Why I Purchased My First Hand Gun

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  1. Should have kept it about guns. It was pretty interesting until you got to talking about the “government takeover” of healthcare.

  2. ***I was not mugged or assaulted. I don’t live in a high crime area. There was no traumatic event that sent me running to the gun store.***

    With that excerpt from your article, above, I have to say that you are rather unique. I rarely (if ever) have seen a “convert” without having “been mugged” in life. You did an exceptional job with proper training, but to have walked yourself into such a culture conversion, I have to give you a stand-ovation.

    Its funny. I was raised with every type and flavor of firearm possible. I was on youth rifle teams and would “go shooting” out in the wild with my own .22. I WAS a victim of ongoing mugging, and I never thought of using the guns to stop it. I even knew as a child that such use would land me in the nation’s fiercest, deadliest and most disgusting juvenile prison system.

    By age 10, I had already read about horrid events in Massachusetts juvies, and I was dedicated to “death before imprisonment.” Its likely the reason I devoured every tidbit of information possible throughout a childhood of safety classes, hunter-safety courses, NRA-Youth Safety, Demolay Gun Safety and Rifle Team, and the only other one I can remember was the Essex Cnty Sherrif’s LTC safety course. At 21, I began to “carry” — that is “carry the license” in my wallet. I can’t remember any occasion to carry in Massachusetts.

    I hate vulnerability…no tolerance for it at all, but I know the results of any use of a firearm in liberal states. But I knew SO many other deadly techniques to stop an attack, carrying the weapon would have been a major distraction.

    I did not carry until I began having children at age 38. I have an LTC in New Hampshire, and until I had an un-paid PARKING ticket in Massachusetts, I had a non-resident permit for 20 years at least. If I was with the kids, I was never un-armed. Trips to NYC, (where no one get a LTC except the highly-elite-class)…well, if the kids were along…let’s just say I observed priorities. Trips to Disney, flying or driving, I carried as far as the inner sanctum of the Disney-campus hotel, then in the room-safe it went for the duration of the visits.

    With the kids in-tow, I don’t have the freedom to use non-firearm deadly-force, nor will I put them at risk in such a step. With kids present, the gun allows me less worry about breaking legs and jaws, but adds a demonstrable deterrent i.e.: Father with a gun.

    I thank God I’ve never had to use a gun pointed at a human…any human!

    • ***I was not mugged or assaulted. I don’t live in a high crime area. There was no traumatic event that sent me running to the gun store.***

      Neither was I. Nor do I. I came to the same decision as, and for more or less the same reasons, as the author.

    • And you know what, I thought I was the only person like me, too.

  3. Reason why I want a gun: Target shooting for sport. Only thing I want to shoot is paper, and maybe the occasional animal for food but not particularly interested in hunting. Due to the laws here, it’s pretty hard to have a weapon for self-defense in Australia since you have to store the ammo and weapon separately, if you have to get it quick will there be enough time?!

  4. In my humble opinion, weapons are like alcohol or sex. Despite what some might wish, people in general are going to go there and the best thing for it is to accept reality and develop and teach good practices.
    I live in a place in Texas with about 14,000 souls. It is quite wrong to imagine that Texas has weak gun laws. In fact, they are neither simple nor especially permissive. Nonetheless, there are far more guns here than people. And gun crime is almost completely non-existant. Like, not a single case in several decades. Kinda like Switzerland or Vermont.
    If I had to explain this, I would say that a big part of it is that responsible gun ownership is respected as a positive, good thing by the public and the cops – therefore irresponsible gun-behavior is harshly stigmatized and judged by everyone here. For example, a carry license is to be issued – shall be issued – to everyone who can pass the various tests. So if you are caught carrying without a permit you have to deal with this question, “Since legal carry is possible, why do you not have a license?” That is really hard to answer. So, DAs and juries have no hesitation to send them away.
    When teaching your kids firearm safety and range manners is openly acknowledged to be a good thing, failure to do that is obviously a bad thing. BTW, it is a felony in Texas to leave a weapon out where an untrained person can get at it.


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