Obsessed with Guns?


August 7, 2007, 08:44 PM
Ask yourselves the following questions:

Do I own a gun?

Do I own more than five guns?

Do I regularly shoot or hunt with a gun?

Do subjects involving cartridges, firearms, general gun related things, and gun laws occupy a significant amount of the subject material I discuss?

Do I, once or more a day, moan or complain about the ATF, various gun laws, the need to have a license to receive arms, importing bans, and the like?

Am I obsessed with guns?

This isn't a formal study, nor is it for any class or anything. I'm just curious about the people on these boards.

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August 7, 2007, 08:46 PM
A big YES to all of the above. :D

August 7, 2007, 08:47 PM
I always wonder about the intent of these questions, especially from newbies. That is not to say you can't ask a legitimate question but it's puzzling. I think a better question would be are most of the people on THIS board obsessed with the following:

The Constitution

Again asking a question like this begs many questions.

August 7, 2007, 08:48 PM
e all of the above

August 7, 2007, 08:48 PM
It's a hobby man. I spend as much time with gun related stuff as my friends spend on their respective hobbies such as dirtbikes, football, poker so on and so on. It just annoys me that an obsession with guns is looked upon with suspicion when its just another hobby.

August 7, 2007, 08:54 PM
Do you aver that your list defines obsession?

XD Fan
August 7, 2007, 08:57 PM
Troll??? Maybe, maybe not. But hrgrisso may have a point. Where as I am not sure what the point of the OP is?

August 7, 2007, 08:58 PM
I am obsessed with freedom and preserving rights. Guns are merely incidental.

Standing Wolf
August 7, 2007, 08:59 PM
I'm just curious about the people on these boards.

I'm always at least mildly curious about people who are curious about us.

August 7, 2007, 09:01 PM
And we are curious about you.

Tell us more about yourself, and maybe we'll tell you more about ourselves.

We're just curious about the people who are curious about us.

August 7, 2007, 09:02 PM
hrgrisso said, "I think a better question would be are most of the people on THIS board obsessed with the following:

The Constitution"

Great answer! I second that statement.


Redneck with a 40
August 7, 2007, 09:03 PM
A big YES to all of the above. My life pretty much revolves around guns and the 2A right now. Its all I enjoy talking about, I'm constantly on the internet researching gun related topics, from reloading to the political situation. I'm totally immersed in reloading and I have a strong desire to keep buying reloading components, so I can keep reloading.:D Every weekend, I look forward to going out and shooting my guns, its so much fun, its a stress reliever and its exciting.

Am I obsessed with guns? Absolutely
Is this an un-healthy obsession? Absolutely not!

Every gun show I go to, I'm always looking for primers, powder, brass, and bullets, for 357 mag and 40 S&W.:D

August 7, 2007, 09:04 PM
The word "Obsessed" has such as negative slant to it.

Guns are one of the several things that I enjoy. Depending on the day I am more into them or less into them compared to my other interests, but I am NEVER disinterested in them.

I own more guns than my wife can understand why I own so many. But I own far fewer than I would like to have - and one day will own many more than I do now.

I cruise a few gun related sites on a very regular basis. I read gun magazines - though less than I used to in the past.

I shoot a little here and there - not as much as I would like to though.

I would not call myself "obsessed" about guns - though others would. I think that I enjoy my God given constitutionally ratified right to Keep And Bear Arms and do so legally and with purpose (defense and fun) without harming others.

May God allow me to continue to use my guns for fun and may I learn and hone my skills to use them for defense. May God forbid that I must ever use my guns for defensive purposes, but should that need come to pass may I use them wisely and without remorse.


August 7, 2007, 09:18 PM
If by obsession you infer the definition refers to images, ideas, or words that force themselves into the subject's consciousness against their will, and which momentarily deprive them of the ability to think and sometimes even to act. The term is derived from the Latin obsidere, which means "to sit before," "to lay siege to," and figuratively "to control an audience." From this is derived the noun obsidio, which means "detention," or "captivity," and figuratively "a pressing danger." as defined by the AMA, well then no, I am not obsessed.

I do however enjoy participating in a proud American tradition, rich in history, and posessing a variety of arms that can be employed for a variety of uses from informal target practice, up to effective defense from tyranny and crime. I have a technical background and enjoy using my skills to develop and test handloads, and modify, repair and restore firearms. I think it is important to strive for knowledge of any subject of interest, and the many aspects and intricacies of firearms present almost limitless opportunities to develop skills useful in day to day life. Most obsessions would cause a person to turn inwards, and away from social interaction, firearms are an opposite, as they encourage social interaction, healthy competition, and ingenuity in most. The ongoing controversy relating to firearms and gun control also give reason to study politics and world events much closer, and compelling the confidence to be an active citizen, making our voices heard, and debating in depth with those who oppose us.

So basically: Obsessed, well no, but enthusiastic support of an American tradition that is both personally and socially rewarding, well than Yes;)

August 7, 2007, 09:21 PM
Ignore, Stay High Road, Repeat chant to self, yes I am trying to be nice repeat as needed.

August 7, 2007, 09:25 PM
Obsessed indeed is a pretty negative slant on any subject.
Call it what you want, the media does.
While not obsessed I enjoy a hobby, shooting and re-loading that teaches safety and math (to name a few) to my kids.

August 7, 2007, 09:26 PM
Obsessed?..... Obsessed.... :uhoh: ........I'm not Obsessed

The Deer Hunter
August 7, 2007, 09:34 PM
I'm not obsessed with guns, they are just my hobby. Gun owners get the "your obsessed with guns" all the time because the media has alienated guns and the like from the general non gun owning public. So when a non gun owner sees a guy that has a Mossberg 500 and a couple boxes of 00 around and a guy who shoots once a week, goes hunting and has seven or eight guns they consider them obsessed.

Look at people who work on their vintage car for example. Most people see them as just a person who works on their car. And the obsessed that goes along with working on cars isn't as 'taboo' as owning guns.

Sure, I'm obsessed with guns, but is that a bad thing? No. Just "different" from what everyone else does.

August 7, 2007, 09:38 PM
Ask yourselves the following questions:

Do I own a gun?

Do I own more than five guns?

Do I regularly shoot or hunt with a gun?

Do subjects involving cartridges, firearms, general gun related things, and gun laws occupy a significant amount of the subject material I discuss?

Do I, once or more a day, moan or complain about the ATF, various gun laws, the need to have a license to receive arms, importing bans, and the like?

Am I obsessed with guns?

Yes, Yes, Yes, No, No, No

August 7, 2007, 09:47 PM
I admit I am ate up with it. I love to shoot ( non- animate targets only for clarity) ! Could do it seven days a week. Sometimes I do.

At least football is just around the corner so I will probably skip most weekends with the shooting and just stick to weekday shooting.

August 7, 2007, 09:51 PM
Obsessed with guns? No , actually , obsessed with hunting. If I had the upper body strength to draw a bow, I'd have some of those too.

August 7, 2007, 09:52 PM
Am I obsessed with guns? Absolutely!

August 7, 2007, 09:52 PM
Yes to all.

Its too bad I don't have any friends other than a guy at work who's into this as big as I am.

I am defenitly obsessed, my finincials are definitly revolving around it :D

August 7, 2007, 10:01 PM
How is this different from "obsessed" with stamp collecting?

August 7, 2007, 10:10 PM
Yes to all

And when did owning more than 5 guns put you in the category of obsessed?

I'm not sure there was a time since I was 14 years old (about 30 years ago) that I owned less than 5 guns. And now about 15x that....

August 7, 2007, 10:27 PM
I am obsessed with breathing. I enjoy collecting firearms, shooting firearms, reloading for my firearms, and discussing these activities with other, like-minded people of any race, creed, color or national origin. I also like computer games, and play them frequently, but I am not obsessed with them, either. I know grown men who collect huge numbers of baseball playing cards, and I do not call them obsessed, either.

Jorg Nysgerrig
August 7, 2007, 10:38 PM
I am obsessed with breathing.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means

Breathing preoccupies your mind excessively? Do you have asthma or are you in an iron lung of some sort?

I find it odd that the orignal poster thinks that owning a gun is somehow connected to worrying daily about the ATF, but I guess I've heard stranger things. (Included the guy above obsessed with breathing, which is something that most folks don't think much about. ;))

August 7, 2007, 10:59 PM
I enjoy shooting and hunting...this, by default, means I am concerned about maintaining my rights to do so.

Am I obsessed, perhaps so; in the same way that some are obsessed with talking on the cell phone all the time, running 10 miles a day, checking email constantly, blogging, gardening, or almost any other thing that can become important to someones daily life.

August 7, 2007, 11:19 PM
There's such a general negative public sentiment when your hobby involves firearms.

I happen to collect coins. I spend a bit of money on them, I find them fascinating. I own many, and I probably have at least one conversation a day about them, outside of the internet coin forum I frequent.

No one has ever wondered if I am "obsessed" with coins, those who comment at all simply remark that I am a numismatist.

Odd that when that same level of interest is devoted to firearms, I become a "gun nut".

August 7, 2007, 11:20 PM
Are you obsessed with people who are obsessed about guns?

August 7, 2007, 11:39 PM
The word "obsession" has become such a loaded word with highly judgemental/political overtones that it's use today is always suspicious.
True obsession is a mental problem. So if someone likes/enjoys something I hate, then if I say they are "obsessed" with that thing/activity I am suggesting they are also crazy. How clever. I suggest this guy be ignored, I don't know what he is fishing for but don't take the bait.

August 7, 2007, 11:40 PM
I'm the Original Poster.

I'm interested because I'm constantly being called by both my mother and father, obsessed about guns.

I only own three guns, well, the pistol is technically my dad's, and if you count the pellet gun a gun, that's four. I got a few pricey airsoft pieces (4), but that's about it.

I'm just sicked and tired of being called obsessed, and that they don't want me to talk about guns or the government. In fact, my mom threatened to sell off one of my guns if I so much as mentioned them to my relatives at the up-coming wedding.

I don't know why she cares so much, as far as I'm concerned they act like a bunch of immature little girls, and are next to pond scum. And I've seen the guy who's getting married 3x in my life.

Currently, my SKS has a 5 round replacement mag to comply with state hunting regulations, but that's violating 922r. I'm not putting a synthetic stock on it (to comply with 922r), and I doubt a wood block in the mag would suffice, as I could easily take it out. I'm not permanently altering the rifle, either. I figured I'd have a much more likly chance of meeting the DNR than the ATF. I shouldn't have to pick and choose which agency to comply with. They should make hunting exceptions.

I'm looking to see if there are others like me, or if I really have a problem. Yeah, it may have come off a bit harsh, but I wanted to get people in a frame of mind to put down what they really think.

August 7, 2007, 11:46 PM
Obsessed? Nah. Prepared? Yes.

August 8, 2007, 12:15 AM
Don't take it personally. Sometimes people do not understand others interests in certain things. However, it sounds like you might still be living under your parents roof and that may set a set of specific expectations. If you are not, than continue on with what makes you happy. I have lived with my girlfriend for the past seven years. At this point, every time I get another gun or book or some sort of gun related item, she just rolls here eyes (Believe me, I try to support my hobby as much as possible). She thinks I have an obsession. I think that I am just devoted to my interests. Good luck with your situation.

August 8, 2007, 12:16 AM
P.S. I do think that I am obsessed with the "High Road!"

Redneck with a 40
August 8, 2007, 12:39 AM
My folks are the same way, although not as extreme about it. My dad has been a long time gun rights and 2-A supporter, but he has accused me of being "obsessed" with guns.:confused: He think's that reloading 5000 rounds of 40 S&W or 2000 rounds of 357 magnum is "excessive". Whateva.:D I tell him that its fun and I enjoy it, so what's the problem? I'm usually always talking gun politics around the house, the idiocy of gun control, what I'm thinking in terms of my next purchase, ect. My dad say's I need to talk about something besides guns.:D My response: What's wrong with being passionate about something, i.e the gun hobby, the 2-A and gun rights? I don't see a problem here, I'm just very passionate about guns, the 2-A, shooting and reloading, simple as that.:D

August 8, 2007, 12:48 AM
hrgrisso said, "I think a better question would be are most of the people on THIS board obsessed with the following:
The Constitution"
Great answer! I second that statement.

What they said. And to answer your questions:
Obsessed with Guns?
Ask yourselves the following questions:
Do I own a gun?
Do I own more than five guns?
Do I regularly shoot or hunt with a gun?
Do subjects involving cartridges, firearms, general gun related things, and gun laws occupy a significant amount of the subject material I discuss?
Do I, once or more a day, moan or complain about the ATF, various gun laws, the need to have a license to receive arms, importing bans, and the like?
Am I obsessed with guns?

August 8, 2007, 12:50 AM
Am I obsessed with firearms, probably. I own a handgunholsters business so firearms are a part of my business. I have nothing but the highest respect for people who choose not to carry firearms or own firearms, that is their right and I respect that and leave them alone, however those same folks need to respect our right to carry firearms and defend ourselves and our loved ones and leave us alone for we are law abiding citizens and no danger to them.

They feel only Law Enforcement and the Military should carry firearms, which means they condone deadly force but leave deadly force and their own protection up to someone else, Professionals who can not possibly be everywhere at once.

We who carry also respect Law Enforcement and the Military but realize we might have to defend ourselves as they cannot be everywhere.

I also hunt and fish, but a day in the field enjoying the woods and fields and streams, even without firing a shot or getting anything is still a very enjoyable day. I respect Vegetarians that is also their right and I respect that, but anyone who eats meat and puts down hunting is just letting someone else do their killing for them.

I once was deer hunting with friends in a remote area. Each day we parted and hunted alone using a compass and map and all day we never saw each other until we met just before dusk back at camp. It snowed just before we left and we were lucky to get out of there. However a part of me did not want to go,,,if you have never felt the primitive spirit and love of the wild that resides in everyone one of us,,,you have missed something in life,,,I left a part of me back there still wandering in the woods.

I am also involved in social issues and I give to charities, could I be more well rounded, can I learn more from life,,,sure.

August 8, 2007, 09:05 AM
"I'm looking to see if there are others like me, or if I really have a problem."

Yes, your mother is worried about you, or maybe you just talk too much and you're beating the subject to death. :)

My mother never really understood the men in the family and our gun collecting, hunting and trips to the range. We compromised. No guns handling or gun discussions in the living room with guests present. We stuck to subjects that everyone could participate in.

It seemed like a reasonable compromise, after all we didn't pass around oily power tools in the living room and spread the pieces on the coffee table for inspection. When the women started sharing the news (gossip) or discussing recipes we adjourned to the den or basement.

She compromised as well. For the past 15 years she would accompany my us on the 25-mile drive to the range up in the mountains and sit in the car and read while we shot for a couple of hours. She wore ear plugs and sat in the shade overlooking a beautiful little river valley. Then we'd drive into town and have let her pick the restaurant. She really enjoyed the trips.


XD Fan
August 8, 2007, 09:31 AM

Listen, you are making a very bad choice to get started on THR, because your parents will really think you are obessed when they see how addicted you will become to this website. :eek:

August 8, 2007, 09:36 AM
I've got a lot more wrenches than I do guns. I've probably got a half dozen or more 1/2" open ends.

Does that make me obscessed with 1/2 " open end wrenches?

(Oh, by the way, a gun is just another tool.)

August 8, 2007, 09:40 AM
Sorry, Jorg, I'll put in the sarcasm smilie next time, OK?:neener:

August 8, 2007, 09:46 AM
Yes I do... However, I also obsess on Running mileage every week, lifting weights, the war on terror, ice cream, and Kelloggs Pop Tarts, to name a few.

Big Calhoun
August 8, 2007, 09:58 AM
I own 5 guns ...6 laptops ...have built 4 desktops ...15 watches ...3 pocket watches. ...2 mini R/C helicopters ...6 video game systems.........

I guess I'm obsessed about a lot of different things. :rolleyes:

August 8, 2007, 09:59 AM
absolutely! and there's nothing wrong with that!
Agouti, how many guns do you have? are you one of us?

August 8, 2007, 11:01 AM
You forgot a question:

"Am I a moderator on a discussion forum dedicated to guns?"


August 8, 2007, 11:07 AM
Proudly YES to all the questions posed by the thread originator.
Also love tobacco, am politically incorrect, and love this country.
I guess I must be one of them red state wacos. lmao!!!!!!!
" Hey !!!!, thats my can of Kodiak!!!, stop!!!!!!, give me back my tobacco!!"


August 8, 2007, 11:41 AM
""Am I a moderator on a discussion forum dedicated to guns?""

I wonder, does Oleg have to pay the $200 tax for every moderator he owns?


Steve 48
August 8, 2007, 11:46 AM
Yep!!! All the above. Steve48

August 8, 2007, 01:45 PM
A fact that alot of Anti-gunners fail to bring up......That FACT is: with so many American's "obsessed" with guns, any physical takeover by another country would be extremely difficult. Why do you think the spineless Terrorists use the tactics they do? Because they know they can't stand and fight toe-to-toe with the "obsessed" American citizens. Believe me, if we didnt have the 2nd amendment, they would have done things differently. I'm proud to be proficient (not obsessed) with guns. Don't kid yourself, many countries still think: "Behind every blade of grass........"

August 8, 2007, 01:57 PM
Part of the reason it looks like an obsession is that it is an interest that covers such a broad range.
Just the guns themselves, there are shotguns, rifles, and revolvers. Each of these spin off into a myriad of calibers, actions, and manufacturers. Then there is the psychomotor skills involved with shooting the guns and hitting what you're aiming at, which can be learned quickly but it takes a lifetime to perfect. Finally, there is a whole regimine of maintenance and repair.
It's not that we're obsessed...it just that there is alot to think about.

I find I don't need to count sheep at night to get my mind off the troubles of my day...I just think about the options for my next gun purchase...or maybe I'll put a new sight on my Makarov...or get a red dot for my 22 pistol...but I could alsoput that money into more ammo and targets for my...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...sorry I dozed off there...but you get my point.

August 8, 2007, 02:16 PM
I like shooting, hunting, discussing guns, etc, but it is my hobby. I am far less “obsessed” with guns then my friends are “obsessed” with their race cars, dirt bikes, poker tournaments, fishing, football, softball, wine, cigars, or the biggest waste of time and resources, GOLF. If you want to really see “obsessed” take a look at golfers.

But the thing is that the only thing on that list of hobbies that is a right is owning firearms. You don’t have a right to race cars, play poker or play golf. The Constitution guarantees my right to own a firearm. I view it as reasonable to fight those who seek to strip that right form us just as I would anyone who wants to censure a writer at a news paper.

Would you call someone who was passionate about making sure that the police were not committing illegal search and seizures obsessed?

August 8, 2007, 02:30 PM
I'm just curious about the people on these boards.

Which people, on what boards?

I'm curious why people show up and post stuff like that ;)

August 8, 2007, 02:42 PM
There are a lot of subjects that I think about daily - my wife, kids, family, church, work, traffic, current events ... all these things cross my mind many times daily. Would somebody say I have psychosis because I think of any of these things more than once a day?

I think about my hobbies more than once a day, also. This does not make me obsessed in any sense, clinical or practical. I take pride in the fact that one of my hobbies is not just a pass-time, but one of the bulwarks of freedom.

BTW - I laid down my job in a small town in the deep south over the subject of Racism back in April of 2000. Racists were paying my paycheck and they were disturbed with my familiar relations with hispanics and blacks. They issued me an ultimatum to which I did not bow for a moment. Two months later I was bankrupt, and a few months later I was evicted from my home with my wife and two children - I lost everything I had because I believe all people are created equal and God plays no favorites. I think about this several times a day also even though that was seven years ago.

The 'Old Media' continues to portray gun owners as de-facto racists - but I want to know: When have these 'old media' reporters laid down their livlihood over this issue? I'm a gun owner and I've laid down everything I have (and lost it) on the subject of race. What have these accusing 'reporters' laid down on the subject other than trite words?

August 8, 2007, 04:00 PM
Agouti, don't fall for the premise that those parts of you disliked by others are pathologies. I think a blocked magazine would be fine with the DNR (check with them), just so one would have to take the magazine apart to unblock it. Shotgun tubular magazines are blocked with wooden dowels, quite kosher.

August 8, 2007, 04:34 PM
No I am not obsessed with guns. I love fine things. That pretty much sums it up for me. For me it is quality not quantity.
A firearm can be a fine thing.
I like classic motorcycles too. I'm not sure what that says about me.

The most annoying thing are ignorant fools who think just because you are into firearms you are going to snap and go on a shooting spree.

August 8, 2007, 07:23 PM

August 8, 2007, 09:28 PM
Obsessed. No. But, it's better than stressing about inconsequential things. I have one of those God's Creatures Tees. Lord help those creatures that qualify for freezer food when I go hunting with the munchies. :rolleyes:

August 8, 2007, 09:52 PM
Obsessed? Definitely! Much the same way as LEO's are obsessed with protecting the public, doctors are obsessed with saving lives and fire fighters are obsessed with extinguishing fires. To each their own ...

August 8, 2007, 10:25 PM
Nice picture!

August 8, 2007, 10:49 PM
The most annoying thing are ignorant fools who think just because you are into firearms you are going to snap and go on a shooting spree.

I overheard someone talking about this once (in my parents' house). If I were my parents, I would have ordered those relatvies to leave, period. Apparently, that would have been rude, but accusing an innocent citizen of being inclined to go off on a murderous rampage is totally acceptable. Yet I'm just an immature kid who doesn't understand manners. I say they're a bunch of immoral sheep who don't understand freedom. Of course if I start to say anything like this (after my relatives have left, long after, like YEARS), my mom goes ballistic, claiming that I'm looney, obsessed, and starts balling her eyes out. She's turning me into a misogynist.

More on my dad, later.

August 9, 2007, 12:33 AM
I may be obsessed with the intricacies of the structural design of cheap apartment building....will the flooring support the weight load of all the ammo I have in the bedroom closet?

XD Fan
August 9, 2007, 01:09 AM
She's turning me into a misogynist.


No offense intended, but it sounds like the gun issue is just a symptom of other family relationship problems. To be honest, from the tone of your posts, it doesn't sound like all the problems lie at your parents feet.

August 9, 2007, 01:36 AM
Much like Camelot, this thread isn't worth visiting because it's a silly place.

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