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billyboy75

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NRA. Anybody here a member?
« on: March 05, 2020, 07:56:46 PM »
I am not, and never considered being one.  But I see no harm that it does.  The effort to demonize it always makes me wonder,  why? 

I have too many guns, dont even know how to use them without getting them out and teaching myself how to.  Got at least 15 maybe more, I dont count.  Partly investment, partly precaution, partly in reaction to Obama threats to ban them.  30 years ago, I owned none, until I got two death threats.  Then a 9mm sig sauer, then a rifle.  Then, after Obama was elected, at least a dozen more.


How bout you guys?  Bet most of you owns guns, but do you belong to NRA?
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2020, 08:05:31 PM »
I am not, and never considered being one.  But I see no harm that it does.  The effort to demonize it always makes me wonder why? 

I got too many guns, dont even know how to use them without getting them out and teaching myself how to.  Got at least 15 maybe more, I dont count.  Partly investment, partly precaution, partly in reaction to Obama threats to ban them.

How bout you guys?  Bet most of you owns guns, but do you belong to NRA?
I was once a member but I’m not at the moment. I should probably consider joining again since the Lunatics in certain states are trying to limit gun rights and outright ban some.

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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2020, 08:31:43 PM »
I am a member.  I want someone representing my views of property rights. Plus I like the magazine and other things.

I own two shotguns. A 20 and a 12 gauge. I have a 10/22, a .270 and a 9 mm.  The only thing I want is an AR 15. But I am not going to pay 1,000 for one.  I will pay 700 to 800.  I just need to check now that Obama is gone if the prices have went down.  


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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2020, 08:42:51 PM »

I have too many guns, dont even know how to use them without getting them out and teaching myself how to.  Got at least 15 maybe more, I dont count.  Partly investment, partly precaution, partly in reaction to Obama threats to ban them.  30 years ago, I owned none, until I got two death threats.  Then a 9mm sig sauer, then a rifle.  Then, after Obama was elected, at least a dozen.


What is the point of owning SO MANY GUNS?!?!

Nevermind - in your defense you’re completely honest about it: Pure Paranoia!

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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2020, 08:57:05 PM »
investment is not paranoia.

I own a Colt AR 15 and it the most amazing weapon I own.   A real rush to fire it.

I own I henry brass lever action 40 cal.  Most beautiful weapon.  I have a few pistols, and a few semi automatics.  A few shotguns, some decorative, some basic.  I am happy to own them.

I met a guy a few years ago who had over 20 thompson machine guns.  Each valued at $50,000 or more.  And a few hundred others hard to find guns.  His collection is worth many millions of dollars.  Best investment he ever made.

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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2020, 09:13:39 PM »
I am not, and never considered being one.  But I see no harm that it does.  The effort to demonize it always makes me wonder,  why? 

I have too many guns, dont even know how to use them without getting them out and teaching myself how to.  Got at least 15 maybe more, I dont count.  Partly investment, partly precaution, partly in reaction to Obama threats to ban them.  30 years ago, I owned none, until I got two death threats.  Then a 9mm sig sauer, then a rifle.  Then, after Obama was elected, at least a dozen more.


How bout you guys?  Bet most of you owns guns, but do you belong to NRA?
Yes my wife and I are both lifetime members.
President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2020, 09:29:27 PM »
a good buddy and team mate had a hummer roll over while he was in the turret.. snapped his back and he's been in a chair since.. he was from Bethesda MD... he got a job with the NRA and retired maybe five years ago making it up the chain a good way.  he is a helluva guy and there isn't a lot i (or we; rest of team) wouldn't do for him.  So when he was in a competition for securing more life members with a guy in his office- most of us who weren't members became members.  i can't tell you the last time i've received anything from them (never notified them of address change), but i am a lifetime member. 

the reason the left despises the NRA is simple- not complicated in the least.  it has nothing to do with guns, in my opinion.  it's instead another practice that they have and that is incredibly effective AND members 'trust' them... they send out a mailing to every member and based on that members geographic location and describing people running in whatever election- it started out 'their position on gun control' but has evolved into a straight up no BS synopsis of a candidate's career or position on defining positions.... that mailing, and it may even be an email now for all i know, has more influence than likely any other organization including news media... 

hence- it's a spotlight on the left in particular, but for all the 'established' and any of them doing something 'in the dark'.    

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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2020, 09:30:02 PM »
investment is not paranoia.


I own a Colt Gold Cup. Have roughly $300 in it   Want guess what it'ss bring?

Built my own 300 Blackout.   With a little help. Most likely have under $600 in it.

In fairness I have 1 gun that will not bring what I paid.

Paranoid?  Nah reality. They had a carjacking at 9:00 pm in front of my business and shots were fired.   And that's in the best part of Memphis

  

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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2020, 09:42:00 PM »

What is the point of owning SO MANY GUNS?!?!

Nevermind - in your defense you’re completely honest about it: Pure Paranoia!
strangely enough, i agree... but not with the paranoia part. 

i own three handguns.  one fits in my pocket and that is where you'll find it 99% of the time.  one is for circumstances i know are bad and i want the firepower and reserve.  it lives most often in a hidden compartment i designed for it in a nightstand.  the other is a colt army replica in highly ornate stainless steel with rosewood grips, and chambered in 45LC.  it is a thing of beauty. 

i own a very functional shotgun.... a very functional AR15.... and a very functional precision rifle.  

the thing i learned while relying on firearms to see the morning was- KNOW THE ONE YOU HAVE, and you can't do that when you're familiar with too many... knowing one not only improves your performance with it, it means you realize when it needs cleaning before you start encountering stoppages based simply on feel.  same with breakage of semi-consumable parts... same with magazine followers and springs... same with tiny idiosyncrasies with trajectory for that specific weapon... KNOWING one for each purpose, in my humble opinion, is far better than having an armory. 

that said...................... i'm an ammo whore.  heheheheheeee!!!

paranoia?  sure... people throw that around as an insult or as if the paranoid are mentally ill... guess what? someone less paranoid is not going to live as long as i am.  look down your nose if you wish.   

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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2020, 10:40:11 PM »
I am. 

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« Reply #10 on: March 06, 2020, 06:20:18 AM »
There are alternatives

USCCA    Gun Owners of America.

NRA had a bad leadership issue temorarily but think that's been worked out

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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2020, 07:19:55 AM »

What is the point of owning SO MANY GUNS?!?!

Nevermind - in your defense you’re completely honest about it: Pure Paranoia!

I knew folks who were collectors.  I had a boss who owned every handgun caliber in stainless available in the US.  He didn't shoot them often, or if he did, he would take his .50 for some "fun" (expensive) and his 9 mm for real target practice.  My CCL instructor had 50 or so firearms, many were antiques or close to it.  He had a piece where he laid out all his revolvers from each "era" on his pool table and discussed the advances made in each class up to 1934 I think, when he said the tech went into semi for the most part.

Humans seem to like collecting things.  For some it's guns.  Both these two guys above were very normal folks.

And of course any time someone like Beto makes his comments, folks get antsy and figure they better buy up something now instead of waiting.

It would be "normal" I think for a husband/wife to own say 10 guns or so.  Four could be shotguns for birds or skeet.  They could have four handguns for PP and target shooting perhaps, and maybe two rifles for deer etc.  And of course each couple can determine for themselves what else they WANT, or feel they need.  Fine with me, these folks are very unlikely to commit gun crimes.

There are some paranoid types out there, but I think they are relatively few in number.

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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2020, 07:33:05 AM »

What is the point of owning SO MANY GUNS?!?!

Nevermind - in your defense you’re completely honest about it: Pure Paranoia!

1) because I can - it's my right and is basically nobody's business.  
2) I happen to like guns.  
3) I will never ever be a victim.   

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« Reply #13 on: March 06, 2020, 08:58:47 AM »
1) because I can - it's my right and is basically nobody's business. 

In other words - I don't want to think about it too hard.

2) I happen to like guns. 

There's no explanatory depth to that statement at all.  Don't get me wrong, I support you owning your guns, but it would be interesting to see you truly confess the roots of this undeniable fetish.  How much of it started as the need to conform to the rightwing archetype (guns, God, Fox News, pick-up truck (or SUV in some suburbs), etc.)?  Who wants to be the "man" standing around after church on Sunday that can't participate in the gun conversation, right?  How much of it is the loss of natural physical virility as you age?  How much of it is a genuine assessment of risk and a rational fear of violence or crime within your community (you guys like to pretend it's 100%, but does anyone really believe that?)?  

3) I will never ever be a victim. 

If owning guns makes you happy, then by all means do it - saying you'll never be a victim is likely to be true.  You've spent a lot of money on your fetish, which is perfectly fine and as you said, "basically nobody's business."  The odds of you ever "needing" any of your guns are extremely remote, so you shouldn't sweep your reasoning under a rug by pretending it's logical or pragmatic.  Tell the truth about it - it might actually be interesting.  

 

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