Friday, June 22, 2007

I feel like I haven't written in forever! Guess the most exciting thing that's happened recently is that Mike got an M-1A SOCOM 16 for Father's Day. He's wanted one his whole life and he really deserved it. We had several guns when we first got married, but he had to "sacrifice" them so we could pay our bills while he was in college. It was hard for him, but it was all we had that we could sell. So, I'd say this pretty much darn well makes up for it! (The thing was a pretty penny!)

I'm amazed at how my views on guns have changed since I met Mike. I grew up afraid of guns, I had never seen one in real life and I always associated them with "bad guys" in movies and crazed hunters and such. So, when we were first dating and he wanted to take me shooting in the foothills I was absolutely terrified. I was pretty sure that one of the guns would shoot me in the car while we were driving because we'd hit a bump or something. But after the first time I shot one I was hooked! It's now one of my favorite past times. (I particularly like shooting fruits and vegetables, stuffed Barney and scary clown toys!) I have learned to respect guns and see how they can be used to protect people and families.

There are around 60,000 reported and an estimated 1.5 million unreported cases per year of people who stopped crime through the use of firearms. That's a lot! I wish the anti-gun lobbyists would state that in all their "Guns are bad!" statistics. I'm not against them not letting psychos have guns, I think the background check is a wonderful idea, but it's not fair to take them away from the rest of us NOT crazy people. In Mexico there is a law that prohibits people from having guns. But do you think that stops the "bad guys" from getting them? HECK NO! It just makes it so the bad guys who don't follow the rules have guns and the good law abiding people have no way to protect themselves from the bad guys. I don't understand why they would want to do that here. (I get so fired up about gun control. )

One of our friends in Golden had someone try to break into their house in the middle of the night. He told his wife and kids to hide and he went and called the police. Luckily, he had an old collector's revolver (no bullets, though-but the robber didn't know!) and when the man who was breaking into the back door came in and saw the gun in our friend's hand he turned around and got the heck out of there! And guess what, the police never showed up. Now, what might have happened to him and his family if he didn't have that gun? I sure don't want to know. And it also goes to show that you can't count on police or anyone else for that matter to save your butt.

Hmmm. Well, I sure wasn't expecting my blog to turn into this! LOL. Anyway, it was a great Father's Day present, and I'm looking forward to making some big purple and green stuffed dinosaurs bite the dust. Bye-bye, Barney!

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Jess said...

I have to agree that guns can be good. But i think that to get a concealed weapon permit in Idaho is a joke. It is way to easy. One of our friends used to carry hers in the diaper bag and she isn't one of those people that should have a concealed permit. She would shoot first and decide if she knew you later. Anyway, i hope you have fun shooting purple dinosaurs, shoot one for me!

Nicholas said...

Shooting Barney? Now that is a good idea! I think it's time I got a new addition to the collection, too. Di probably wont go for that as I got one a few months ago.

Try golf balls and a .22 for some kicks. You can get the golf balls to jump 20-30 feet in the air if you hit them right. Good times!

natsprat said...

Wow. I don't know about carrying a gun in my diaper bag! Carrying pistols are illegal here anyway!(So is carrying a stick, no joke!)

Golf Balls and .22??? Hahahahaha! That sounds like a blast! I'm sold. Shooting water balloons full of pudding or jell-o is fun, too. And messy. (I think that's what makes it fun...)

Tyler said...

No hand guns??? Crazy.

I think that all law abiding and ABLE citizens should own a to Jess for me would you Nat...That will make all the NON-law abiding people have to make the judgment as to who is packing and who isn't, they would be less likely to try anything if they thought we had a gun. OK so there's my Libertarian views coming out.

natsprat said...

Hahahaha. Okay, I'll see what I can do, Tyler! I looked into getting a concealed weapon permit, but it's pretty expensive and besides that, you can't take it anywhere you may need it! It's not allowed in stores (or our ghetto mall) and all of the robberies here are seeming to be in the parking lots! No public parks or National Forrest type places, soooo, pretty much I'd pay about $400 to keep it in my car and pray that if I get mugged, I'll be in my car. Personally ( I can agree with your views, Ty!) I think that a girl should know how to use a gun (safely!) and be comfortable with one so if she needs to protect her family or self she'll know how to do it.