Let's face it folks ... guns are an extension of many men's penis's.
Have ED? Get a gun. Grow some hair on your chest. Spit, smoke cigars and drive a fancy car. Abuse women. Hurl racial epithets. Drive 100 mph down the highway.
After all if you can't project one thing you can project another.
In many cases guns represent virility, manliness and the call of the wild.
I heard that call when I was young .... it is instinctive ... it is like the overwhelming sudden desire to defecate while walking in the woods alone on a chilly autumn day....
I quickly determined that shooting a cute chubby ground hog wasn't as satisfying as perhaps defending myself from an attacking carnivore would have been.
The climax and realization for me came thankfully when I was young and I was invited to go duck hunting with a group of older hunters.
We were walking along an old abandoned railroad embankment surrounded by swamps ...... perhaps I was swaggering as I took part in the usual man "hunter" banter.
Suddenly I spotted two very slow low flying large ducks raised my rifle and fired, while at the same time my fellow "hunters" were shouting in unison NO!
One of the birds fell from the sky into the swamp. I was puzzled. What had I done?
As I stood there I could feel the piercing stare of those around me. My sudden elation just as suddenly evaporated.
Someone then said quietly "those weren't ducks" ... it turns out they were some protected species ... likely a pair of cranes of some sort.
If I could have curled up inside an acorn and rolled away I would have.
I know I could hunt for food if necessary ... but thankfully that day has never come. If it ever does it will be the beginning of the end of humankind.
I have a neighbor who occasionally offers us game birds and who belongs to a hunting club. We take the birds gratefully and without any thoughts of gun control or violence. We live in a rural area of NJ adjoining Pennsylvania. Lately food is getting expensive.
Also deer are plentiful and I'm sure many families are thankful that hunting and then eating venison is also performing a service and avoiding over population. Hunting and foraging for food are complimentary in many communities across America..
The recent python scourge in Florida gives some an excuse to satisfy their craving for danger, excitement and the opportunity to kill something. Overpopulation of bears and other animals that supposedly represent a danger to humankind are used as an excuse to hunt as well.
It is however a slippery slope.
What causes animals other than humans to kill one another? or to kill other species?
Hunger ... and sometimes fear. Sex is often the cause for friction amongst animals.
Think about it. Should someone who is hungry be excused from killing? Should someone who is horny be excused as well.
What would happen if we truly needed guns to feed ourselves in order to stay alive?
Who would our prey be?
OR perhaps where's my gun? ... I want to get laid!