After the Sandy Hook tragedy I had a small falling out with a couple anti-gun people in my family including my mother. Before Sandy Hook my mom didn't seem to have a problem with me owning guns and her only concern seemed to be me having a safe to properly lock them up and store them in. Well, poorly timed, she found out shortly after sandy hook that my fiancé bought me an AR-15 for Christmas (purchased weeks before sandy hook) and flipped out and urged me to get rid of all of my guns.
I will NOT be giving up my right to own guns based on someone else's fear or hatred for them. I have no mental health issues what-so-ever and I legally,safely, and responsibly own my firearms. Upon telling her I would not be getting rid of them she promptly said "*blank* you", told me I ruined Christmas, and took down all of her Christmas decorations including the Christmas tree. Still makes no sense to me how my gun ownership relates to Christmas..... Anyways
This brought up the question from a 110% anti-gun member of my family; "Why do you need guns if your not going to kill anyone? You don't need them at all. I have lived this long without needing a gun to protect myself and I would rather be shot and killed than have to shoot someone, I would use my fist or anything around me to protect myself but not a gun."
Now, I am 22 years old. My aunt who is not anti-gun agrees with my views but thinks it makes no sense at my age to have them yet. The reason I own firearms are as follows:
1. Protection. I have my carry permit and carry as much as possible. I also have them for home defense. I have a fiancé and plan on having kids. These are people that I care about. I do not own guns because I WANT to kill someone, but because if someone makes a decision to put my fiancé, my future kids, or my own life in danger I WILL protect. Even if some anti-gun jury throws me in jail after a defense shooting because I'm an "evil man just for owning guns" I would much more easily be able to cope with going to jail than living my life knowing I watched my wife or kids or both get killed in front of me while I had no way to stop it. Or being killed myself obviously.
2. Hobby. Why can't I target shoot as a hobby. Practicing and perfecting shooting the middle of a target is the same thing as practicing and perfecting your free throw shot in basketball right? Getting the ball in the basket? How about throwing horseshoes and getting ringers perfectly around the pole? Golf? Trying for that hole in one? Darts anyone? it's all the same. The only difference is shooting is slightly more dangerous. But that's where responsibility and safety comes in.
3. Learning. I have dreamt of becoming a police officer my whole life because I love helping others and theres no better satisfaction than knowing at the end of the day someone NEEDED you in a certain situation and you came through and got the job done. What better job than police officer? When someone needs help or is in trouble who do they call? (not ghost busters LOL) I have spent my whole life doing everything to not fall into the traps of teen and 20s behavior of this generation. While 90% of everyone else my age is out partying it up and being reckless and having "fun" I have been staying out of trouble doing nothing to risk tarnishing my background or record ruining my chances of becoming a police officer. I have been working full time since I was 17, up to 3 jobs at once. I don't even drink at all because I like to be in complete control over my actions and mind at all times. I am going to do everything in my power to live out this dream and by owning firearms now it gives me a head start for when I have one on my "tool belt" on a daily basis for work. I wanted to learn the Ins and outs of safety and function of firearms as well as practice. I know they teach you in academy but when has coming prepared for something ever hurt anyone?
I feel like I am a very responsible 22 year old and very mature for my age and don't think owning firearms makes me a bad person and don't think my reasons for owning them are wrong reasons. Right? Am I going crazy here?