I hate the term "sporting rifle" because it perpetuates the idea that you need a "sporting purpose" to own a firearm....so I'd rather completely eliminate the term sporting purpose so that sporting rifle wouldn't need to exist. Until that day...ALL RIFLES ARE SPORTING RIFLES!!!!!!
there are internet threads where you can post pictures of your targets to "compete" for best groupings. So plinking is a sport too since competition is involved.
and before you say that leaves out hunting...you're competing with other hunters for the animals (you gotta find the good ones first, and get as many as possible before the deadline).
Most civilization is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.
People Should Not Be Afraid Of Their Governments, Governments Should Be Afraid Of Their People