A conservative who happened along my "gun loving liberal" pieces asked me what got me into weapons since "most liberals want everyone's guns taken away because they believe that this will create a safe world" I will touch on that a bit later but I must say that I never really gave much thought to it if I can be honest; he also asked me some questions which I will post throughout this and answer them
Here are the pieces that he read:
Liberals and Gun Ownership
Gun Loving Liberal
There are many a reasons why I have always been a fan of guns. One, as I spoke of in the pieces linked above, I do not think it is a matter of liking guns, or disliking guns. I think it is a matter of personal experience with guns, and others having no experience with them.
If you were brought up in an area where guns were either not allowed your family never had them, then you may not feel comfortable around handguns; especially if you have been the victim of or know someone who was a victim of gun violence then you may not be comfortable around guns.
Conversely if you were brought up around guns, or seeing guns was a normal way of life around your home or family and it becomes quite normal to see them, then you would feel much more comfortable around them and not so squeamish.
For me, I have always been around guns, legal and illegal. I grew up in Harlem, New York; so seeing people with illegal firearms was not a rare occasion. Yet when it comes to my family, my father is a Vietnam Veteran and a retired US Marine, as well as after he got out of the military he became and NYPD Officer, at 70 now, he is of course retired yet still has many guns, all legally owned of course. I also have a huge family of military men and women, law enforcements [police officers] as well as family in an array of federal agencies, FBI, CIA, ATF, etc
so I was always use to my family members carrying guns at family gatherings such as reunions and things of that nature when I was very small kid.
My father taught me since I was like 6 or 7 how to hold a gun properly, how to aim.. I had went to the range with him for quite some time and had other family that would take me to the range with them and teach me proper safety for the next few years. It was not until the age of 11 that I was actually allowed to shoot the gun [the particular range had rules about no kids under 10 allowed to handle guns, and kids 10+ could with adult supervision and as long as they understood the basic rules] at around this age, and after years of being taught safety rules, proper way of handling guns, how to aim, how to shoot
During this time, while very different than an actual gun, I was into paintball guns and while the blowback of paintball guns are nothing compared to real firearms, it did teach me how to aim at a target, both moving and still targets and hit them with accuracy. I also shot BB Guns as well and could hit my target with accuracy so when I finally was ready to shoot a real gun, after a few shots I got the hang of it pretty quickly and was able to shoot moving and still targets with accuracy.
Over the next few years I have shot pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and many types of guns allowed for civilian use
and a few military weapons thanks to a few relatives in the military who allowed me to fire their firearms, which was pretty cool.
Since I titled this piece "Emanon and Weapons" and not just Emanon and guns, I figured I would step away from his question and say some of the other types of weapons that I am familiar with:
An uncle of mine spent about 4 or 5 years traveling across Asia and Africa and when he got back, more-so as a hobby than anything he had picked up, or rather was taught how to use a blowgun, I have tried it but was not as efficient nor experienced as he was and to be honest, sucked at it
That same uncle was a big hunter, he had a general rule [which a friend's dad has a similar rule] that the only meat he would eat is something he has killed himself. While when proof reading this for me a friend was opposed to hunting, but to be honest, I can honestly respect someone much more who would rather only eat what they kill themselves than the easier way of just going to the store, and picking up whatever meat you want
but anyway, this uncle, who pretty much hunted deer from what I can recall, would use bows and arrows and rarely used guns, he would say while a gun of course is easier, and more accurate for a simple head shot that he liked to "work up an appetite" for which I took as he liked the actual hunt.. but anyway, I was always fascinated with bows and arrows when reading about their historical military usage. So I asked him to train me how to use it, it was a lot harder than I had thought. He made it look rather easy so it did take me some months to hit my target more often than not and a few months more to have about 70-80% accuracy on still targets and about 30-50% depending on the speed of a moving target
He taught me how to use crossbows as well as the normal type of bow
personally I prefer regular bows to crossbows, easier to handle, easier to load and in my opinion, greater ability when it comes to shooting and handling, as with most things, this is just my opinion of course.
We bring us to my final piece of weapon enjoyment, I am a huge fan of and collector of blades, blades weapons are amongst some of my favorite forms of old time enjoyment. From sword fighting or fencing I have always enjoyed the idea of it all. I own several daggers and swords and am skilled in their use
I am quite skilled in throwing knives and hitting the target quite accurately
to date I have only tried on still and very slow moving targets.
Now, now that I have bored you with my enjoyment of history and use of weaponry, now to address his questions to which, now makes me question if he even read the pieces he cited or did he just look at the titles and make up his own mind as to what they meant.
As per his premise of most liberals, I am not ignorant enough to say that I know what most liberals want. I can only speak for me. I have never had any issue with people owning guns, in fact I think more people should learn the proper use for guns and that they are not toys. As a boy I was never given toy guns by my father [though did play with them from others outside
boys will be boys] he did this because he wanted to instill early on that guns are not toys. That if you point and shoot it will not be water, it will not be some Styrofoam bullet that it would be something that could possibly kill another individual.
So, to try and answer this man's question on what "most liberals want" I can say I am not, and I know of no one who is best equipped to know what "most" of a political group want, especially liberals which if you can say anything about us, we are not homogenous in our pursuits, nor so steadfast in ideas that have been shown not to work as our conservative counterparts are [yeah, yeah I had to say that pun].
I do not believe most liberals are naïve enough to think that if they only got rid of all guns the world would be a safe place. I believe in America, I, like many other liberals ask for sensible gun laws, not the outlawing of guns. I want background checks to make sure that there are no violent felons getting guns, especially anyone who has harmed a child. I, as many liberals I know, want to make sure that the people who wish to own guns are mentally stable.
I do not think these are liberal positions, just logical ones. I am a liberal, progressive, and democratic socialist and I know conservatives who would oppose the policies I want with respect to education, health care , yet even they have no real disagreement with my gun policy. I do not think any gun owner would have an issue with me saying violent felons should not own guns, nor should the mentally unstable.
Another question he asked is "do you own guns?" No I do not know, New York City is very strict when it comes to gun ownership. They do allow you to own guns to protect your own home, and to keep on your property so when I move I do plan to get the permit and get a firearm.
Ironically enough, in New York, some of the strictest gun laws were not passed by liberals; they were passed by our Republican Governors and mayors. Governor Pataki in 2000 passed a gun law that was said to be one of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Mayor Giuliani, also a Republican.." whose administration sued 26 gun manufacturers in June 2000, and whose police commissioner, Howard Safir, proposed a nationwide plan for gun licensing, complete with yearly "safety" inspections."
So this idea that it is liberals that wish to outlaw guns is laughable. We can look at Reagan and his signing of the Mulford Act which banned the carrying of firearms in California. We can look President George H. W. Bush who signed a law prohibiting the import of Assault Weapons, and saying Americans should only be allowed "weapons suitable for "sporting purposes."".
I am not one of those who believe if we get stricter gun laws that would decrease crime. I want sensible gun laws, I do not believe someone should be able to go into a shop and buy semiautomatic guns with no real explanation, or buy thousands of rounds
as stated I come from a military and hunting family and the truth is
if it takes you 10 shots to shoot a target of mass stature such as a human in a life or death situation, assuming they are not hiding behind something, then perhaps shooting is not for you.
As someone who advocates for gun safety and proper use, as well as shooting with accuracy to ensure that you hit your target, where you intended to hit your target and that no innocent bystanders are hit with your bullet
or weapon of choice.
So this idea that I want to ban guns is laughable. As I said above, I grew up in an area where illegal guns were quite a normal thing and it would be foolish of me to say if you make gun laws more and more, strict that people who do not even follow the law would adhere to these rules. So I am not one of those liberals that says BAN ALL GUNS
. Because I do not see the point that is making.
Though honestly, the issue for me is not guns, it is poverty and education, if you address these two key things I think it would go far with decrease the crime rate. As we know, the lower the average income of an area, and the more populated that it is, generally has both higher crime rates and not as good of an education system.
The Constitution of the United States guarantees to you the right to bear arms
You have the unquestioned right, under the law, to defend your life and protect the sanctity of your fireside. Failing in either, you are a coward and a craven and undeserving of the name of man.
-Eugene V. Debs
Oh noes, a socialist said you have the right to bear arms and that you should, how dare these evil leftists say you have a right to protect yourself with a gun.. evil leftist
Okay I will leave this open for now, he did ask another question about my experience with weapons but I think I answered that above
yes, this ended kind of abruptly and perhaps when I link him to this, if he has more questions I will add it onto this piece
or if someone else has any questions about it
I may add it to this piece as well.
///back to my liberal, progressive, democratic socialist-national conservatism cave..