Do you have a spouse that sneaks guns and ammo into the house before you can see it? Kind of like when you go on a shopping spree and don’t want him to see all your new shoes and outfits? Or have you become that woman that can’t resist buying a new firearm just because it is pretty or a sweet shooter, and you have to explain the new addition in the safe? Why do we find it necessary to own so many guns? Ask any firearms enthusiast and the answer is, “because I want too, and I can.”
Seriously, though, there are many reasons to own a variety of guns. They are a great investment; rarely do they lose value. It is common to have different guns for hunting, recreation, competition and self-defense. There is a certain sense of accomplishment building different caliber rifles, tricking out your shotgun, mastering various handguns, and just having a collection of prized possessions to gaze at.
To some people, owning more than 2 – 3 guns and having a supply of ammunition indicates you are crazy or up to no good… a gun nut! The term Gun Nut is insulting, implying there is something wrong with a person who collects and enjoys shooting firearms, as well as exercising their 2A rights. Unfortunately, there is a separation of understanding between non-gun owners and enthusiasts. Education is the key and it is extremely important that we as responsible gun owners are doing our part to model safe handling and storage, advocate professional education, engage conversation on benefits of recreational shooting, hunting and conversation, and the importance of self reliance. We also have to accept that some will never understand our passion.
So it is okay to say yes, it is necessary to own so many guns! Invite the person questioning you to the range and let him or her experience it!
by Julianna Crowder
This post first appeared on agirlandagun.org