Does an interest in firearms lead to paranoia?


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FTF
October 4, 2006, 10:18 PM
First off, I'm an average THR member. Gun owner, both traditional and 'assault' weapons, CCW permit and carry regularly, newly minted "cruffler" working to support my milsurp habit as well as an active letter writer to any person/representative/business that I think goes against my beliefs on gun control.

That being said....

I wondered lately, as the years go by and my 'collection' grows and I become more active and aware in politics and news in general... Am I getting too paranoid?

I'm so damn fast to jump on anything and think they are 'coming after me'. I love my guns, I love going to the range, I am glad I have the ability to protect myself where I live. Lately, with this spat of school shootings and the resulting gun-control arguments, I'm fixing to buy a few thousand rounds of ammo and a couple more guns "just in case" they try to make them illegal again. I live in a crappy, violent town and I'm seriously looking into more carry pistols that expand my options for carry in places that walk that thin line between legal and illegal with my permit. I think it's good to be paranoid when it comes to safety, but now I'm just paranoid over the entire system.

I just don't want to end up one of those whackos who wears the tin foil hats and thinks I'm the target of some kind of government conspiracy. Is this normal???

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noops
October 4, 2006, 10:22 PM
Well, as Kissinger once said about Nixon, "Even paranoids have enemies."

I'm guessing you're just fine.

Geronimo45
October 4, 2006, 10:25 PM
With all the anti groups out there, wanting to ban all sorts of guns, you ought to be worried. They got that stupid AWB passed, and want it back again. Governments tend to be happy to revoke rights for the sake of the 'children.'

CountGlockula
October 4, 2006, 10:26 PM
It may be normal to some, but abnormal to others.

I'm not a psychologist or anything, but it seems that you love the gun hobby a little too much. Take a break and find something else to preoccupy yourself like sports or something...without loosing your passion for guns.

I've fallen into your situation also. Even though I'm not in Law Enforcement, I feel like I am because I own a gun. But like certain thing not to share at the office, keep it to yourself.

If finding another hobby doesn't workout, then maybe you should take tactical handgun training class. Your paranoia will diminish when you're actually getting a first hand look at handgun combat scenarios.

That's my opinion. Hopefully, I won't see you at the looney bin.:neener: Just kidding.

Take care my paranoid buddy.

NailGun
October 4, 2006, 10:26 PM
Just because you are paranoid does NOT mean THEY (you know...THEM) are NOT out to GET you!

Depends.....Good protection for a false alarm. :D NailGun

browningguy
October 4, 2006, 10:31 PM
The short answer is no, you aren't paranoid, they really are out to get us. Unfortunately we've seen increasing controls on the population (both democrats and republicans), the courts just approved domestic spying, people no longer believe in personal responsibility, things are pretty much going to hell in a hand basket. Most of the sheeple don't see it, they are becoming immune to the whole idea of personal liberty, and the attached responsibility. The democrats in particular push the idea that the government will take care of everything and some people buy in to it, no matter the cost.

We'll soon be like the UK, you get fined and an anti-social order for telling people to stay off your property, and for all practical purposes it's illegal to defend yourself or property.

eastwood44mag
October 4, 2006, 10:32 PM
You're not paranoid if they really are after you.


"I am like a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."--J.D. Salinger

Puppy
October 4, 2006, 10:45 PM
As previously mentioned, there are several organizations & groups who's sole purpose is to disarm the American people of privately owned firearms.

Unfortunately those organizations have the support of tens of millions of voters, which translates into a real, tangible threat.

AJAX22
October 4, 2006, 10:49 PM
The line between parinoia and perception is open to Interperitation.

The simple fact is that if you are a gun owner, then alot of people are out to get you, disarm you, and villify you in the news.

hillbilly
October 4, 2006, 10:52 PM
And what, EXACTLY, do you really mean by that???????????????????????:scrutiny:


hillbilly (which is not my REAL name, just in case you're wondering)

History Prof
October 4, 2006, 11:32 PM
it seems that you love the gun hobby a little too much.

I agree with this part of Glockula's comment. Send me all of your firearms, and then you won't have to be paraniod. I'll be happy to take that burden from you.:neener: :D

Rezin
October 5, 2006, 12:30 AM
Paranoia is just reality on a finer scale....................

Zundfolge
October 5, 2006, 01:00 AM
Sometimes awareness looks a lot like paranoia.

Before you got interested in guns you likely didn't realize how big the assault on gun rights was and/or it didn't bother you because you didn't stand to lose anything.

Low-Sci
October 5, 2006, 01:05 AM
Decide for yourself, FTF. Paranoid is a relative term, it really depends on how comfortable you are with it and how comfortable the people in your life are with it, and how that affects your relationships.

If you think people are shying away because you're becoming the creepy arsenal-in-the-basement guy, it might be worth it to shove off and take a break for a while. Reconnect with people, let the cosmoline do its job for a couple weeks.

Bottom line is if the way you feel bothers you, directly or indirectly, you should take some action to change it. If it doesn't bother you, then don't sweat it, just keep your eyes peeled for when it does.

Arcticfox
October 5, 2006, 01:22 AM
There is a fine line between paraniod, and prepared! :uhoh:

I hope you enjoy other hobbies besides guns!

You might be paranoid if:

-You sleep with a gun under your pillow
-you have one hidden in every room in the house
-you carry one everywhere you go (including the shower :confused: ?
-you think every responsible person should be armed at all times
-the number of guns you own is "classified" information

BTW, what is this talk of 'zombies?' What IS a zombie supposed to be? Are there people out there that think the dead are going to walk the streets? Or are there some sickos trying to classify people as "non-humans" so they can justify a twisted fantasy of killing people? Just like fanatics label infidels as 'sub-human' so it's ok to kill them. Could somebody help me with this please? :banghead:

Prince Yamato
October 5, 2006, 01:24 AM
My Anti-senses are tingling... or was the previous post just a newbie?

DRMMR02
October 5, 2006, 01:28 AM
Interesting concept. I only started getting into firearms a year ago, and as of now I only own 3, 2 pistols and a shotgun. Ever since I started carrying though, I find myself looking at situations differently. Before, when I would go to a gas station at night and see bums or shady types hanging around, I really didn't think much of it. But now my eyes are open to all of the terrible things that the criminal mid is capable of. I find myself evaluationg everyday situations as if something bad were going to happen. I go out to eat with my family and I'm looking for exits and such. I take my gf to a movie and I look for parking spaces that are well lit and and visable from many areas, even if they aren't the closest. These are things I never even thought of before I started getting into guns.

The question is, what view is closer to reality? I think before, I was just naive. My view of reality then was skewed to unsafe proportions, not now.

Panthera Tigris
October 5, 2006, 01:28 AM
For some reason, as I get older, I'm more interested in news and politics, and less interested in other stuff.

BullfrogKen
October 5, 2006, 02:01 AM
DRMMR02 said: The question is, what view is closer to reality? I think before, I was just naive. My view of reality then was skewed to unsafe proportions, not now.


You think its bad now? Wait until your 15 year old daughter says, "Daddy, there's this really cute boy at school that . . . . "

DRMMR02
October 5, 2006, 02:03 AM
Then I'll have something to post in the "Have you ever used your collection to intimidate..." thread :evil:

44AMP
October 5, 2006, 02:23 AM
It is not an interest in firearms that brings on the feeling of paranoia, it is the awareness of history, and of present conditions that firearms ownership can bring about.

As stated before, you aren't paranoid if the really are out to get you. Paranoia being defined as an irrational fear, delusions of persecution, etc.

There is nothing irrational or delusional about it, Brothers and Sisters, WE ARE PERSECUTED! Simply because we own firearms we are labeled as potential _____ -(insert evil here). We are made equal to those who commit crimes of violence with firearms. Everfy time some nutjob does something with a gun, WE get blamed! Unless the nutjob kills himself, then the guns get blamed, and WE get blamed because we have guns.

This kind of logic says that all men are rapists, because some men are rapists. All women are prostitutes, because some are. That in fact, All people are criminals (who just haven't been caught yet) because some people are criminals. Anyone out there see a flaw in this besides me?

How is it that people in older times, with less of what we call education, could see things so much more clearly than so many people today?

Perhaps the question you should be asking is not "Am I paranoid?", but Am I paranoid enough?"

Dr. Dickie
October 5, 2006, 07:24 AM
I am a lot like you. I used to (20-30 years ago) read about those paramilitary anti-government nuts out in Idaho or where ever and shake my head. Now today, I understand what they were talking about (not the Nazi racist nutcases, just the extreme Constitutionalists as I have come to realize). If it wasn't for my wife and her parents, I would likely looking to buy some land in Wyoming someplace.
It is not just the antiguns, it is the overwhelming number of sheeple that WANT more goverment in their lives, more government laws telling you what you can and can't do, more government intrusion into every thing you do.
If the school system actually taught the kids the principles on which this country was founded, and how there is a serious group of folks who are commited to the exact opposite of those principles (I am sorry, but the Left are not patriotic Americans. They are dedicated to the elimination of the very core of the founding principles of this country. They can tap dance around and rationalize it all they want, but they are not patriotic Americans, they are traditors), there would be another revolution.
I too am questioning my sanity, because the world has gone insane--and undstanding that insanity is not healthy. It is not us, it is them. I have not turned against my governement, my government is turning against me.
But history is ripe with changes that happen for the darnedest reason, so hope is there.
So, hang in there and just keep alive the spirit that made this country great--freedom from goverment, not by government.

K-Romulus
October 5, 2006, 10:05 AM
My wife even has a "routine" for when some anti-gun-owner nonsense comes on the radio during our commute: space out for five minutes and stare out the window, thinking of our next vacation or something. Later, she ribs me about it and thinks the whole thing is funny.

I second what Dr. Dickie just said (except the part about "the Left"). Before 9/11, I was a strong "licensing and registration" person. Once I got an inkling of what pogroms felt like, being a "middle eastern looking" person, I got "religion" right quick. Not to mention the lessons learned from studying what happened in Bosnia, Rwanda, etc., during my International Studies courses in college.

Going to law school from 98-01 also helped. Until then, I thought that "democracy" meant that the government could basically do whatever it wanted as long as the voters put the legislators in power. Once I learned about what a republic was, and why societies have laws, and what those laws are supposed to do, and where the authority for those laws comes from, that changed my views forever of governmental power and the role of the citizen.

Time in the USMC as an enlisted guy also gave me a distaste for caste systems, unwarranted paternalism "for my own good," and suffering the exercise of arbitrary authority. But that time also led me to be a strong gun control supporter ("I'm terrified of untrained, undisciplined civilians running around wielding the potentially destructive power of firearms").

I now look at every law, regulation, or "public policy" comment through the lense of "it's a matter of principle." Few people I know seem to do that these days.

Keith Wheeler
October 5, 2006, 10:13 AM
"Paranoid Style". I see it affecting me sometimes. It does help to take a step back every now and then and look at a bigger picture. If you get too caught up in buying guns and being ready for gun-grabbers, blue helmets, or zombies, then you miss out on living life.

I'd suggest reading "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadter. If you can handle being introspective and philosophical to that degree, it will give you a different view of paranoia, "them", and politics in general.

cassandrasdaddy
October 5, 2006, 10:14 AM
kinda of a which comes first the chicken or the egg deal

mbt2001
October 5, 2006, 12:43 PM
Paranoia leads to an interest in firearms....

CliffH
October 5, 2006, 01:25 PM
For some reason, as I get older, I'm more interested in news and politics, and less interested in other stuff.

I've heard that statement made in various ways, and, having lived it, have to agree. When you're young, it's normal to be liberal, when you're older, it's normal to be more conservative.

Got my first BB gun at ~8 years old, first shotgun at ~12 years old. I've had at least one gun ever since then.

It wasn't until I was 40ish that I started to really pay attention to politics & those that would take away my/our hobbies for whatever reason. I'm not talking just guns; There are those who would take away motorcycles (street & dirt), RC model airplanes/cars, knives, plastic model glues, etc. etc. etc. All in the name of safety. Before that time, even though I did own guns, I really wasn't worried.

Over the years, I've noticed that the crime rate seems to be increasing. It may just be that the news media has grown and/or more crimes are being reported, but either way I've become more aware of what's going on in the world and becoming more worried about my & my families safety/freedom.

I'm also not as self-absorbed as I used to be.

So, I'm thinking that it's not paranoia, it's simply a better awareness of what's happening in the world around us.

Then again, I may just be justifying my paranoia :D

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 01:36 PM
I assumed when you asked your question that you meant does owning a gun make one paranoid about their safety. To that I answer no. A gun is just a tool and I do not see how it can affect your mental health. It may make your already existing paranoia more noticeable but not create it.

As far as the becoming more interested in the news and politics, I say that is always a good thing. People should be aware of their govt and what it does as well as the world around them. Whatever causes this to happen is fine by me.

This being said, do not fall into the trap of caring so much about gun issues that you allow yourself to be led like cattle by any politician that says he will allow you to carry a gun. Always remember gun rights are one factor but there are others. Pay attention to over-all platforms and do not fall for bait tactics. Too many politicians count on you being so feverent about gun issues that you will ignore all else as long as they appear to be pro-gun. Remember that the same guys who claimed to be pro-gun and attacked Kerry as anti-gun have shown exactely the opposite since they were in office. Look at what Gonzalez did to imports and what Bush is doing now with his task force on gun control.

What good does it do in the end if all you have is an unfulfilled promise of better gun laws when you have no job due to outsourcing and immigration, are paying $4.00 a gallon for gas because of lack of oversight of big business, loosing hunting lands to big business, fearing that you can be aprehended and detained without charge, having your private lives spied on, and so on and so on.

DFW1911
October 5, 2006, 02:02 PM
FTF,

I'm not sure if you're serious or not, but there are several statements and questions within your post that are worthy of discussion:

First off, I'm an average THR member. Gun owner, both traditional and 'assault' weapons, CCW permit and carry regularly, newly minted "cruffler" working to support my milsurp habit as well as an active letter writer to any person/representative/business that I think goes against my beliefs on gun control.


This is quite a generalization: what data do you have to support this claim?

I'm so damn fast to jump on anything and think they are 'coming after me'.
and
I'm fixing to buy a few thousand rounds of ammo and a couple more guns "just in case" they try to make them illegal again.
and
I think it's good to be paranoid when it comes to safety, but now I'm just paranoid over the entire system.
and finally,
Is this normal???

:scrutiny: I'm not sure I'm buying your story: your language is rife with value-laden phrases that have something of a sarcastic overtone. Maybe it's just my interpretation.

However, it's THR, so here you go: while paranoia may still be used in everyday language, from a psychological perspective it's outdated. You may want to read up on delusional disorders to see how many of your symptoms are present and under which category(ies).

Based on those findings, you can choose your next steps, which may include seeking help outside of an Internet forum.

Good luck,
DFW1911

TallPine
October 5, 2006, 02:31 PM
Does an interest in firearms lead to paranoia?


Why are you asking??? Who wants to know?????? :what:

DogBonz
October 5, 2006, 02:38 PM
... if they really ARE comming for you...

History Prof
October 5, 2006, 02:40 PM
When you're young, it's normal to be liberal, when you're older, it's normal to be more conservative.I've heard that. That must mean I'm gonna be ultra-conservative when I'm a geezer. I've been a conservative since I was about 12. And my daughter is more conservative than I am!

Archie
October 5, 2006, 02:49 PM
They were out to get me long before I knew anything about guns.

GungHo
October 5, 2006, 03:14 PM
Does an interest in firearms lead to paranoia?
No.

I'm not sure about the other way around, though.

PotatoJudge
October 5, 2006, 03:21 PM
The way I figure it, preparedness looks like paranoia until something happens, then you're the astute fellow that saw it coming while everyone else is scrambling. With any luck we'll just go through life looking paranoid. That's fine with me.
Do take time to relax and enjoy things though.

Old Fud
October 5, 2006, 03:27 PM
The question is NOT, "Am I paranoid?"

It is, "Am I paranoid ENOUGH?"

Ben Shepherd
October 5, 2006, 03:38 PM
Are your personal relationships with others ok?
Are all your bills paid on time?
Can you hold an intelligent conversation on a subject OTHER THAN guns, or the 2nd amendment?

If so:

Do what you want. More guns? more ammo? Fine.

Some people may think I have too many guns. SO WHAT!! It's my money.

Now if you put off paying the electric bill so you can buy that ammo that's on sale right now, you may need to reorganize your priorities.
If you consistently lose sleep over it you may need to calm down as well.

Eyesac
October 5, 2006, 03:40 PM
I think the definition of "Paranoid" has changed just like "homophobe" or any other word people use to describe people that don't agree with them. If you don't appreciate the merits of homosexuality (what ever they may be) and you think it's wrong, people call you a homophobe (which has nothing to do with fear, and more to do about objection). If you are concerned about the safety of your self and your fellow man you are "paranoid". I think anyone who calls you paranoid say's so because they (honestly) can't fathom the task of being concerned/responsible for their families safety, and because they can't handle the fact that they are not prepared to protect ones love ones, they think "surely it's not that I'm not man enough" but instead they say you are insane. Typical childish pass the blame business.

As far as I'm concerned, there's a lot to be worried about on this planet, but finding a balance where you are aware of the real day to day troubles you might face and living a normal life is the key. If balance is hard to find, I'll error on the side of "concerned for my safety"

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 03:43 PM
Eyesac,

Why would you disagree with someone else's lifestyle. It is not for you to agree or disagree and since you have no reference you cannot judge. And why even bring that up in a gun chat...looks like you are just wanting an oppotunity to bash people.

TJTay89
October 5, 2006, 03:43 PM
I don't know if firearms lead to paranoia. I think reading a newspaper and staying up with politics makes you paranoid. I have been staying up with politics and the news for a couple of years now (I am 17), and I am more then worried about a lot of what is happening to our rights. When your government can both label you a "terrorist threat" for owning firearms or criticizing the administration and arrest "terrorist threats" and ship them off to be unlawfully held (and "interrogated") without knowing the charges against you, then I think you are justified in being paranoid.

ArmedBear
October 5, 2006, 03:44 PM
Yes it does. Paranoia that we will indeed turn into an authoritarian state. It's not about firearms, though, it's about the laws you learn about when you want to make sure you're on the up-and-up, should you ever need to defend yourself.

Gun legislation is a microcosm of our political system. Once you've seen more of how things work in our capitols, you can never see our politics in the same light again.

Dmack_901
October 5, 2006, 03:56 PM
BTW, what is this talk of 'zombies?' What IS a zombie supposed to be? Are there people out there that think the dead are going to walk the streets? Or are there some sickos trying to classify people as "non-humans" so they can justify a twisted fantasy of killing people? Just like fanatics label infidels as 'sub-human' so it's ok to kill them. Could somebody help me with this please? It's "the bad guy". It's a generic term describing whoever is out to get us in this imaginary scenario. The scenario could play out to be UN forces under European control, USSR Comunists, the government, or most likely, it will never happen. It's used to let people know that the writer isn't paranoid about the US Gov trying to kill us tomorrow, or some crazy thing like that.

The fact that you jumped to twisted fantasies of labeling others as non-human and killing them distubs me. Not that I fear you have those thoughts, but that you likely distrust a number of gun owners to the point that you'd propose quite a morbid and extreme rationalization rather than the more apparent and rational one.

Huddog
October 5, 2006, 03:56 PM
a friend, who also happened to be a phsycologist and gun owner, gave me the following phrase. In this case insert "paranoid" into the blank.

"If you are aware enough to wonder if you are _____________ then you aren't because if you were you wouldn't be able to think about whether or not you were."

I agree the line is slim between awareness and paranoia. As the holder of a concealed carry license I am more aware of situations bc I hold myself to a higher standard of care.

Eyesac
October 5, 2006, 03:57 PM
Did I bash anybody? I was talking about how definitions have changed. Who did I bash? Hmmmm? Looks like someone is looking for an opportunity to call someone a basher...

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 04:01 PM
Eyesac,

Why bring up your dislike of homosexuality in a totally unrelated topic. You are very transparent.

SolaScriptura139
October 5, 2006, 04:05 PM
I don't think Eyesac was trying to bash anyone, he was using a common everyday life example of how terminology has changed. Maybe you should read his first post a little more closely...:scrutiny:

Anyway, I have noticed within myself that as I've learned more of how in danger my gun rights really are, I have gotten more paranoid. It's not that gun ownership makes you paranoid, it's the gun-grabbing liberals that make you paranoid.

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 04:11 PM
Sola,

The term paranoid has not changes and neither has the term homophobe. There was no reason to bring it up. he simply tried to create a situation where he could spew his belief without it seeming negative. Guys like him are the reason gun rights are slipping. Whenever someone who would not usually be considered a gun owner comes into the fold they are quickly offended by some small minded bigot and decide to distance themselves.

PotatoJudge
October 5, 2006, 04:19 PM
PP, he's referring to the MISUSE of the terms.

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 04:24 PM
Where is there a misuse of the terms? I do not see that actually hppening. You are either paranoid or you aren't. You are either homophobic or you are not. Nothing anyone says will make it different. I still see no reason to relay his dislike of gay lifestyle in a public forum where people can be offended.. If I said something like "I believe being a christian is a sign of a weak mind but that doesn't make me anti-religion" I would be jumped all over...and rightly so.

Superpsy
October 5, 2006, 04:24 PM
Paranoid is preparing for zombie attacks.

You sound prepared.






I do believe the zombies are coming tho'! :what: (:D )

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 04:26 PM
Watson,

Zombies are just a fact of life one has to deal with...nothing paranoid about that. :)

BullfrogKen
October 5, 2006, 05:00 PM
PlayboyPenguin said: he simply tried to create a situation where he could spew his belief without it seeming negative. . . . . Whenever someone who would not usually be considered a gun owner comes into the fold they are quickly offended by some small minded bigot and decide to distance themselves.


PP. Chill.


I detected no insult. You DECIDED to become offended.


He made the point in reference about how people with agendas use terms to marginalize other groups of people. If you have read more into it than that, its your fault, not his.

jerkyman45
October 5, 2006, 05:05 PM
With knowledge comes fear. Most of us know how dangerous the world is and that it is not a nice place, therefore we prepare for the worst and hope for the best. The fact that we are not ignorantly blissful just meandering through life like the sheep is what some would care paranoid, I call it being enlightened.

PlayboyPenguin
October 5, 2006, 05:21 PM
No bullfrog, he included his own beliefs in the comment. if he had stated it like you did there would be no problem. he chose to use it as an excuse to stae his negative opinions.

Eleven Mike
October 5, 2006, 05:26 PM
I'm not sure I'm buying your story: your language is rife with value-laden phrases that have something of a sarcastic overtone.
No paranoia there. :p

Playboy, you're sounding a little paranoid about "homophobes." Don't be so prickly. If you hadn't said anything, the comment would have passed and been barely noticed. It sounds like you just can't stand that some people don't agree with your point of view or sex life.

Eleven Mike
October 5, 2006, 05:32 PM
Owning guns gives you more of a stake in politics than owning a Cuisinart. The more attention you pay to politics, the more likely you are to see the political angle to things, and wonder what your political enemies are up to. That's why Rush Limbaugh reads odd news stories that have little to do with politics, and then blames liberals for whatever odd thing is happening "out there."

Eyesac
October 5, 2006, 05:41 PM
Ok Mr Penguin guy,

I didn't say anything about my personal beliefs, just how I feel people misuse psychological terms (seriously, I didn't mean anything). By that I mean, I don't think anyone here has any real psychological problems that require professional help. I think sometimes we can be a little overwhelmed by the increased awareness of carrying a firearm, but that doesn't mean we are truly mentally ill.

But then you implied that I was:
"..some small minded bigot..."

Please don't call me names Mr Penguin, it's just silly.

Ohio Rifleman
October 5, 2006, 06:38 PM
No, owning and enjoying firearms does not lead to paranoia any more than owning and enjoying firearms makes you into a homicidal maniac. As long as your interest in firearms doesn't interfere with your life and relationships, and guns and the 2nd Amendment don't occupy your every thought, then you're fine.

TexasRifleman
October 5, 2006, 06:40 PM
I can't really say, I think they are tracking my posts..... :uhoh:

DFW1911
October 5, 2006, 06:52 PM
Eleven Mike:

I'm not sure I'm buying your story: your language is rife with value-laden phrases that have something of a sarcastic overtone.
No paranoia there. :p Nice catch!

I thought I got away with it...:banghead: You actually could have used my entire response, not to one up you or anything :neener:

However, have we heard from the thread's owner? Hmmm, there may be something to this paranoia bit afterall...maybe she / he was one of THEM :eek: !

DFW1911

Eleven Mike
October 5, 2006, 07:27 PM
have we heard from the thread's owner? He's probably hiding.

ezypikns
October 5, 2006, 07:53 PM
I'm a Paranoid/Schizophrenic,

and So am I.

Grizzley Adams
October 5, 2006, 08:32 PM
i dont know you sound allright to me,it sounds to me that your just aware that the goverment is out to strip us of our guns and all gun rights,and leave us hunting with sticks again or bb guns like they do in england.but let me tell ya if they ever come looking for my guns they are gonna be like :what: when they find me holding one on em telling em to get.so you dont sound paranoid to me friend just aware.

Doc
October 5, 2006, 09:07 PM
in the words of Clint Smith,

"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. Thatís ridiculous.
If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid about?"


Youíre only paranoid until something happens; then, you are prepared.

ProguninTN
October 5, 2006, 10:50 PM
Paranoid ? I like to think of it of being extra-cautious. BTW, to those who say the gov't will never take your guns ? 2005: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, LA.

FTF
October 5, 2006, 11:32 PM
However, have we heard from the thread's owner? Hmmm, there may be something to this paranoia bit afterall...maybe she / he was one of THEM !

No, I am here. Unfortunately, where I work, I can read this website, but I am too paranoid to post. :uhoh:

I just got back from the range and gunshop... I read all the comments and spent some time deep in thought. I still think I'm paranoid, but not because of guns in particular. I think the paranoia really stems from the more I get interested in firearms and particularly those laws relating to firearms that I really do think this is a right I'm going to lose in my lifetime. I do have other hobbies or course, but I don't get paranoid about losing them... when they restrict or outlaw exercise then I'll REALLY be paranoid, but that seems pretty farfetched.

Reading this forum doesn't help. It seems like it's almost ingrained in me to jump all over the authorities for mishandling situations than to side with their judgement that they were dealing with a dangerous situation and mistakes will be made. There just isn't much GOOD news on here... it's always that the "sky is falling" and yes, it does influence my thinking.

BTW... I hope I'm a part of the fold and not a nutjob. While I was at the gunshop I picked up an S&W 642 and some Winchester SXT 130gr +P's. Nothing wrong with having a backup/easy carrying pistol. Self preservation is not necessarily paranoid.. right? It fills a role... it wasn't just an impulse buy... sometimes strapping on the .45 to go get gas isn't really feasible.

I appreciate everyones responses... makes me feel a bit better.

blacksuit
October 6, 2006, 01:08 AM
SSSSHHHHH, for god's sake man don't you know they are listening!>>:neener:

Travis Lee
October 6, 2006, 02:22 AM
From the time I bought my first firearm, I found some relatives feel they have leave to insult me, some friends no longer are my friends, my wife demoted herself to EX-wife, and I found that there are millions of people out there who hate me, sight unseen and would love to have me sent to prison.

But paranoid? no. I'm cautious, prepared, practicing, observant.... and kinda ticked off.

--Travis--

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