The big topic in recent days is, of course, gun control. As we sit here listening to one side of the isle demonize an entire group of people who are guilty simply because they own a certain type of weapon, and we watch these same people think they are going to take down the NRA by boycotting businesses, I want to take a moment to humanize gun owners. Because we are just American citizens, 99.9% of us with no ill intent.
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The majority of these came from our Facebook page. These stories are unedited copy and paste.
Of course, it would be wrong to not include myself. I collect mostly old military surplus rifles, some of which do not operate or were retired due to age, but others are fun range guns. I don't use those for home defense since I am in a densely populated area and don't want to penetrate walls, and I don't hunt. But I go with a group of friends to the range regularly to enjoy their company, enjoy shooting, release stress, and meet new friends at the range. I do have a couple semi-auto rifles and pistols, and again, I enjoy shooting them at the range as well. In a previous day I also used several for shooting matches including IDPA and Cowboy Action Shooting. And one handgun was a work gun when I worked for an armored car company and then in the gun store where, as a manager, I was required to be armed.
We're not the boogie monsters the media and the far left make us out to be. Some of my shooting buddies are Democrats, too, so this is not a Republican thing alone. 99.9% of us wish no one any harm. We just enjoy our hobby - and I enjoy the history of some of my pieces - and want to be left alone.
Get to know some gun owners. Do your own research on the NRA. I like to take each person I meet on an individual basis, and I would hope others gave me the same respect. We are not the criminal element. We're your neighbors.