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Old 10-19-2014, 01:31 PM
 
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Absolutely agree. I have read so many British news articles claiming we are "gun crazy!" and "gun obsessed!" in America and stuck in the 1700s. Yeah, ok. I've never even touched a gun. All the while commenters are agreeing, spewing their ignorance and calling Americans names and saying pretty ridiculous, terrible things about all of us. Meanwhile, still haven't touched a gun.

People will attack what they do not understand. That type of freedom isn't allotted in many European countries, they cannot possibly understand it when confronted by it. We suddenly become a nation of gun-crazies who take our guns everywhere, sleep beside them, buy them for all our young daughters, can't imagine life without them - collectively. Foreigners also cannot grasp a country the size of America, where regional differences are often pretty major and where we don't all share the same views and values...



You weren't talking to me, but I live in northern NJ and also know almost no one who owns guns. If they do, they don't let you know and they're probably only for protection, rather than hunting and shooting for fun. I know hunters but there is no "gun culture" in my part of NJ, close to NYC. Not a joke thread, not all Americans are open about their guns, if they even have them. That comes down to regions and areas. Gun and hunting laws can vary greatly across the US and in a state like mine, both are stricter - and I don't come across many people angry about it.
I am out here in the PNW. I dont flaunt mine or anyyhing but it is a big culture out here. Ive even deleted people off my facebook because all they post is gun laws this gun laws that. Youd be surprised how many people have concealed carry out here as well. Its not allowed at work or schools obviously but i know pleanty of co-workers and friends who carry outside of those institutions.

 
Old 10-19-2014, 01:35 PM
 
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I am out here in the PNW. I dont flaunt mine or anyyhing but it is a big culture out here. Ive even deleted people off my facebook because all they post is gun laws this gun laws that. Youd be surprised how many people have concealed carry out here as well. Its not allowed at work or schools obviously but i know pleanty of co-workers and friends who carry outside of those institutions.
Interesting, I wouldn't expect that in that region. All I think of is liberalism, Portland and Seattle. Do you live outside the major cities? I've heard that the eastern parts of OR and WA are much different than the coastal.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Bran's tree
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Where do you live???? Everyone I know owns at least one gun. Hell I own four and most friends own more... Joke topic?
No, not a joke. I don't know anyone who owns a gun, except for my ex, who grew up in Texas and was in the Navy.

Most people I know are at least a little freaked out by people who own guns. I'm actually getting one this week, for self-defense in case of a break-in, and good god it took a lot of arguing to get my husband to allow it. He absolutely hates guns. And he's not even from SF...born and raised NYC.

Hell, I'd estimate a good 1/3 of people I know are vegetarians or vegans. But I think that's more specific to my area.

I live in San Francisco. What area are you from? I'm curious.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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I think it really does vary regionally, and probably cities vs. rural. I grew up in MA near Boston, and didn't know anyone who owned guns or went hunting. I still feel like I would never want a gun in my home, even if it was stored safely and responsibly. It would make me nervous. My husband is from rural WI, and most families he knew growing up had guns for hunting and/or protecting their animals. He learned to shoot and maintain a hunting rifle at a young age. He lived on a farm & it was totally normal.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Between amicable and ornery
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I grew up in suburban Southern California and never thought much about guns. Moved to a very libertarian State where gun ownership is high but not flaunted. Worked with a man who collected guns like little boys collect hot wheels. Married a military man and moved to a southern state where hunting was a lifestyle.

My opinion is to each his own. Whilst down south I could see the need for owning a gun when you're in the middle of pitch black butt tuck nowhere and wildlife runs upon you. That's one instance when I thought of getting a gun.

Now that my current area is getting a little shady, I'm thinking of spending time at the range as a recreational event with the thought of getting a gun/license. My only fear is if my home ever is invaded, being killed because my intruder is quicker than me to my own weapon. Still on the fence but comfortable enough not to care how many guns my neighbor has.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 02:22 PM
 
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No, not a joke. I don't know anyone who owns a gun, except for my ex, who grew up in Texas and was in the Navy.

Most people I know are at least a little freaked out by people who own guns. I'm actually getting one this week, for self-defense in case of a break-in, and good god it took a lot of arguing to get my husband to allow it. He absolutely hates guns. And he's not even from SF...born and raised NYC.

Hell, I'd estimate a good 1/3 of people I know are vegetarians or vegans. But I think that's more specific to my area.

I live in San Francisco. What area are you from? I'm curious.
North of seattle. Lots of pickups and lots of guns. I actually don't even hunt. My four are just for protection and fun.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I believe that when foreigners talk of the American gun obsession it is because the movies are so full of gun violence.

You live in San Francisco, OP, where people tend to be less outdoorsy. I am in an outdoor recreation area and everyone I know hunts and owns hunting rifles and sometimes hunting bows. Everyone owns fishing rods. Probably the only ones who don't own a gun around here are the people who moved here from San Francisco.

All the farmers and ranchers carry guns that are used to protect their crops or livestock from varmints.

There is no "obsession". Guns are a tool and used for a specific purpose, and nobody is doing much talking about them or thinking about them, until it is hunting season again.

There tend to not be "gun stores". Guns are purchased at the sporting goods department of Walmart or at sporting good stores, the same places that you buy your camping equipment.

By the way, most of us participate in eating meat. That meat was once a living creature, and killed for our table. The hunters all eat what they kill, too. The deer are managed and their populations supported, so it is not too much different from eating cattle.
Great point. I moved from (the city of) Seattle to a small town in Northeast WA 15 months ago, and I have learned that this is very much the truth. Before living here, I just assumed that most people who owned guns were NRA-supporting, tinfoil hat-wearing, paranoid far-righties. What I came to find out, after moving to this area, is exactly what you described here. People in this area hunt for their food. A single Elk can feed a family of four for six months. And since Elk are abundant in this area, and most locals aren't exactly wealthy, and since there aren't many options locally for grocery shopping... it makes perfect sense now.

Since I have moved here, I have not seen a single NRA sticker. Everyone I know here who owns a gun (which is pretty much everybody I know here), never talks about owning guns, and they only use them a few times a year to hunt for food. It's a matter of practicality, not obsession. And more than a few of these people voted for Obama. Twice.

It's just a different mentality than what you encounter in the cities and suburbs.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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I am out here in the PNW. I dont flaunt mine or anyyhing but it is a big culture out here. Ive even deleted people off my facebook because all they post is gun laws this gun laws that. Youd be surprised how many people have concealed carry out here as well. Its not allowed at work or schools obviously but i know pleanty of co-workers and friends who carry outside of those institutions.
Obviously? Come to Texas.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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Or is it because of invariable references to guns and gun violence in the media. Just curious!
Bingo. There is no obsession.
I very rarely ever see a private citizen with a gun in public, certainly a handgun.
 
Old 10-19-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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Maybe not. But we are a nation where the gun nuts have the most shrill and influential voices. And they are a truly paranoid crowd prone to conspiracy theories. The equivalent of political shock troops who have spread their shrapnel across a bloody public square.


^^^^^^^^^^^^ Now that is about as ignorant as they come. Wow!! Unbelievable.
A good example of why this country is going so batsh^t crazy. This type of thinking.
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