- Posted July 23, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun ownership in America
Why I own guns.
Owning a total of four guns at the moment, he says they are mostly for hunting purposes and that he has a handgun strictly for self defense. "I personally believe it is my job to protect myself and my family and to ensure that I have the tools, equipment, and skills necessary to do so," he says. "We need to make the laws we have work for us, not just try to make new ones."
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
Now, many would call me a gun nut and dangerous person for owning just one of these weapons. Many more would gnash their teeth and shake their fists for owning all four. Add in that I am already planning on teaching my child to use and respect guns and now I’m just plain insane, right? Wrong. The reason is simple; guns do not kill people, people kill people. I own and carry guns to prevent people from killing me or my family, and to provide cheaper and healthier food for us. I agree there should be limits to who can own a gun; however one thing that I have seen firsthand is that no matter how hard you try, if someone wants a gun, they will find a way to get it. So make smart laws that are simple to enforce; make anyone who buys a gun go through a background check to ensure they don’t have a history of violence, bar the sale of fully automatic or silenced guns unless the purchaser has gone through an additional background check and federal licensing process, limit access to high capacity magazines (over 30 rounds for semi-automatic rifles and pistols) to those who have a federal license. But one thing that should not be done is to try and take away the guns of the many who do the right thing because of the few who decide to do the wrong thing. You never know, I could be the person saving your life the next time one of these sick and disturbed people surface.