Yep ... I
I am a crazy,
I hate to spoil the image that the media loves to promote, but.....
I'm an astronomer working for NASA at JPL and
shooting and gun collecting is my hobby when the weather is bad and I can't
open up my observatory to do some asteroid chasing or astro imaging work
.... It requires loads of skill and coordination, requires fast reflexes
and steady nerves and muscle control.... It really works great for
taking my mind off of WORK !
And ... it's
just plain fun !!!
Shooting for FUN :
I guarantee you these are all a lot more fun and a lot more challenging than snoring through some board meeting or painting lines on a freeway ....
SORTING OUT FACTS AND BIG BAD WOLF TALES:
SO... You are against the NRA.... You HATE the NRA !!!
Does that mean you are against enforcing laws already on the books that would take armed criminals off the streets and KEEP them off the streets ??
Does that mean you are against teaching gun safety to anyone who plans on owning a gun ??
If you answered 'NO' to both of those questions then you are a victim of the media and the BIG BAD WOLF Image that they have created for the NRA. And if you believe the BS pushed in the press that the NRA is a bunch of crazy folk out to let nasty mean horrible guns loose out on the streets so that the horrible, awful street killings can go on then you really need to visit the NRA's home pages and see what the NRA really is in favor of. They have pushed gun safety laws for years and instead of getting meaningful safety laws we got the Brady Bill. When the NRA's Instant Check was finally put into effect in some states it stopped more felons from buying guns in one week than the Brady Bill did in nearly a decade. NRA's PROJECT EXILE
If you live in a County or State that has NOT yet adopted PROJECT EXILE, then your legislators are GUARANTEEING that you live in an area that could be as much as 50% safer by just passing and signing a law that would put EXILE into effect. PROJECT EXILE uses existing laws regarding the CRIMINAL USE of guns and enforces those laws to the MAXIMUM and does not allow DAs to bargain away those gun law charges for lighter sentences. PROJECT EXILE makes the use of a gun in ANY crime VER unattractive to CRIMINALS. PROJECT EXILE does not attack the innocent gun owning citizens of the US. Project EXILE take the VIOLENT CRIMINAL off the streets and keeps them off the streets !
I'd also suggest you do some checking on your own over the so called 'FACTS' about how many gun deaths there are each year. Look at auto caused deaths ... Look at cigarette related deaths ... look at alcohol related deaths.... Look at how many deaths can be directly attributed to on-the-job stress.....also look at how many lives are saved each year by guns in the prevention of violent crimes and assaults..... then decide which of these 'weapons' is the most dangerous.
GUN MYTHS AND FACTS
**MORE LINKS TO GUN MYTHS AND FACTS and a QUIZ !!**
I just got back into shooting after almost
20 years away from it and I am STUNNED by the number of absurd, totally
ridiculous and idiotic gun control laws that do NOTHING to help
keep guns out of the hands of criminals. There are laws on top of laws
all covering the same offense ( sometimes breaking one law now amounts
to breaking 6 laws... all federal felonies ). Virtually all of these laws
infringe upon the LAW ABIDING CITIZEN and have little to zero effect upon
real criminals. I went to wander off to the range with my XP-100 target
pistol, carrying it in my car like I used to do and was informed by a friend
that I had just violated a federal law and that it was a felony to have
that monster single shot target pistol in the car unless it was in a locked
container. So, if I someday just forget to lock my new pistol box
before heading to the range I would then be guilty of a federal felony.
get to the really crazy laws....
We are talking totally senseless crazy laws !!!!
CALIFORNIA has the most Gun Control Laws of any State in this country.
Use MEANINGFUL laws to take the CRIMINALS off the streets. Guns are a sort of tool just like a screwdriver or a chisel. ( well maybe more like an expensive TOY for 'adults' <G>). The gun can not do anything that the person handling it does not make it do. ( In all of my 35 years of shooting I have NEVER seen a gun get up and walk around on its own!). If a gun is used in a crime then triple the mandatory prison term. If a gun is discharged in the course of a crime then make it a mandatory life term. Take look at what the NRA really want !! PROJECT EXILE
If the amazingly violent video game industry is part of the cause then let's rate the VIOLENT ones as PG-35. If we need to stop depicting such horrible violence to our youth then Movies with violence should be rated a lot worse than PG-13 and the news media should not be showing blood soaked accident scenes on the 6PM news! We already have plenty of laws to keep guns away from kids so maybe we need to stop exposing them to all the violence that they get dosed on in thier daily TV viewing and in their toys.
Why am I a SHOOTIST ?
I do not own guns to fend off the so called 'Jack Booted Thugs' of the US Government (I think that phrase is referring to the IRS <G). I do not own guns just for self defense but I will use one in self defense if such an ugly confrontation should occur in my home or if my own life is threatened. I own and use guns for sports, to exercise my skills at long range target shooting, at skeet and sporting clays shooting and at 'plinking'. Virtually all ammunition used in the US and in most countries is used in sports. Shooting is FUN !!!. It is that simple.
I can and would use a gun as a weapon in self defense
but I would not advise anyone to own a gun merely for self Defense reasons.
First, if you are afraid of a gun you should not own a gun. ( It's hard
to imagine being afraid of an inanimate hunk of steel !). Secondly,
if you are not going to train to know how to instinctively use a gun and
enjoy shooting the gun then you just have it stashed someplace and I think
that is asking for trouble. I own and use guns because shooting is
a skill and it is fun but I surely do not believe that the police
and the cavalry will ride over the hill and save me in the event that I
have to face down a prowler in the night or a raider out in the desert
when I'm camping. If I had to rely on that miracle happening I would just
be making myself into another victim. Anytime someone tells me that the
government will protect me I get REAL nervous. I've worked with and for
a number of Federal agencies and I would not trust them with a $5 bill
much less my life and safety.
OH ... BY THE WAY
There is a very interesting book out that reports on the results of extensive studies in states where personal gun carrying is now allowed once again and that study shows that violent crimes drop in those states. It would appear that criminals don't like the idea of facing a victim who is just not ready or willing to be a victim. If your state has restrictive permit to carry laws ( like CA,AZ,CO,NM and a lot of others) , your legislators are guaranteeing that the VIOLENT crime rate in your state will be at least 20% higher than in a state that has an "issue on request" CCW policy.
You should really read over this study if you are female. While it shows that violent crimes drop dramatically in areas where Permit To Carry laws are issued upon request (with safety and training course requirements), it shows that the effect in lessening violent crimes on females is nearly double the effect on males !!!
8/23/00 LA TIMES ARTICLE by JOHN LOTT
You might also take a look at the works by Gary Kleck.
If you think your basic murderer is just really a very normal guy who just
suddenly decided to take on murder for a hobby then the studies by Kleck
should be an eye opener. He has looked at the criminal records
of violent criminals and managed to even get some jeuvenile records opened
up for his studies.
BOTTOM LINE: You can probably pick out the 8-10 year old kids in your neighborhood who will be carreer violent criminals and who will murder.
Then there is hunting .... Ya ought to go out there into internet land and do some more fact finding... The results of this little quest should be a really eye opener when you finish looking up a few facts......
I'm doing my homework after 20
years of thinking that just paying
my NRA dues was enough to keep my hobby safe .... OOPS !
... A QUIZ !!!
LINKS: (under construction)
NRA Home pages
If you own a gun and want this
hobby preserved ...
you should be an NRA member and fork over those dues !
and .... Don't just support the NRA !!!
Here are some other groups that believe that
should not be classed as criminals because of their hobbies.
Gun Owners of America
Gun Owners of California
Calfornia NRA Member's Council
CA Rifle and Pistol Association
Hunting & Shooting Sports Heritage Fund
SASS WESTERN ACTION SHOOTING
COWBOY ACTION MOUNTED SHOOTING
and then ... just for fun ....
GUN MYTHS AND FACTS
THE BRADY BILL
FEDERAL GUN LAWS
VIRTUAL BENCHREST Shooting
VIRTUAL PRARIE DOG HUNT
GRAVESITES OF FAMOUS OLD WEST FIGURES
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