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Reason # 1 to Own a Firearm

The United States Constitution states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”   The U.S. Constitution, I believe we can all agree, is a document designed to protect the people, us.  But the question becomes, protection from what?  Is it protection from each other?  Other countries?  Is it simply a right?  What did the authors of the US Constitution mean by “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and Read More >>

Reason # 2 – Overcoming Tyranny

According to the definition, tyranny is “cruel and oppressive government or rule. I’ve already touched on this once but thought it was better to go over it again as it’s important to me.  I do not advocate violence and believe that our forefathers put in place mechanisms that will overcome tyranny.  Such as elections.  But history has shown us that if we don’t take care of ourselves - who will?  Some might say that; in today’s society the police and government are there to help and protect. I beg to differ and we see it every day.  In an article in the New York Times by Read More >>

Reason # 3 – Self-Protection, and we all need to protect ourselves

Protecting ourselves, do we need to protect ourselves? This is referred to as self-defense in most cases, so do we have a need for self-defense? Let’s look at a few points. We’re in our own home and someone breaks in to do harm to us. Do we have a right to protect? We’re walking down the street, and someone grabs our arm. Do we have a right to protect? We’re in a public place, let’s say a grocery store of some kind, and we’re approached by someone who looks like they might hurt us. Do we have a right to protect? I’d like to take each and explore the possibilities. The first Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #4

4. A right guaranteed by our founding fathers. This is one of my favorites and you can tell because it’s number four. I love history! But what I’ve found with history is that it changes as society moves forward. The farther away from the event, the more distorted it becomes as it is re-written. That is, the interpretation of what happened or what was meant by someone is viewed with a perspective of current experiences. I’ve heard people say we don’t need firearms now. They’re not really needed for food. Not needed for protection as that is what the police are for today. So, why Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #5

5. Recreational Shooting. Have you ever just taken a day to go to the range? My family has a place that we can go to shoot, have a little friendly competition and simply enjoy the day with friends and family. A typical day at the range starts out around 7 AM. Hubby and I start gathering what we want to shoot and that can be a lot. Ranging from handguns to rifle to shotguns – really all of it. Gathering firearms and ammunition, we pack the SUV. This takes about an hour….. Once we get there, to a private range for family, we start the process of unpacking and staging. Again, that Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #6

6. Family heirlooms. For some, that would include me, history is fascinating.  Imagine if you will, walking the ground where George Washington stood to ponder the future of this great nation.  Visualize exploring the ground where George Armstrong Custer confronted Sioux and Cheyenne warriors on June 25, 1976 at the Little Big Horn River.   What would it be like to see and walk around the Alamo where roughly 200 Texans were killed by Santa Anna’s Mexican army? History can teach us about who we are as a person and as a culture.  So, when your grandfather hands down his first rifle Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #7

7. Investments, guns are a great investment. In most cases the value of the piece goes up over the years. Investments that can insure you future or help with the purchase of something more. That investment of course would need to be in the right gun. So, what should you look for if you wanted to invest? If you’re looking for something new, I believe you need to look for something well made and unique. If you take care of them, they should never reduce in value. Years ago, a Colt Anaconda .44 mag with a 4” barrel could be purchased for around $500.00. Today, that same piece could be Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #8

8. An artform, precision shooting Precision shooting is an art form, in my opinion. To watch someone like Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was a popular sharp shooter in the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. According to an article written by Suzanne Raga, Annie Oakley shot her first gun at 8 years old. Women such as Margaret Thomas Murdock, from the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and Lyudmila Pavlichenko from the Soviet Union are more recent examples of this art. We also see women today like Julie Golob, Kimberly Rhodes and Jessie Duff. Masters in their field and their ability is art in Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #9

Collecting firearms, handguns in this case. Just like collecting stamps, coins to just about anything that holds your interest - collecting firearms is fascinating.  Think about this, you have a firearm that was owned by General Patton (one of my favorite people) or John Wayne (I love his westerns)?  It’s a piece of history that has meaning to the person who collects it.  Maybe, the idea of being “that” close to a person you admire. I have a piece from my grandfather.  It’s nothing extraordinary but it means something to me as it was my grandfather’s.  I also have my first Read More >>

My Reasons for Owning Firearms…Reason #10

I was sitting down this month wondering what people would like to read about this month. I don’t like to talk politics, well too much. I like a healthy discussion, but I find it’s better in person for that type of conversation. As I’m reviewing articles and information that might be fun I come across an article from the Medium Corporation, The Bigger Picture. The “Note from the Editor” suggest that they take life experiences and explore for a deeper meaning to start a much-needed conversation. I agree. So, here is my conversation on things we can and do – do with our guns that Read More >>

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