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Defensive Purpose, The new Sporting Purpose??

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Carbon_15, Feb 19, 2003.

  1. Carbon_15

    Carbon_15 Well-Known Member

    I often hear gun owners legitimize types or models of guns by applying a "legitimate" use. Ie: Sub-compacts should not be baned because they are great for self-defence, Ar-15's should remain legal because they are perfect for protecting cattle from predators, I want a short-barreled-shotgun for home protection. Since when do we need a friggin reason to want a certain type of gun. It almost feels like self-defence is the modern sporting purpose clause. I even hear anti's saying things like "why do you need a .50 rifle, they are totaly useless for self-defence".
    You know what, most of the guns in my collection don't have a legitimate reason. Sure I have my core arsenal of working guns, but the magority of them are just plain toys. I take them to the range, punch some holes, bounce a few cans, break some skeet, take 'em home, clean them, fondel them, take pictures, show them of to friends, and so on. What the holy hell is wrong with that. I want a full auto and a supressor for the exact same reason as I have my other guns, and the same reason I want a speed boat and Corvette...to have fun with. To me "just because" is more than enough reason since it is my right and all.
    Have you ever felt compeled to explain yourself when you buy a new evil looking peice of hardware at the gunshop. Ever tried to explain your NEED for a certain military looking weapon in your collection. Ever felt the need to explain to the newspaper guy, exactly why you NEED a copy of todays paper?
  2. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    Absolutely nothing, my brother. :)

    I own several rifles and a few pistols and for all the above-mentioned reasons.
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Leftist extremists are skilled practitioners of the ancient art of divide and conquer.
  4. G-Raptor

    G-Raptor Well-Known Member

    When someone asks why, I simply respond with "why not?". ;)
  5. NewShooter78

    NewShooter78 Well-Known Member

  6. blades67

    blades67 Well-Known Member

    Many of the RN's I work with ask why I need so many guns (some of them know I have more than one:rolleyes: ), so I ask them why they need so many shoes.:rolleyes:

    Because I can.
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    The entire notion of "sporting purpose" is offensive to me. The Second Amendment was put there to make it legal for Elmer Fudd to "kill the wabbit." It's there to reserve to the people a right of self defense - even against a government gone bad.
  8. bfason

    bfason Well-Known Member

    "Who would anyone need *that* kind of gun?"

    Does anyone "need" rap music? Does anyone need to attend church more than once per week? Does anyone need to buy more than one Bible per month? And BTW, where's your religious freedom permit?

    I have three phone lines (voice, fax, and wireless) and an cable Internet connection. Do I really "need" them? Especially when there are so many on this world who do not have even one phone line?

    Usually, the people who seriously pose this question are not malevolent, merely ignorant. "What's wrong with registering your guns?" they ask. Sure, I respond, how about registering your books with the government. After all, some books are dangerous, filthy, hateful, etc. And while we're at it, how about requiring a license to get an Internet connection? Fill out forms, give your SSN, get fingerprinted, photographed, and otherwise be treated as some kind of dangerous criminal. After all, a lot of "crimes" are committed across the Internet.

    Background checks for buying boxcutters. Five-day waiting periods for buying fertilizer.

    Fortunately, we don't have to prove "need" in order to exercise our freedoms. (At least not where I live.)
  9. Hand_Rifle_Guy

    Hand_Rifle_Guy Well-Known Member

    As I understand it, Freedom of Pleasure is NOT a constitutional guarantee.

    Well, not directly enumerated anyhow. The Tenth Amd. is vague enough to be ignored by the liberals. :rolleyes:

    However, it's supposed to be "Allowed unless specifically outlawed", not "Denied unless specifically allowed." That makes "because I can" a plenty good reason, and all one should need if you're not out being a criminal.
  10. BerettaNut92

    BerettaNut92 Well-Known Member

    I get stuff from church people about why I need more than one gun. I have one bible, but most have twice as many assault bibles as I have guns.
  11. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    "Life, Liberty and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" just about covers it all, doncha think?


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