Hi, well, I do. My Father is a proud gun owner, and has been all his life in contact with guns. He was introduced to guns when he was young, around 7 years old. In his twenties he formed part of a guerrilla here in Uruguay, during a civic-military dictatorship. He was a gun owner and his guns were taken away. That's my father. He introduced me to guns when I was 3 years old. But the rest of my family is a different story. At a very young age (4-5 years old) I first told my aunt that I had fired a gun. After that he always thought of my father as a psychopath. The fact of a kid (Responsible kid, and with complete adult supervision) shooting a gun, just couldn't get in her mind. I still can't get her to understand this. He wouldn't let my cousin, (who was like a brother to me) to come to the ranch where I lived.
This really hurt me. Of course my mother's family was raised in the city. Because honestly, could you ever think about living in a ranch in Uruguay, South America, without having at least ONE gun? It is indispensable to have a ranch gun. I was raised with 3 .22's, a 16 gauge and a 7x57. My father also had a .38 S&W revolver. You need guns when living in the country. In the city you will just need it in a HD situation, but in the country... almost everyday.
Sorry for any mistakes... remember english is not my native language.
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January 30, 2014, 01:22 AM
Just so you know, your english is better than mine. Most of my immediate family live in the southern US so everybody is cool with guns- except when I leave hundreds of .22 empties in my sister's back yard. She makes me clean them up. I don't have much contact with my relatives who live in non-gun-friendly parts of the USA so I don't know what to say.
January 30, 2014, 02:05 AM
Your English is perfect. If you didn't tell us where you live I would have guessed the US.
My folks don't like guns, but my in-laws do so it's a trade off.
January 30, 2014, 02:29 AM
My Daughter in law and her family are totally against guns. Ahe gers goose bumps wvwet time I mention guns It's awfull how scared she is of them!
January 30, 2014, 02:52 AM
My parents were never against guns, just never saw the need; we were blind to reality living in the middle of suburbia. That changed in 2008. You know why. It started with a pistol for my dad, then one for my mom, then another, and another, and it kinda snowballed (when my mom allows that is).
I had some experience going hunting with friends, but never had guns of my own. I moved away for college and wound up living on a farm outside the main city. It became apparent that police response time was 5-10 minutes at best. I got what I needed for security while I was in school. When I graduated I got a job and was able to buy what I want as opposed to need. My latest want is an Ar-15 pistol that I can run .22 and try to get my Aunt to go shooting with me. She's a huge Walking Dead fan and doesn't see the humor in enjoying that show while not seeing any possible need for firearms for defense. For Christmas I got her a Walking Dead game that uses a plastic shotgun and hooks up to the TV so she can shoot zombies. She loves it. I'm building the bridge and hope to get her shooting zombie targets with .22 soon enough. After that, maybe a pistol of her own.
January 30, 2014, 08:01 AM
My father grew up with guns and hunting and had his own shotgun and hunted. Yet that was exactly the opposite of how he raised me; he and my mom were both against guns and didn't like me having gun magazines as a kid.
After I got into shooting as an adult, I took both of them shooting and they loved it. :)
Elm Creek Smith
January 30, 2014, 09:38 AM
Mom has an unreasonable fear of guns. Dad always had guns, and she loved him so she put up with it. Dad raised us shooting and having our own guns from an early age, and she loved him so she put up with it. Years after Dad passed on, one of her neighbors was murdered, executed, when she interrupted a burglary, and Mom insisted that either I or my brother had to stay with her until the murderers were caught. Her words were, "I can't stay in my house unless one of you comes and stays with me,...and bring your guns."
Well, we alternated nights until the criminals were caught and a few nights thereafter. Later, my brother went ahead and moved in with her, so there are plenty of guns in the house, again. She still won't touch them and asked me if it was legal for my brother to have so many guns and so much ammunition. Ignorance is a sad thing in a parent or anyone else for that matter.
January 30, 2014, 10:03 AM
A+ on your English. My family has always seen guns as tools, coming from the south most everyone hunts/shoots, just typical behavior.
I am in my late 50's and have some Jewish friends the same age, who were raised by their grandparents. He told me that any talk of guns was met by straight faces and no response...those that raised him were scared to death of guns, remembering their parents being "de-armed" by the Nazis. They were terrified by them and wanted nothing to do with them. Even he, just from being raised by them, while not afraid of guns has absolutely no interest.
I was actually accosted by some man in walmart the other day as I stood looking in the ammo cabinet! He began going on about how I didnt need bullets to get game and neither did he....I explained I dont hunt. Then he launched into how much better it would be if we just trusted everyone and were honest with them...:confused: I explained that I target shoot, and I needed ammo for that.
He just walked away muttering. No idea why he wouldnt trust me to target shoot.
January 30, 2014, 01:40 PM
Yes my parents attitude about guns was negative. While not openly hostile to MY interest, it was made plain to me that they wern't welcome in my parents house. I was never even allowed to own a BB gun as a kid growing up.
January 30, 2014, 01:55 PM
While I have a few extended family members here and there who are not exactly pro-gun, the majority of my family - as well as my wife's family - have no problem with guns and gun ownership. My father hunted, and my mother's side of the family were all farmers and also hunted. As a teenager, my father even worked a summer job at the Winchester plant in Wood River, Illinois, where he would frequently be sent home with pockets full of ammo. My mother bought him a new 12ga shotgun one year as an anniversary present.
I do have friends and acquaintances who do not support private gun ownership, though. Still working on them...
...and your English is better than many who claim it as a first language, alfon99.
January 30, 2014, 02:16 PM
My EX-Wife. There's a reason why she's an EX. She was a rabid gun-hater when we were married. Made me ship my guns off to my parents for storage. Funny that in 1999 when folks were fearing Y2K, she had me go to my parents and bring back the AK's and ammo! Freaking hypocrite!!! Dang, I miss those AK's - Bulgarian SA-83's with the milled receivers.
My current wife's family with the exception of one brother-in-law (who is ex-Army) is fearful toward guns in general. My MIL says things like "why do you need a gun?". One SIL said to my wife when she found out that my wife shoots - "My gawd, who are you? I don't even know you?!" My other BIL asked me what I'd wanted for my B-Day the other day. My reply was - "you know, the normal stuff - guns, ammo, knives, flashlights, electronics gadgets..." Yeah, should have took a pic of his face. Deer in the headlight look. Good gawd . . .
My wife was completely unfamiliar with guns when we met. I hadn't shot, carried, or bought guns in close to 15 years at that time. I started up the hobby again in 2008, mostly because of the changing economy. The wife kept an open mind. Actually enjoyed shooting. I started her out slow. 22LR revolver to learn trigger control. Now she prefers DAO w/o any kind of external safeties. Heck, she shoots a 40 better than me! She now has a car gun, a house gun, and a carry gun... Yeah, she's a keeper. Now if I only can get my in-laws to convert over.
January 30, 2014, 02:23 PM
My Mom and Dad were both gun people. They owned multiple restaurants and guns for protection were part of the everyday working environment. I was brought up with a Colt Detective Special under every counter. My Mom was a better shot than my Dad. A real gun gal.
My 5 siblings are a mixed bag. The 2 Marine Corps brothers are both gunnies as you would expect. One of my 3 sisters is an anti gun leftist hoplophope. George McGovern is her political hero! The other 2 sisters are ambivalent,quite neutral on firearms and both firm Republicans.
No two families are alike on the gun issue,that is for sure. Best of good fortune in Uruguay. I hope to visit Montevideo and the surrounding area some day soon. My wife and I were in Buenos Aires in 1989 and intended to take the boat across the Rio de la Plata.
But time got the best of us. I will PM you when I finally get there. It will be within the next 12 months. :cool:
January 30, 2014, 02:59 PM
She still won't touch them and asked me if it was legal for my brother to have so many guns and so much ammunition.
Its amazing what some people think is illegal. My dad has always hunted and been around guns, but was never a "gun person" (ie, he strictly used them as a tool and never really paid much attention to gun culture).
A few years ago I went to sight in a rifle and put in a laser bore-sighter and he freaked out a) thinking that it was a laser sight and b) thinking that such things were illegal.
Sometimes people - even people who own guns - just haven't been exposed to much.
January 30, 2014, 03:16 PM
My Mom was anti-handgun growing up (when she and her brother were teenagers he committed suicide with his pistol). So, while we all had rifles and shotguns growing up, no pistols were to be found. Now myself and two of my three siblings all have pistols to round out out collections.
On the other hand, my sister is all over the place on gun ownership these days . . .
January 30, 2014, 04:14 PM
While my parents never cared much about guns, my mother became a supporter after I got into it. My dad's only mildly curious. I spend a lot as much time as I can out in the woods and she agrees that I should carry for protection from 2 and 4 legged creatures alike.
January 30, 2014, 04:45 PM
My parents and grandparents lived in rural Pennsylvania and gun ownership was a fact of life.
My son is indifferent to shooting but my daughter and son in law are real antis. I can't even joke about buying our granddaughter a pink Cricket without them going off on me.
January 30, 2014, 05:23 PM
Nice, PM me when you get here, It's really a nice place. If you have time you can come to Cerro Largo, in the country. My family has land here and we have really nice natural shooting ranges.
January 30, 2014, 07:00 PM
^ Thank you,Alfon. I will contact you. I see you are only about 250 miles or 5 hours away from Montevideo. Hopefully, it will come to pass. :)
My Brother in law is completely anti-gun a d drank the liberal kool-aid years ago. No the in back with him.
However, I took my niece (his 25 year old daughter) to the range for the first time last year and she had a BLAST. Its always fun bringing a new shooter to the range.
January 30, 2014, 07:39 PM
I grew up in NYC, a decidedly anti gun place. My father was a WWII combat veteran, and had no further interest in guns. But they indulged my interest to the point of first allowing me a BB gun, then a .22, and then a range membership.
I introduced both my son and daughter to guns, and while my daughter is a pretty good shot, she has no real interest.
My son was taken target shooting and hunting, and still enjoys both, now with his own gun.
January 30, 2014, 10:32 PM
talking about anti-gun:
I grew up in Germany and moved to this country back in 2005. My family (all in Germany) are as much of anti-gun as left-leaning/brainwashed Europeans can possibly be. They would disenfranchise me if they ever found out their son owned multiple guns ;)
Seriously... coming out as "gay" would be easier than saying "I own guns" in my family.... :mad:
January 31, 2014, 02:02 AM
I always thought my family was anti-gun. Recently I decided to buy a shotgun (still saving for it) and mentioned it to my parents. Much to my surprise, my mom asked me to take her shooting sometime when I shoot clays at the in-law's, and my dad really didn't seem to have an issue. He's a minister so it didn't surprise me that we never had guns growing up, most we ever had was a bb/air dart gun for strays. Then found out my sister has had her FOID for awhile and her boyfriend is taking concealed carry classes soon.
January 31, 2014, 02:10 AM
Two people, mom and aunt. They weren't actively anti, but expressed fear and discontent around guns. Fixed that pretty quickly, now they both have their own.
But really, I didn't even talk to a lot of my more extended family until it was known that we both all owned guns.
January 31, 2014, 02:32 AM
ZVP: This might have a chance of making her at least to think, maybe when she is in a calm, happy mood. Plan to show her two/three small gun components which are Not recognizable as gun parts when the conversation is about other thing.
Read about some actual cases of self-defense which involved a gun type which you own, maybe home invasions depicted in the front of the NRA magazine.
If these components are from a handgun, maybe add just the slide to the chat, but keep barrel and main section hidden or in the car.
Let her know that when fully-assembled, this exact gun type allowed an alert woman from being raped or even killed. Possibly defended her child.
January 31, 2014, 02:46 AM
Parents raised me non-gun so to speak. Never spoke about them; was never around them. Wasn't until I went to the range with my now fiancÚ when I was 18 and rented a gun, then showed them pictures from the range, that I found out they had MULTIPLE. Excuse was "...didn't think you'd be interested"
January 31, 2014, 03:26 AM
Actually, my stepdaughter (who is as close to me as a natural daughter) is kind of anti. I should say she is a retired E-7 Air Force who has been in every "war" the US has been in since 1990 and whose last assignment was in Afghanistan. She thinks her mom and I are just too pro-gun, and probably own too many for civilians.
January 31, 2014, 08:30 AM
My step-dad had a sawed off shotgun (grew up in KY) and that was all he had. He hunted a few times and let us shoot the hunting shotgun once. Didn't think about guns again until I 18 and shot a 30-06 and loved it. Didn't buy my first gun till about 21 and my mom says "Why do you need a pistol" and my simple answer was "because I can"...now with kids (6 and 8 yrs old) the wife and I take our kids with us shooting and my kids help me reload and they know almost every rifle that I have. (Heck my first present I got my wife when we were dating was a baby eagle 9 mm).
January 31, 2014, 01:57 PM
:evil:My Dad passed, but my mother, brother, and sister are yellow dog Democrats so I make a point to:evil: never discuss to keep the peace or b)let them know I am carrying so they are protected whether they like it or not. Kind of depends what mood I'm in and if I'm wanting to stir the pot!
January 31, 2014, 02:11 PM
My entire family minus my brother and paternal grandfather do not own firearms. They do not see the recreation or purpose in them, very much a "call the police" mentality. Only recently have a few key members of my family approached me for firearm advice. Recently my mother and one of my uncles have asked for NY (where most of them live) legal pistols for self and home defense.
January 31, 2014, 02:12 PM
My father was the only one in my family who wasn't slightly anti-gun. My mother believed all the lies spewed by the press castigating guns, and it seems my siblings took eventually to doing the same thing. My brother has never owned a gun, my sister did, a Glenfield .22 which is now mine.:rolleyes: Naturally, I was the likely one to inherit my father's 1903 Colt, which I have. I have been the only one in the family that remained steadfast, everyone else has fallen victim to the mainstream media's idiotic bias. Any discussions on the matter turn into arguments, where I can bombard them with facts, and they usually end up simply saying, "Well you're not going to change my mind.":rolleyes:
January 31, 2014, 04:13 PM
My two daughters were right up until one married a 10 year active duty Army Ranger and the other married an arizona cowboy. Now both are shooters. Love did what their Daddy couldn't.
On An Island
January 31, 2014, 08:43 PM
My family and friends are all pro-gun and most are active shooters. The only exception is my wife. Yeah, I didn't find out about that until the bug had already bitten. She's good about it though, she doesn't just doesn't want to be involved. Well, having said that, I was cleaning my new benchrest rifle and she said she'd like to go to the range with me the next time I take it out. There's hope!
February 2, 2014, 09:28 PM
i was raised not pro gun or anti gun.my parents had guns but really did not use them or shoot them.my dad hunted when he was young as did my mom.the guns just stayed in the gun rack until i got old enuf to hunt and then i was allowed to hunt with them. they never encouraged or discouraged me.30 years later my mom has more guns than me, my dad has several but is kind of a minilmist.they shoot all the time now.
February 3, 2014, 06:14 PM
I was raised in "downstate" New York so the only gun exposure was .22s at cans in the woods now & then with friends' parents. When I moved to the Southern USA after college it was a whole new world as far as gun ownership, use, enthusiasm, etc. Luckily for me (and a little by design), my wife's family members are all ex-career military, avid hunters, sporting clays, etc., etc. All good here!
February 3, 2014, 07:55 PM
My wife's family are FUDDs to the highest order- Perfectly fine to keep a 12 ga pump/.22/deer rifle in the house with half a box of shells to kill rabid skunks or the occasional coyote on the farm, but anything else is unacceptable. When we were dating, my future FIL "had a moment" when he found out I was a NRA member. My BIL actually told me one time while we were out for a mountain drive that he thought handguns should be banned. My wife thanked me later for not driving off the road into the river when he said that. Luckily, I don't have to deal with them very often, just twice a year at Christmas and 4th of July.
February 3, 2014, 10:48 PM
Well I grew up in a house with no guns except my play guns as a young boy.Thinking back I'm surprised I was allowed to have them. I thought my mom would die when I joined the Marines. Today I feel that on both sides of my family it seems like it would be 60% against and 40% on owning a firearm. I do give this some thought because whether your a man or a woman who is head of a household I believe he or she has a responsibility to protect the household and those in it.
February 5, 2014, 06:02 PM
Yep, my parents didn't own any firearms ever, and had never even fired one. My dad was clearly a liberal, my Mom not so much. She didn't have a problem with me hunting and shooting. But neither of them stood in the way of my desire to enjoy the shooting sports.
One of my most fond memories is, a few years before my Dad passed away, my brother in law and I got him to shoot some clays with us in the back yard. He had so much fun.
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