Hoo, boy, but that's a loaded one, ain't it? (pun kinda sorta intended).Why do you own guns?
I own guns for many reasons. First and foremost, I think they're neat. When you get right down to it, firearms are a very simple but elegant machine. All parts work together, a symphony of wood and steel (or plastic), all to send a defined projectile on a determined path at a certain velocity. Add in the historical factor and the "cool" factor increases - you can own a piece of history for under a grand in the case of the M1 Garand or the 1911. A firearm that may have seen action in WWI, WWII, or Korea could find its way into your safe for less than a big screen TV - and it will last several lifetimes longer.
Secondly, there's the personal protection aspect. Quite simply, a firearm is the best tool currently on the market for protecting one's self and loved ones. If/when they perfect the Star Trek phaser that allows you to stun an attacker unconscious with zero ill effects, I will stop carrying a firearm for self-defense. Until then, though, hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side. The cold reality is that there are evil people what share this planet with us, and I prefer to have the best tools possible at my disposal should they seek me or mine.
Lastly, I enjoy shooting, plain and simple. Taking off for a couple hours to go burn through half a box of bulk .22LR with my 10/22 and a steel plate is therapy for me - it's hard to be stressed out when you're grinning from ear to ear. Ditto being worried when blasting away with a .357 Magnum - it ain't happening. There's a zen feeling when settling in on the rifle bench with a target some 100+ yards distant, a box of custom ammo, and a spotting scope - taking your time, making each shot count, well, there's an immediate gratification for a job well done, and something to learn from each miss.
Oh, certainly, there's dozens of other reasons. Some firearms are good investments - just ask anyone that bought a Mosin Nagant M44 for $70 five years ago, for instance - over time they're almost certain to appreciate. I've been known to pick up a gun simply because someone, somewhere thinks I shouldn't be allowed to own it. Still others are novelties, like the NAA mini-22LR revolver. I have yet to take that to the range where a whole slew of folks didn't wander over and ask it was real.
Then there's the citizen angle - as in, a person without arms is a subject, someone with arms is a citizen. The real reason for the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting - as Weerd likes to say, George Washington didn't cross the Delaware to get to his duck blind - but rather as a safeguard against an overzealous and overreaching governing body. It's difficult for the government to declare a police state when most of her citizens are armed and capable of fighting back. Keeping and bearing arms exercises our constitutionally enumerated right - and a right that goes unused starts to atrophy just like a muscle after extended periods of lethargy.
Really, though, I own guns for one simple reason:
So why do you like guns?
That is all.