Owning a gun of any kind is strictly a matter of personal preference. Gun ownership is a volatile and controversial issue in today’s world. Anti-gun advocates argue that it does not make sense for anyone to own guns and that it only leads to gun violence. Advocates for gun ownership refer to the Second Amendment and believe they are only exercising their rights under the law. The debate will probably continue into perpetuity with no compromise in sight. It is a fact that more than 60 million Americans now own guns with that number growing every year. The reasons for owning a gun are as individual as the weapon owner, but there are similar ones cited by almost all who purchase a gun.
Just owning a gun seems to make most people feel safer whether at home or elsewhere. A recent survey shows that approximately 48 percent say they own a gun primarily for self-protection and protection for their family. More and more women have become the head of the household and are responsible for the safety and well-being of the home. Many believe that owning a gun is not much different from having homeowner’s insurance or health insurance. The possibility of ever needing to use a gun to defend their home may seem remote, but about 64 percent say they feel much safer just having one in the home.
Violent crime is rampant in many parts of the country, and it seems that no one is immune from the possibility of a personal attack. More people, especially women, are beginning to accept that they are ultimately responsible for their safety in public and private. Concealed weapons permits are being issued at a record rate as the majority of Americans realize that carrying a gun can enable a person to stay alive in an unexpected encounter with a criminal.
Hunting and Recreational Shooting
Competition, target shooting, and hunting are enjoyable activities that require participants to own a gun. Long guns are the guns of choice for hunting, but handguns may be used for target practice or in competition shooting. The number of women engaging in hunting has increased in recent years according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. About 32 percent of guns purchased in the United States are used for hunting. Regardless of the reasons for owning a gun, safe handling and proper storage remain a top priority for all gun owners.