- Posted July 29, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun ownership in America
A fundamental right.
- dsashin, CNN iReport producer
It is perfectly Ok not to “like” guns. Many of my family members do not. But it is critically important to respect the rights of others who are responsible gun owners – whether for self-protection, hunting, firearm collecting, or just occasionally plinking on the range.
As a responsible citizen I feel perfectly safe (safer actually) to know that my neighbors are armed too.
Unfortunate tragedies like the one in Colorado are unavoidable, regardless of what was the means of perpetration of the crime. Evil exists and evil has the creativity to mastermind schemes that bypass any written law. There is no point to punish the law-abiding for the actions of the criminals.
It is important to support the NRA too! Many gun owners do not do so, but it is a mistake. It has to be kept in mind that the NRA, loved by some and passionately hated by others, is the best defense against the senseless populist attacks of the anti-gun lobby who think they can find cheap protection from evil by enacting all kinds of irrational anti-gun laws.
Not all gun owners can be pigeon-holed as “rednecks”. There is increasing demographics of gun owners that comes from suburbia and holds well-paid jobs in the city. The prices of many firearms have skyrocketed recently and demonstrate that there is a solid purchasing power behind the industry.
Attached are a couple of photos demonstrating the usage of firearms in my family.