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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 01-26-2013, 12:31 AM   #91
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Other - I don't, but I'd like to. I appreciate the skill involved in target shooting after dating a guy years ago & going to shooting ranges with him. My DH used to target shoot (even black powder guns) and has lost interest.

Just not a priority in my budget at the moment.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:35 AM   #92
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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, 12:45 AM   #93
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In the interest of personal safety I don't think people should be discussing what weapons they may or may not have in their homes, especially given the amount of other information people give out on these boards.
I agree!
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:45 AM   #94
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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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Old 01-26-2013, 09:49 AM   #95
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:38 AM   #96
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Yes, we have hand guns and hunting guns both.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:32 PM   #97
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Several. I wish I could afford to shoot them, but ammunition kinda went through the roof about four years ago. And of course, never came back down again. Now prices are likely to shoot up again, and for the same nonsensical reasons.

My guns lived at my parents' house until they moved, and by then Tex Jr. was in his teens, and gun safety had been drummed into him by me and by the Boy Scouts. We have some friends with young children, and they know we have them in the house. However, they also are gun owners, so their kids have learned gun safety since they were old enough to talk.

Now, I want a decent .22 pistol so I can afford to shoot without having to take out a loan.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:39 PM   #98
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Yes, we have several guns. I grew up in a family who had guns for target shooting and protection, not hunting.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:16 PM   #99
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Dont get me started. I live in this state. Not willingly I might add......There isn't much I agree with when it comes to Texan beliefs.
I married a Texan. My first exposure to Texas culture came on my first trip to visit my FIL. A neighbor had shot and killed a burglar a few days before our arrival. I said to my FIL that his neighbor was likely in for some legal headaches. My FIL said "no, he called the police, they came and picked up the body". About a year later, he sent me a newspaper clipping about a court ruling where the burglar's estate was ordered to pay the homeowner who killed him for damages the burglar did while breaking in, and for cleaning up after he was shot in their house. Only in Texas.
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Several. I wish I could afford to shoot them, but ammunition kinda went through the roof about four years ago. And of course, never came back down again. Now prices are likely to shoot up again, and for the same nonsensical reasons.

My guns lived at my parents' house until they moved, and by then Tex Jr. was in his teens, and gun safety had been drummed into him by me and by the Boy Scouts. We have some friends with young children, and they know we have them in the house. However, they also are gun owners, so their kids have learned gun safety since they were old enough to talk.

Now, I want a decent .22 pistol so I can afford to shoot without having to take out a loan.


That's as much a reason as any I haven't purchased any larger calibers, save for the hunting rifles. As easy as it is to burn through $10-15 worth of .22 shells, I'd need a second job to afford to shoot larger calibers on a regular basis
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Old 01-26-2013, 05:15 PM   #102
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I have never held a gun, fired a gun or owned a gun and I almost certainly never will do any of the three, either.
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:32 PM   #103
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Why would so many people need to conceal a weapon all the time? Is where you live really filled with a lot of wild animals?
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Old 01-26-2013, 06:51 PM   #104
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Why would so many people need to conceal a weapon all the time? Is where you live really filled with a lot of wild animals?
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I think most folks are more concerned about 2-legged predators. And among those who have the license to carry concealed, not everyone does so all the time. My mother-in-law had a government job that occasionally put her in touch with dangerous people. But she only carried when she thought it was necessary.

For me, it's just too much trouble. I really don't even like to carry a phone so I don't see myself ever carrying on a regular basis - don't even have a concealable gun. That said, I'm tempted to get the license. One never knows when the need might arise (hopefully never) and it's not a quick process to acquire the license.

Edit: when I was young and living on a farm, I did keep a rifle in the truck during calving season in case coyotes were after the neighbor's calves. I also carried a large knife before I could drive to protect against a couple of mean dogs that wandered the area. Came quite close to using it too.
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I wonder if there is anyone from Ontario Canada that even knows if you are allowed a cancealed weapon if you are not in the military or police. I have no idea myself.
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