So the one of the big debates today has been over the number of guns that the Vegas shooter had. With some arguing he had too many, some wondering why he had any, and of course Michael Moore jumping back for his five seconds to say guns are evil… essentially boiling down to accusations across both sides of the major political divides.
This did however get me thinking, is there such a thing as too many guns? I said to myself, I have a blog now, why not put my thoughts out there… since that’s what blogs are for.
I love guns, don’t get me wrong when I ask the question if there is such a thing as too many, I’d love to have a collection… but I don’t “need” a collection.
So first of all what do I need a gun for? That should be the question anyone should ask before they buy one. I don’t hunt, nor live in Kabul, nor do I shoot competitions for a living, or have livestock and a hoard of gold hidden in my buried pirate chest. I do know that the world is a dangerous place, and that there is a time and place where a firearm is an equalizer, because of that I feel the need to own them. I am trained, mature and relatively in my right mind.
I believe that the 2d Amendment to the Constitution is not really a “right” to bear arms, but a requirement… I can get into that at another time, but the Founders, in my mind did not put the right to bear arms into the Constitution to allow you to join the NRA or be a hunter, I do believe they meant it as a way to protect the Constitution and the what that they intended this country to be.
I also enjoy target shooting as a hobby when I have the time, so just like a golfer who “needs” more than three clubs to perfect his game I have a few additional firearms for variety. I enjoy shooting for sport, just like a golfer can rent clubs, but chooses to buy his or her own, I have done the same. People like to own things they enjoy so that they know the quality, the value, that they will be able to use them when they want and don’t have to wait for someone else.
I own manual action, semi-auto, and even black powder firearms, because I like the variety… for no other reason than that, same reason some people own 5 cars, or a dozen golf clubs. However I budget when I want to buy a new one so that I’m not buying guns at the expense of food or rent.
So is there such a thing as too many? Yes, when ownership of the thing prevents you from being a reasonable person who can manage their responsibilities and their desires like a productive citizen.