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Does an interest in firearms lead to paranoia?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by FTF, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. FTF

    FTF member

    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???
  2. noops

    noops Well-Known Member

    Even paranoids

    Well, as Kissinger once said about Nixon, "Even paranoids have enemies."

    I'm guessing you're just fine.
  3. Geronimo45

    Geronimo45 Well-Known Member

    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.'
  4. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Well-Known Member

    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.
  5. NailGun

    NailGun Well-Known Member

    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
  6. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. eastwood44mag

    eastwood44mag Well-Known Member

    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
  8. Puppy

    Puppy Well-Known Member

    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.
  9. AJAX22

    AJAX22 Well-Known Member

    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.
  10. hillbilly

    hillbilly Well-Known Member

    And what, EXACTLY, do you really mean by that???????????????????????:scrutiny:

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

    History Prof Well-Known Member

    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
  12. Rezin

    Rezin Well-Known Member

    Paranoia is just reality on a finer scale....................
  13. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Well-Known Member

    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.
  14. Low-Sci

    Low-Sci Well-Known Member

    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.
  15. Arcticfox

    Arcticfox Well-Known Member

    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:
  16. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Well-Known Member

    My Anti-senses are tingling... or was the previous post just a newbie?
  17. DRMMR02

    DRMMR02 member

    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.
  18. Panthera Tigris

    Panthera Tigris Well-Known Member

    For some reason, as I get older, I'm more interested in news and politics, and less interested in other stuff.
  19. BullfrogKen

    BullfrogKen Moderator Emeritus

    You think its bad now? Wait until your 15 year old daughter says, "Daddy, there's this really cute boy at school that . . . . "
  20. DRMMR02

    DRMMR02 member

    Then I'll have something to post in the "Have you ever used your collection to intimidate..." thread :evil:

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