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View Poll Results: Do you own a gun?
No and I never have 178 45.41%
No, but I have in the past (or family did growing up) 30 7.65%
Yes, one 15 3.83%
Yes, several 85 21.68%
Yes and my family growing up did too 64 16.33%
Other (there's always an other) 20 5.10%
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:53 AM   #1
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Do you own a gun?

Poll is forthcoming! Obviously not a thread meant to debate gun control or issues

This came up on another (non-Disney) board I frequent and the amount of "yes's" surprised me. A few posters responded "I always assumed everyone owned at least one gun."


I only just recently discovered that a few extended family members own them which must mean I've been naive to their commonality. I'm also from New England and I understand that it's probably a regional thing.

Edited to add: For those that do - What do your kids know about guns?
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #2
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:58 AM   #3
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Handguns? No.

Shotgun/rifle for hunting? Yes.

Oh, DS also has a BB gun, but I don't know if that counts or not.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:09 AM   #4
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Well "I" don't but DH has quite the collection. DD is still only a baby so we haven't had a gun safety talk yet, but I hope by the time she's a bit older DH will store his guns off site. He's talked about it before but hasn't gotten around to it yet. Meanwhile they are locked up in a gun cabinet unless he's working on them or takes them to the gun range.

My father also had a shot gun and hunting rifle when I was growing up, though they stayed in their cases at the back of his closet (unloaded of course) and he never used them. He used to hunt before I was born but stopped once life with us kids got too busy.

Weather you have a gun in the home or no, always talk to your kids about gun safety. They may encounter a gun at a friends home and you want them to know what to do (don't play with it, if your friend does go find an adult, always treat a gun like it's loaded, don't pick it up/point it at anyone, etc.).
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:11 AM   #5
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Yes, I own several. Mixture of handguns, rifles and shotguns. All of them are passed down from my grandfather & father.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #6
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No, and VERY unlikely I would ever own one.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:51 AM   #7
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I don't like them in the house, but yes we have a few family guns stored at my parents in a gun safe.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:21 AM   #8
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Yes, a shotgun. Sentimental because it belonged to my Dad who died over 50 years ago.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:32 AM   #9
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My dad went hunting a few times when I was growing up, but not often and we didn't have a gun ourselves.

I do not own guns and have no plans to.

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Old 01-25-2013, 11:48 AM   #10
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #11
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Yep, we own guns. And if you come into my house uninvited, you WILL see them.
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Old 01-25-2013, 02:20 PM   #12
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Yes.
DH has a shotgun and two revolvers. (sorry, I put pistols, but they are revolvers) He does "cowboy" shooting, hence the revolvers. He also has 8 or so Airsoft guns, ranging from pistols to sniper rifles. Those things look very realistic. He used to play on the weekends, with other adults, out in the desert (in Vegas) and then later, in the swamp/woods (FL).

I have a handgun.

DS has a .22 rifle. He started with a Daisy Red Ryder air rifle and no, he did not put his eye out.

We've all taken safety courses at the gun range we joined. All the guns (except the air soft/RR) are in locked boxes in a gun safe, unloaded. Ammo and cartridges/magazines are in another locked box in the safe.

Can't get any more ammo for it right now, though, so we haven't been shooting. All the sporting goods stores and Walmarts are staying empty. One employee told us that there are a couple of people that come in every day, and as soon as they put it out on the shelves, someone is buying it up!
DH found some at Shooters, but their current rule is "to buy ammo, you must buy a gun" and you can only buy 2 boxes! They are the only place in town with ammo!


For those who think that the only way to protect people is to get rid of "assault" weapons, watch this kid. He beats the "assault" weapon with a rifle.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5PLnlRVqKQ

This kid shoots cowboy shooting, and was beating adults--competing as a kid. So, the adults changed the rules so he couldn't compete against them as a kid. Sooooo...he shoots as an adult. And beats them.

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Old 01-25-2013, 02:47 PM   #13
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I voted 'Other'...

I do not own a gun but I want one.

I want to learn how to safely operate a gun and feel comfortable using one and keep it locked in a safe at home. Unfortunately, I feel less safe as the years go by. I'm only 28.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:35 AM   #14
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My husband is in military. He can shoot quite well. We do not own any weapons.

My dad was a small game & bird hunter. He had rifles standing up in the corner in the room when I was growing up. Unloaded. I never touched them. Yet I used to go hunting with him & was taught a healthy respect of the dangers they pose & how to properly handle them.

I have never fired a weapon.

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Old 01-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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Never. Held a gun in my hand until I was hired as law enforcement. The first day I had it qualified that night higher then any veteran officer.
I don not like guns, do not believe even those in my family with assault guns or high capacity loaders should have them.

I do have a 38 cal five shot I am going to sell for a 380 to carry for self protection over my Gluck. I am retired but a licensed private investigator. Of late I unfortunately feel the need to carry and do have all clearances, training and permits.

Sad world we live in. At least everyone should have mace. Also, be alert at ATMs when stopping at night. Several attacks on women. That being said, I would give them the cash, not a gun in the face.
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