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    Posted December 18, 2012 by
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    Among the several guns I own are two AR-15 styled rifles. Why do I own them? Because I believe the foremost person responsible for protecting my family and myself is me. These rifles provide me with the tools to perform that duty. I don’t own these guns to target shoot, though I do that with them. I don’t hunt with them, though I could in a pinch. I own them, and have become highly competent with them, because they are the best weapon to rely on in the event of threat that could come with civil unrest or natural disaster. And I would not hesitate to use one to simply defend my home and family from a single intruder if it became necessary. These rifles aren’t pretty. They aren’t stocked in fancy walnut, nor are they highly polished. They don’t have the character of grandpa’s old huntin’ rifle. They are purely functional. There’s nothing evil about them. They only do what I make them do. It’s the man that holds it that has or lacks character – not the gun.

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