One of life’s most important questions is, “How many guns should I own?”
To really appreciate this question you have to reflect on its relativity. If you are a fan of Dave Ramsey, he would say that you only need one gun until you can afford a second and third. And that one gun you own does not have to be anything special, a “hoopty” will do until you can get that gold plated G-22 you’ve always craved. Notwithstanding, we must consider that one weapon isn’t enough, whereas, you would be troubled to carry a shotgun around town. And, you would have difficulty hunting that elk with your gold plated G-22. So now you need a rifle, bolt or semi-auto. That leaves us two, minimum. There is a but; you need a good home defense option. The shotgun is a favorite among most for a good reason, although for those of you who are ill equipped to handle the shotty, the Judge sitting on your night stand will do. I must add that you have to reflect on the number one rule in a firefight, “Always bring a gun, preferable two, and bring all your friends who have guns.”
To start with everyone should get a firearm as soon as they can, which means you will have to buy a rifle or shotgun on your 18th birthday, just like I did. Now that you have that taken care of, you must get a pistol, or as I would suggest to everyone a carry option. Do this again, as soon as you can. There are many options out there, but just as most things in life, not all handguns are created equal. You must do your due diligence, and take it from a professional that no one can tell which the best option for you is. With that said, there are a few good possibilities for everyone; Glock and Springfield have excellent variety for all shooters. The G-26 and the new G-43 are the first ones you need to look at if you are a proponent of the 9mm. For those of you who say there is not replacement for displacement, then look in to the G-27, G-30S or the like.
Okay, you have fulfilled the mission of getting your carry option under control and you own one rifle/shotgun. So you have a couple or maybe a few firearms, is it enough? Think of it this way, there are several good reasons to owning firearms:
- George Washington said: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence…”
- Bearing arms is the American thing to do. Jesus said: “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one…” (Luke 22:36)
- People who chose to go without a means of self-defense are murdered daily by criminals who have guns. Having a firearm is your duty to those who depend on you.
- Everyone appreciates law enforcement officer. Notwithstanding, the police usually don’t show up until AFTER the crime has been committed.
- When owners keep their firearms dutifully, it is a safe practice. More children die every year in swimming pool accidents than in accidental shootings.
- A little bird told me that armed American men and women prevent two million crimes every year because they are in possession of a firearm.
- Most firearm related crimes in America involve gang bangers shooting other gang bangers. The average responsible citizen never uses his or her gun to commit crime.
- The War on Terror will be a long one. People who own a means of self-defense, and who train with DRIFT and live fire scenarios responsibly, are better primed to serve their country than people who are ignorant about guns.
Now that you have reviewed that take a quick look why not to own a firearm.
Excuses for NOT Owning a gun:
- It would be better for a criminal to kill me or my family than try to prevent it with a gun.
- It was wrong for America’s founders to use guns to overthrow the British.
- Our courts are designed to keep ferocious criminals locked-up. It’s not possible that I will ever be attacked.
- I choose not to know about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, but I don’t care.
- If my children will grow up in a communist America, it won’t bother me. Right now things are pretty good for me, and that’s all I need to worry about.
So by now you have made up your mind that you will or will not own at least two/three guns, my suggestion is to get one of each before you get duplicates of any, don’t be that guy who owns 10 pistols and not one rifle.
What’s the bottom line, own as many as you can afford, with consideration to owning at least one of each type.