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    Posted July 23, 2012 by
    Aubrey, Texas
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Gun ownership in America

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    Lawyer, Gun Owner, Instructor, & Competition Shooter


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Having owned a gun since he was 18-years-old with his first one being a Beretta 92FS pistol, JasonLeeVD now owns 16 guns and uses them for competitive shooting, personal defense, concealed handgun license instruction and hunting purposes. He has also been in a situation involving gun violence when he had someone attack him with a baseball bat and says he drew his weapon and ordered him to stop and get on the ground. "He dropped his weapon and ran away," he says. "I did not fire my weapon because there was no need to. The threat was gone." With a stance against any new forms of gun control and personally feeling safer owning guns, he says he thinks there is plenty of gun control at the federal level and the issue of gun control should be left to the states. "I would much rather have a gun and not need it than need one and not have it. I think those advocating for stricter gun control are incredibly misguided," he says. " I don't believe those who want to ban these guns have any idea how they work or what they are typically used for by people like me. I think we need to continue to make sure the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is updated with criminal records and mental health information because there are certainly people out there that shouldn't have guns."
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    I am a lawyer by trade, but I own sixteen firearms. Multiple Glocks. Multiple AR-15s. A whole box of magazines that hold greater than ten rounds. A shotgun based off the AK-47 design. A World War II battle rifle. A purpose-built sniper rifle. Why does a lawyer need so many weapons? The answer is simple: Practicing law is my job - but shooting is what I really love.


    I go to the range every weekend. I train with professionals about twice a month. There have been some weeks where I have competed at four or five different competitions. When I sit at home watching TV, I am reloading ammunition for the next hunt, range day, or match. I am not only a life member of the NRA, but I am also a dues paying member of six different shooting associations and two private shooting ranges. I am certified by the NRA and both a range officer and a pistol instructor. I am certified by the State of Texas to teach concealed handgun courses. Although I would be more than qualified to defend myself if the need ever arose, I pray to God that I will never need to. In fact, the sole purpose for most of the guns I own is recreational.


    I helped a close friend who was college student start a shooting club on his campus several years ago. I offered the students free firearms training. In fact, most of the firearms training I offer in my spare time is free of charge and 90% of my students are in college or are college-aged. Why do I do this? First and foremost, because I want today's generation to understand the importance of the right to keep and bear arms. I remember how guns and gun ownership was demonized while I was a college student. Young people today need to understand that there is another side to the story and that, while an evil man with a gun is a very dangerous thing, a good man with a gun is no threat to anybody (with the possible exception of evil men).


    There is one unique aspect to my perspective; I ENJOY my right to keep and bear arms and I want others to ENJOY it as well. Gun ownership is a big responsibility, but it is not a chore. Shooting is about more than hunting and self defense: it is about having fun. Fun is the reason many people purchase these so-called "assault rifles", because lets face it, the AR-15 is incredibly fun to shoot.  Some of my happiest days have been at range days shooting competitions with my friends.  The fellowship and camaraderie that comes with spending a weekend shooting a competition with your best friends is unlike anything else - and that is probably the biggest reason that I own guns and shoot them regularly.


    The picture displayed is me with a Glock 17 pistol competing in an International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) competition.

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