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Old 03-28-2014, 8:24 PM
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Thumbs down Am I the only one who gets crap for liking guns?

Whether it be friends, classmates in college, or family members, I get a lot of crap for being into guns! I'm told that I can't even tell my grandparents I have a gun... I live in a semi gun-friendly town with conservative family but that does not seem to make any difference!

Does anyone have this problem?

(This is definitely not going to keep me from putting my NRA sticker on my car as soon as it comes in the mail )
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Old 03-28-2014, 8:33 PM
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Whether it be friends, classmates in college, or family members, I get a lot of crap for being into guns! I'm told that I can't even tell my grandparents I have a gun... I live in a semi gun-friendly town with conservative family but that does not seem to make any difference!

Does anyone have this problem?

(This is definitely not going to keep me from putting my NRA sticker on my car as soon as it comes in the mail )
You like guns? lol loser.

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Old 03-28-2014, 8:53 PM
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You like guns? lol loser.

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Haha the reaction I usually get is shock and then some form of 'Why would you want to take up such a "dangerous" hobby?' I'm sorry, it's only dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.

I went into Walmart to ask where their ammo was and the guy looked like I had just confessed to murder or something. Guess I don't look like a gun gal
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'Why would you want to take up such a "dangerous" hobby?' I'm sorry, it's only dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
Haha, it isn't dangerous. You're behind the safest part of the gun. You could teach grandma to pull the trigger.

Not to change the topic, but THIS is dangerous....................

Yes, it is a woman behind the controls.



I've seen people die in my racing days. I've never seen anyone shot at a range let alone killed. It floors me people think firearms are a crazy deadly sport.
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Old 03-29-2014, 1:25 AM
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Whether it be friends, classmates in college, or family members, I get a lot of crap for being into guns! I'm told that I can't even tell my grandparents I have a gun... I live in a semi gun-friendly town with conservative family but that does not seem to make any difference!

Does anyone have this problem?
Welcome to Calguns. Lots of us have this problem. A year ago I decided to get back into shooting and my wife is not happy. She grew up around guns and her dad took her shooting. She is fine if the guns stay with her dad, but she is not happy that I have my guns at home or that I have introduced our now 19 year old so to guns.

Personally, I believe that as the hoplophobes see that they live among more gun owners that are normal every day people who are not violent criminals a few might realize guns are no different than any other tool.

My son is in college also. He has converted a couple of friends by inviting them to go to the range with us. Something about pulling the trigger, smelling the gun powder, and feeling the recoil just overcomes people's fears when they are introduced to guns in a safe setting.

So, do not hide, let them see you are still the same person, you just happen to have an interest in guns. It is no different than an interest in motorcycles, cars, or sports. It just happens that this past time also provides a very good method of self-defense if the need ever arises.
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My family which is a combination of Democrat and Liberal are all into guns, some are ambivalent towards them, but either spouses are ex-military and have collections, or like me and have always had them, no one thinks about them one way or another since we were raised with them.

As far as anyone else is concerned I never mention them. This was instilled in me since I was a little girl by my Father back in the dawn of time.


I asked my sister who is not into guns but her husband is ex Black Beret, "You do not find it weird that I had guns as long as you have known me?", She replied, "No, they were all over the house it was just normal to me."



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Welcome to Calguns. Lots of us have this problem. A year ago I decided to get back into shooting and my wife is not happy. She grew up around guns and her dad took her shooting. She is fine if the guns stay with her dad, but she is not happy that I have my guns at home or that I have introduced our now 19 year old so to guns.

Personally, I believe that as the hoplophobes see that they live among more gun owners that are normal every day people who are not violent criminals a few might realize guns are no different than any other tool.

My son is in college also. He has converted a couple of friends by inviting them to go to the range with us. Something about pulling the trigger, smelling the gun powder, and feeling the recoil just overcomes people's fears when they are introduced to guns in a safe setting.

So, do not hide, let them see you are still the same person, you just happen to have an interest in guns. It is no different than an interest in motorcycles, cars, or sports. It just happens that this past time also provides a very good method of self-defense if the need ever arises.
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I'm a relatively new gun owner, did not grow up with guns and most friends and family do not have them. And I live in the Bay Area. Most of my friends and family were fine with it, although the circumstances for my getting it in the first place were for protection against an existing danger. But those who don't know there's a real reason were still pretty much fine with it and I have found that many of the women I know are starting to take interest in learning to handle guns itself. And we are planning to take a group of ladies to a Women on Target event in a couple of months.
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Basically libtards are anti gun . Hang around with non libtards and there will be no problems.
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I don't get too much of it. A lot has to do with who you tell. My grandparents aren't around anymore and I am the most gun nutty in my family. But, even my dad is coming around. He's not buying them, but I don't get crap about them.

There are many things less dangerous than guns. In all honesty, most things are less dangerous. I wouldn't worry about it.

Part of the issue is that people don't talk about it so it is thought of as an anomaly. There are more owners than many realize.

My parents were out last week and my dad asked me if I had to register my handguns. I kind of laughed and said, nope, and I can go buy one today without a background check. I told him that most of the country operates that way, but if you watch the news, you wouldn't know it.
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Gun owners are the minority in CA it feels like at times.
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I don't get too much of it. A lot has to do with who you tell. My grandparents aren't around anymore and I am the most gun nutty in my family. But, even my dad is coming around. He's not buying them, but I don't get crap about them.

There are many things less dangerous than guns. In all honesty, most things are less dangerous. I wouldn't worry about it.

Part of the issue is that people don't talk about it so it is thought of as an anomaly. There are more owners than many realize.

My parents were out last week and my dad asked me if I had to register my handguns. I kind of laughed and said, nope, and I can go buy one today without a background check. I told him that most of the country operates that way, but if you watch the news, you wouldn't know it.
My step-father and his family are from Boise. Many years ago, it seemed every one in that area had guns. I remember visiting the homes of people and seeing loaded guns stored on bookshelves or mantles, all within easy reach if needed for self-defense.

When the high tech industry started booming there it has attracted people who tend to be antis.

My step-father's family also owned a cabin in a small town in northern Idaho and everyone open carried there. It was 40 miles off the paved road and a sheriff's deputy might drive through twice a week. I loved the times I spent in Idaho. I cannot wait until retirement so I can move there and feel free again.
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Part of the issue is that people don't talk about it so it is thought of as an anomaly. There are more owners than many realize.
Most think it is a bad idea to say, 'Hey, I have valuables, come rob me!'

Owning a big safe just begs, 'Here are valuables, please break in!'
In my opinion it just keeps out the honest people, like locking your car. Pros can break into anything.

I am not sure how to raise my hand and say, 'I am a gun owning libtard', without letting myself in for being robbed of my valuables.


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Basically libtards are anti gun . Hang around with non libtards and there will be no problems.
Apparently you are hanging around with the wrong libtards......


Disclaimer: While hunting in Alaska my bush pilot and I suffered engine failure and crashed into a lake. I had to hike out with a broken arm. All my valuables were lost in the bottom of the lake.
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Gun owners are the minority in CA it feels like at times.

Not as much as much as you might think. They are definitely the minority, but they are out there and most don't know calguns exists.

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My step-father and his family are from Boise. Many years ago, it seemed every one in that area had guns. I remember visiting the homes of people and seeing loaded guns stored on bookshelves or mantles, all within easy reach if needed for self-defense.

When the high tech industry started booming there it has attracted people who tend to be antis.

My step-father's family also owned a cabin in a small town in northern Idaho and everyone open carried there. It was 40 miles off the paved road and a sheriff's deputy might drive through twice a week. I loved the times I spent in Idaho. I cannot wait until retirement so I can move there and feel free again.
I totally understand but the two tech companies employ maybe 5K people so they are vastly outnumbered. I don't know that is changed the open carry tendencies much considering it is just a sign of the times. People still open carry, but not too often. I wish I lived in a smaller town where everyone open carried all the times.

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Most think it is a bad idea to say, 'Hey, I have valuables, come rob me!'

Owning a big safe just begs, 'Here are valuables, please break in!'
In my opinion it just keeps out the honest people, like locking your car. Pros can break into anything.

I am not sure how to raise my hand and say, 'I am a gun owning libtard', without letting myself in for being robbed of my valuables.

Disclaimer: While hunting in Alaska my bush pilot and I suffered engine failure and crashed into a lake. I had to hike out with a broken arm. All my valuables were lost in the bottom of the lake.
I subscribe to that theory. Not many people come in to my home and only a subset of those know I own and shoot. I don't advertise what I have for just the reasons you described. But, I don't hide it from my family (even the liberal ones) or close friends. OP was talking more about family in the OP.

And your disclaimer is awesome!
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OP, do you think you are getting crap because you are female? If so, I would throw it back at your family and ask them why they think a woman can't take care of and protect herself? Or take part in a particular hobby? I always find it interesting how liberals like to talk equality, but their actions speak otherwise.

Sorry about posting originally in the ladies forum. I didn't notice that the first time I posted.
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OP, do you think you are getting crap because you are female? If so, I would throw it back at your family and ask them why they think a woman can't take care of and protect herself? Or take part in a particular hobby? I always find it interesting how liberals like to talk equality, but their actions speak otherwise.

Sorry about posting originally in the ladies forum. I didn't notice that the first time I posted.
Great topic and worth the dialog no matter where it is!

My mistake for not reading the post better. All my family either owns or have spouses that own so that is not an issue for me.
For instance my Father was a Korean vet and I have Vietnam vets all over the place. Interesting to say all the Vietnam vets are libtards and gun owners. Go figure...
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I find that those that criticize me about using and/or owning do not know anything firsthand about firearms.

Therefore, I look at it as an opportunity/obligation to enlighten them!
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I find that those that criticize me about using and/or owning do not know anything firsthand about firearms.

Therefore, I look at it as an opportunity/obligation to enlighten them!
Indeed!

I usually talk about clipazines, shoulder things that go up and flashidenators.
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It's part of the vilification/indoctrination process. The antis are constantly pounding anti gun sentiments into all segments of society. Part of that indoctrination process is to make gun owners feel like they need to hide something.
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I am amazed at responses I have received any thing from are you nuts to prayers at church for a great match (true story: went to Bakersfield and stayed with cousins night before the 3gun winter classic. Invited to attend services with their family. During service they asked if anyone needed needed a special prayer. My cousin stood up up and said please pray for my cousin (me) during her 3gun shoot. This for me this was a very weird feeling having the whole church say a prayer. It was a mixed reaction in the congregation but yep prayers were said. )
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I haven't received any grief about owning a gun, but if I did I would put them in check.

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My parents and cousins are extremely anti-gun. Very liberal, very anti-gun, I get the question "why do you need a gun" from them quite a bit.

Most everybody else I know, I grew up in LA where guns are not cool, people are afraid of them, people are anti-gun without thinking about it or knowing why.

Basically I just don't say anything about guns, and I go to the range with my guns in a guitar gig bag so my neighbors don't freak out. (Oh my god, a gun!) And when I get to the range I get to do this
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My parents and cousins are extremely anti-gun. Very liberal, very anti-gun, I get the question "why do you need a gun" from them quite a bit.

Most everybody else I know, I grew up in LA where guns are not cool, people are afraid of them, people are anti-gun without thinking about it or knowing why.

Basically I just don't say anything about guns, and I go to the range with my guns in a guitar gig bag so my neighbors don't freak out. (Oh my god, a gun!) And when I get to the range I get to do this

I just ask, 'Why do you need a giant TV, why do you need three iPADs, why do you need a big house, why do you need a Rolex.....yaddah yaddah......."

Then I say, "Because I want one and I am an American exercising my 2nd-A rights!"

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I am 60 and been shooting all my life. Owned a .22 rifle at somewhere around 8 and my first semi-auto .22 pistol at 16.

I play this all the time so I can be reasonable when I talk to people:
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All the time. I just make it clear I think they are weird for not having guns and being at the mercy of those who may impose their will by force upon them. Too each his own, man and sheep.
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My parents and cousins are extremely anti-gun. Very liberal, very anti-gun, I get the question "why do you need a gun" from them quite a bit.
I really hate this question. For the antis, it is a rhetorical question. Most of the time they expect the the reason the person being asked owns a gun is because they have an irrational fear of BG hiding around the corner ready to attack at any second or it is just a dangerous and expensive toy that has no real use.

There was a time in my young life when I needed to use a gun to save my life and the lives of my siblings. It did involve discharging the firearm. Death was seconds away and the police were at least 5 minutes away.

If I respond with my story, I am not believed, it is discounted as something that is abnormal and would rarely happen, it is just a play on emotions, or it would never had happened if we had a perfect world without guns. Of course, they neglect the fact that the BG was a fully grown adult male and I was a 12 year old child and so I was still at a great disadvantage. The gun was the equalizer. I had been taught how to shoot at age 8.

BTW, I still have that .30-30 lever action and I will never part with it.


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My wake up call came when I had a stroke at age 48. It took 3 years to fully recover and this will be the first full year I have been able to teach since the stroke. I have finally reached the point where I do not give a darn about what anyone thinks or says.

Since I took on that attitude I have come to learn that 6 other teachers at my school are gunnies. The teacher next door to me wants me to take her shooting. She grew up in Riverside and has never touched a gun. She is a physics teacher and is a bit fearful of guns but wants to go shooting because many physics examples in the textbook involve a gun shooting a bullet. When she learned I have guns and I shoot she asked me to take her because she feels safe around me.

I figure that if my normal self can make someone who is fearful of guns feel safe enough to ask to go to the range to shoot, then I must be okay.

So, if asked why do I need guns, my answer is I will not answer that unless you are willing to close your mouth for 10 minutes and not say a word nor interrupt me and have an open mind so you will really listen to me. Otherwise you are wasting both of our time.
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I really loved reading all of your guys' replies, thank you! I only posted it in the ladies' forum is because I feel like women run into this issue more often than men do.
I'm not surrounded by many liberals, but more by people who are uneducated and more than likely fearful of guns, therefore they see me liking them as abnormal and even concerning....



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OP, do you think you are getting crap because you are female? If so, I would throw it back at your family and ask them why they think a woman can't take care of and protect herself? Or take part in a particular hobby? I always find it interesting how liberals like to talk equality, but their actions speak otherwise.

Sorry about posting originally in the ladies forum. I didn't notice that the first time I posted.
Yeah I think it definitely is. As a 21 year old blonde girl, I don't fit people's typical mold of a gun owner. I think my parents just wonder why guns, out of everything I could choose... But I can ask them the same thing with regards to their boring hobbies.

I personally think if people have a problem with guns, they need to be taken out to go shoot one. I'm sure I would have a different perspective if I'd never gone out to shoot my first .22 rifle
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My friends like to make jokes about me being a 'gun nut'. I take it as a compliment since I'm a proud gun owner.

My mom wasn't too keen on the idea when I was younger (I got my CCW when I was 21 in TN). However when I moved out of state for grad school she was super happy that I had a gun. I guess she feels that outside of her city of comfort, her daughter having a gun is a good thing.

I've had my NRA sticker on my truck for months now and still haven't had any weird looks or comments (that I've noticed anyway). All here in the Bay Area.
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I get it all the time too. More so when I came out as a lesbian. It seems those macho men out there just can't stand to be upstaged by a tall, beautiful and successful women who is not into men! Hehe
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Old 04-11-2014, 2:15 PM
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I went into Walmart to ask where their ammo was and the guy looked like I had just confessed to murder or something. Guess I don't look like a gun gal
This happens to me every time I buy ammo! I know this area is traditionally dominated by males, but there are more female shooters than people realize.
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I get it all the time too. More so when I came out as a lesbian. It seems those macho men out there just can't stand to be upstaged by a tall, beautiful and successful women who is not into men! Hehe
Men have their place....in the home fixing things like toilet leaks........


While I am out at the range

Or in my wood shop.......

Seriously the macho thing goes away after a bit. I just go do my thing and make nice groupings at 100 yards on the rifle range or 25 yards at the pistol. Kind of quiets them down when I make no bones either way. Just Git'er done.

I have always worked in the male side of working because the money is better. You win respect by doing the job. If I need help for lifting something heavier than I am nothing is said just respect for doing the work.
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Old 04-11-2014, 6:36 PM
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I had a guy at work that always called me a gun nut. Always made jokes about me shooting someone if I got mad. I explained to him that I would NEVER draw my gun unless I felt my life was in danger, and I am actually much more of a "wuss" when carrying. I avoid confrontation more than I ever used to. I just took him shooting last week, and now he's looking at buying a hangin for home defense!
Looks like he's going to be a "gun nut" too.
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:59 AM
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After I got done learning to fly light airplanes, learning SCUBA, learning to ride a motorcycle, bought a motorcycle and took a trip to Manhattan alone, no one was all that surprised that I took up shooting. And no, I have no intention of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane....
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I think the cool factor in firearms is the actual physics involved. There are so many different things that need to be considered at ranges beyond 600m. The what why and how when it comes to placing a .308 in the ten ring at that distance and beyond when you really consider the fact that you are an ant on a rock travelling at 900 plus MPH (rotating planet) and having the capacity to place that shot, given all of the factors like wind, temp, weapon temp etc. Is really the coolest part. When you consider the factors required to hit, it is really a trip.
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Old 04-12-2014, 2:05 AM
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Many people I know, don't know I own guns. I like it that way. Close friends and family know.
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Haters gonna hate. The only person in my life who is weird about guns is my mom. But I think it's just mom stuff rather than hoplophobia.
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Old 04-12-2014, 7:15 AM
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I never got any crap, not even when I was young and presumably cute and running the 22 club in college, walking across campus with my cased rifle in my backpack. I doubt you could do that anymore.

My husband introduced me to trapshooting when we met about 6 years ago. I finally beat him for the first time this last weekend (111 out of 125) and he was so proud, he brought me up in front of the league award ceremony. Everyone had already known though; some of them told him before he was off the line.

I guess it's about the company you keep.
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Old 04-12-2014, 7:25 AM
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I'm at the point in my life where I just don't waste my time with people who insist on being opinionated & ignorant. I remain as civil as I can & just move on. So far, I've taught a few gals basic pistol because they approached me. In the beginning, they told me that they were totally terrified & had all sorts of preconceived notions that guns were bad. But after a few rounds of .22, it was all good.

The last lady I helped at the range went from the .22, to a .38 special, to the .45. This was just to show her the difference in recoil. She and her husband had a good time & that's the most important thing, I think, in being a gun owner -- have fun safely
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