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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 09:35 AM

I'm 55 years old and have never owned a gun in my life. [View all]

Have I shot one-- sure---I was in the Airborne Infantry.

I've shot pretty much every weapon imaginable---all the way up to a 50mm machine gun. But again---that was in the Military.

But in civilian life... never had a reason to own one.

Personal protection? From what, the off chance someone breaks in my house? Well, it hasn't happened in 55 years.

A hobby? Perhaps... but once you've shot a 50mm, a handgun is quite boring.

Hunting? Nah---not really into killing animals.

Collecting? Not my thing.

I just can't imagine having a loaded gun on my night stand because of the small chance of an intrusion by a bad guy.

I can't tell you how many times over the last 15 years where my kids have entered my room while I'm asleep and wake me up for some random problem. If you are a parent you know that kids wake you up in the weirdest ways. They don't come in and shake you---they just stand over you waiting for you to sense they are there and wake up. Startles the shit out of me every time. If I had a gun on my nightstand or close by, would I have drawn on my wife or kids over the years??? Who knows.

OR---my curious Boys as they grew up---would they find Dad's gun and check it out. I think its been know to happen a few times where kids have found Dads gun and accidentally fired a shot---and the shot end up in the head of the sibling standing nearby.

I'd love to see some statistics on how many people have used a gun and saved themselves from an intruder or bad guy.

Funny but I don't see too many stories of that happening. Oh sure it has happened---even have some you tubes of it happening.

Then I'd like to see a statistic of how many have been slaughtered by guns with incidents like Aurora and Sandy Hook---or---accidental shootings when kids find their parents guns---etc.

I'm pretty sure the stats would be incredibly lopsided.







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