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Happiness is a warm gun

The death rate from firearms in the United States exceeds that of any other country by multiples of 10. Yet passions run deep both in favor of and in opposition to limiting handgun availability and use.
click to enlarge Chris Solarek Briargate Air Force - Do you own a gun? I do not. -  - Why not? I'm active-duty military, and I've - been exposed to weapons my entire adult life, but I have - no interest in owning one. I have a lot of friends who - own one for home security, though. -  - Why do guns excite such strong emotion in people? -  Most crime is gun-related. The adage, "no gun, no - crime," isn't necessarily true. And people who use guns - recreationally are as passionate about keeping them as - are people who oppose guns and want to get them off - the street and out of peoples' homes. -  - To what extent should we have gun control? I - can see both sides of the issue in terms of things like - automatic weapons, but it's nobody's right to tell us we - can't bear arms to defend ourselves, or use them for - recreational sport. -  - Have you ever been shot at, or shot at anyone? - No.
  • Chris Solarek
    Briargate

    Air Force
    Do you own a gun? I do not.

    Why not? I'm active-duty military, and I've been exposed to weapons my entire adult life, but I have no interest in owning one. I have a lot of friends who own one for home security, though.

    Why do guns excite such strong emotion in people? Most crime is gun-related. The adage, "no gun, no crime," isn't necessarily true. And people who use guns recreationally are as passionate about keeping them as are people who oppose guns and want to get them off the street and out of peoples' homes.

    To what extent should we have gun control? I can see both sides of the issue in terms of things like automatic weapons, but it's nobody's right to tell us we can't bear arms to defend ourselves, or use them for recreational sport.

    Have you ever been shot at, or shot at anyone? No.

click to enlarge Nancy Gonzales West side Medical - technologist Do you own a gun? A - handgun, for protection. Plus, I enjoy going to the range - for target practice. I don't ever want to have to use it and - not be ready. -  - What makes guns such an emotional issue? Big - Brother trying to tell us what we can and cannot do. It's - one of our rights to own a gun. -  - Should gun ownership and use be controlled? - There should be the controls we already have now. I - don't have a problem with registering owners or having - safety classes. Those are good things. -  - Have you ever been shot at, or shot at anyone? - No.
  • Nancy Gonzales
    West side

    Medical technologist
    Do you own a gun? A handgun, for protection. Plus, I enjoy going to the range for target practice. I don't ever want to have to use it and not be ready.

    What makes guns such an emotional issue? Big Brother trying to tell us what we can and cannot do. It's one of our rights to own a gun.

    Should gun ownership and use be controlled? There should be the controls we already have now. I don't have a problem with registering owners or having safety classes. Those are good things.

    Have you ever been shot at, or shot at anyone? No.

click to enlarge Gerald Clay Springs Ranch Worship - minister Do you own a gun? I - always didwhen I worked for prisons, but I - have no need for one now. -  - Is gun usea legitimate recreational activity? - Yes. My wife and I do archery, which is the same thing in - a different form. They're both recreation. -  - Why do guns stir such strong emotions, pro and - con? Those against them don't have much - knowledge of guns. And anything you hear about guns is - usually negative. You don't hear about people sport- - shooting clays, or activities like that. -  - Should there be gun controls? If you have a - felony or history of violence, you shouldn't be permitted - to own one. -  - Have you ever shot a gun at anyone? Or been shot - at? No.
  • Gerald Clay
    Springs Ranch

    Worship minister
    Do you own a gun? I always didwhen I worked for prisons, but I have no need for one now.

    Is gun usea legitimate recreational activity? Yes. My wife and I do archery, which is the same thing in a different form. They're both recreation.

    Why do guns stir such strong emotions, pro and con? Those against them don't have much knowledge of guns. And anything you hear about guns is usually negative. You don't hear about people sport- shooting clays, or activities like that.

    Should there be gun controls? If you have a felony or history of violence, you shouldn't be permitted to own one.

    Have you ever shot a gun at anyone? Or been shot at? No.

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