7:15 PM
would killing kittens fall under recreation or competition ?Don't piss-off the monkey by killing his cat he might come for you.
http://science.kukuchew.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/monkey-confuse.jpg


(and we wonder where AIDS came from)

leitung
03-08-2009, 7:21 PM
1) Self Defence
2) Recreation (Target Shooting)
3) Part of my profession, I am an armed security guard
4) It's my right dammit, and I enjoy anything that liberals hate.

JimmyD
03-08-2009, 7:21 PM
protection in case of the zombie apocalypse

nevadadave
03-08-2009, 7:24 PM
because a fully loaded tank doesn't fit in the safe.

7x57
03-08-2009, 7:56 PM
I guess I won't vote, because I suppose the really bottom-line answer is that this is a family tradition on my father's side. My boys receive it from both sides of their family. Guns are useful for all the practical reasons people have stated, but I probably would not know that without learning as a child that guns are a normal part of life. And I can only own them legally because a lot of other people also received and passed on the Anglo-American tradition of the armed citizen.

They are there for whatever we need them for, and because we are free citizens we don't have to have any reason at all to have them. "I want one" is good enough if you are free. And to be free, you need to be taught to be free. And the best teacher is a tradition of freedom.

7x57

devildog999
03-08-2009, 8:41 PM
All of the above should be a option.

Deadred7o7
03-08-2009, 9:07 PM
To keep the fear of god in our United States government.


Bingo we have a winner :thumbsup:

timmyb21
03-08-2009, 9:59 PM
All of the above. Actual answer, because I can.

sb_pete
03-08-2009, 10:02 PM
Why only one option? I have them for all the reasons you listed and then some.

+1, I originally bought a gun for recreation, the others came after that. I own them for all four reasons and have bought them for all four reasons. I bought my first one for recreation though.

I also buy guns for historical and/or curiosity in their mechanical workings. Sometimes I just want a gun primarily because I think it looks or operates in a cool manner.

-Pete

G-Man WC
03-09-2009, 5:14 PM
All of the above and because the founding fathers say I can. No one else in my families history has ever owned a gun. Well except my grandfather from Greece. There's an old family story from the 40's where a friend of my grandfathers shows up at the house one night asking to borrow his pistol. Well the friend shot someone with it.... his wife and the guy she was doing!
A little off topic but I thought I'd share. -g

CmpsdNoMore
03-09-2009, 5:16 PM
I'm a dum dum.
I didn't read the quoted part until after I voted.

I voted recreational but I would first think protection if I lost the right to bear arms.

VeryCoolCat
03-09-2009, 5:33 PM
I own guns cause they are COOL :D

Actually I went to the store to buy my first shotgun, preferably a security short one. Went in and BLAM... there was an FN TPS from the video game I played, I knew it was the same guys who made the FN P90 (my first and ONLY airsoft gun) and I had to buy it.

rg_1111@yahoo.com
03-09-2009, 5:40 PM
For fun and protection.

HappyG
03-09-2009, 5:46 PM
Zombies.

Adonlude
03-09-2009, 5:49 PM
1/3 of my collection are gun's useful for protection. The rest are recreation.

Linus
03-09-2009, 5:49 PM
Where's the 'All of the above' option? :hat:

Electricboy
03-09-2009, 5:55 PM
protection, recreation, hunting, and competition

tujungatoes
03-09-2009, 6:15 PM
I'd have to say recreation. Guns are just fun for me. Shooting, building, reloading....etc. Anything I can learn about any gun is cool to me. However there is a definite "because I can" factor.



and yes protection.

Because I've seen LOTS of zombie movies. I know they're coming.....and when they do, I'm going to F*** them up.:D

B Strong
03-09-2009, 6:34 PM
Why do I own firearms?

To assert my right to do so as a free citizen of this republic.

SJgunguy24
03-09-2009, 6:41 PM
That's why! I love my childern more than life itself. I'll be damned if ANYBODY harms them on my watch.

http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/ll66/SJgunguy24/004-6.jpg

chrisdesoup
03-09-2009, 6:44 PM
Recreation/hobby ....

I don't buy them for protection, but keep them for protection....


Oh, and it's my right as a citizen of this great nation.

hellraiser
03-09-2009, 7:25 PM
you should have had a all of the above option!!!!

Fate
03-09-2009, 8:33 PM
To make tyrants think twice and liberal nanny-staters wet themselves. Plus I am a WWII history buff and collecting firearms and militaria of the period is a passion.

cesboze
03-09-2009, 9:00 PM
Protection/recreation/hobby/zomibies/SHTF. I've always liked guns since I was a kid. I went from BB's, to pellets, to paintballs, to airsorft, to lead...plus its a privilege to own a gun.

chrisdesoup
03-09-2009, 9:24 PM
Protection/recreation/hobby/zomibies/SHTF. I've always liked guns since I was a kid. I went from BB's, to pellets, to paintballs, to airsorft, to lead...plus its a privilege to own a gun.

Privilege? sorry but according to my constitution, it's my right!

mif_slim
03-09-2009, 9:27 PM
because its a god given right.

fed20
03-09-2009, 9:30 PM
Protection, Recreation, and because I love them

Gnome
03-09-2009, 9:34 PM
Both A and B. It is a recreational activity that I enjoy. Unfortunately, I don't get to do it enough.

Also, I have a girlfriend and two small children in the house. Lord forbid someone would try to enter my house with the intent of harming any one of them. This is why I also use my recreational guns for protection.

chrisdesoup
03-09-2009, 9:40 PM
because its a god given right.

Your god D**n Fu**in right!

Deadred7o7
03-09-2009, 9:42 PM
Privilege? sorry but according to my constitution, it's my right!


Not in this state its not :(

yellowfin
03-09-2009, 10:09 PM
It's just always been part of my life. I always have and I always will. Hunting and recreation were the primary purposes for my early life, protection was a side effect and afterthought. Nowadays it's all 3 in equal consideration I suppose, but I've long had the hunting covered through family legacy and gifts from early on so I guess I don't give that the level of thought. Upon having met my wife the protection priority obviously has gone WAY up. The recreation part is a side effect of the other two.

tombinghamthegreat
03-09-2009, 10:21 PM
Protection is my primary purpose for owning guns....all the other reasons are just an added bonus to exercising my rights.

draconianruler
03-09-2009, 10:28 PM
All of the above but mainly for recreation. That is why I have so many :D

Steve O
03-10-2009, 2:12 AM
I just want to point out IMHO that you forgot a few very important items....

(Why do YOU own guns?)

- Because our government insists so bad that we don't need them.
- Because the next ban will never expire, and I want my children to inherit my arsenal. via: family trust.
- I believe in the ideals our our founders: checks and balances between the governed and the government.
- Preparation for any possible Civil war.

Just think, what if your unborn son is John Conner? He's gonna need his AR! lol. When my anti gun friends ask me "Why do you need so many assault weapons?"
I first educate them. Then they rephrase the question to..."Ok then, why do you feel the need to own so many legally configured, center fire, semi-automatic rifles?"

I respond to that question with my own question... "Can you look in to your crystal ball and tell me whats going to happen in the future??"
I get a crazy dumb look...then say... "Well me nether..."

Then the conversation turns to..."is the united states of America so advanced on the social scale that we couldn't possibly have another civil war?"
My liberal friends seem to believe that we as a nation are beyond our greatest conflicts, and they point to the fact that we have a newly elected black president as an example.

Ok then forget civil war. I list other examples of incidences that could cause civil unrest, and they seem to think the national guard will protect us.
I list a few MORE examples how we could suffer such a great attack/event that will cripple our communications and thus our military...and they call me a doomsdayer!

I can't for the life of me understand why so many California college educated students don't know world history, and how they seem to simply trust our government!
And even if a person does trust our government, their are world forces (such as the federal reserve bank/world bank) that can cripple the US government overnight if they wanted to do so...

ohh and...

The primary reason the founding fathers explicitly
enumerated the right to bear arms *IS* for their ability to kill, or
hopefully, threaten force, in the face of oppression, invasion, and
other threats to life and liberty. I do not see guns as a threat to our
society, but rather a tool to ensure our freedoms and safety through
citizen enforcement. The right to bear arms is specifically named with
the purpose of ensuring a free state by means of holding the *POPULACE*
responsible for helping to safeguard their own freedom and security.
This is a struggle not about the right to target shoot or even hunting
in the wild, but a dispute in which something much more profound is at
stake.

I believe in the constitutional guarantee of the people's right to
bear arms means that the balance of power between the government and
the governed is different in America from anywhere else in the
developed world.

This is why I own guns...

Q
03-10-2009, 2:51 AM
You didn't add collecting. It's pretty fun hunting down old and rare parts.

Here are a few of my favorites I have out.
A Chinese hooded FSB for a milled rifle.
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n32/qbertquartz2/Mfsb1.jpg
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n32/qbertquartz2/mfsb2.jpg

A Russian FSB for a 100 series rifle.
http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n32/qbertquartz2/rfsb.jpg

KAC SR-16 FSB on the way.:thumbsup:

Beelzy
03-10-2009, 8:40 AM
I simply like mechanical devices.

"The ones that manage to contain explosions in such a manner as to cause
a projectile to be distributed to another point anywhere I aim it is quite
fascinating to me."

Dummies shut up......Intellectuals are left intrigued. :D

mcsoupman
03-10-2009, 8:42 AM
The primary reason the founding fathers explicitly
enumerated the right to bear arms *IS* for their ability to kill, or
hopefully, threaten force, in the face of oppression, invasion, and
other threats to life and liberty. I do not see guns as a threat to our
society, but rather a tool to ensure our freedoms and safety through
citizen enforcement. The right to bear arms is specifically named with
the purpose of ensuring a free state by means of holding the *POPULACE*
responsible for helping to safeguard their own freedom and security.
This is a struggle not about the right to target shoot or even hunting
in the wild, but a dispute in which something much more profound is at
stake.

I believe in the constitutional guarantee of the people's right to
bear arms means that the balance of power between the government and
the governed is different in America from anywhere else in the
developed world.

This is why I own guns...

+1 What if the banks go on holiday because of a bank run? Banks shut down, no cash to access. Now the stores close because even if people pay with cash, there is no value to it because what are they going to do with it? They can't deposit it. They can't trade on it. If they close, food becomes scarce. Food becomes scarce, people get anxious. Anxious people make me scared. I bought a gun so those anxious, frieghtened, hungry people don't try to pilliage me for what I might have. Or is it that I want to pilliage them . . .

I am not a doomsdayer, but in places around the world today, there are bank holidays. In French polynesia banks are only open 1 day a week. That just started recently. It is a very real possibility. Look at all the banking issues we have right now.