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I like guns for the same reasons I like mechanical watches:

  • They don’t require batteries or cables
  • Their function is simple and fairly easy (most of the time) to troubleshoot
  • They require very little maintenance in order to keep running
  • They can be passed down from generation to generation and still function perfectly
  • They don’t require upgrades or the payment of a monthly fee in order to stay functional
  • You don’t need to buy a new model every year because the one you own is now obsolete
  • They have a certain peacefulness to them

Why do you guys like guns?  Let me know in the comments!

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Sandy Banks from the L.A. Times is gearing up for column this Saturday on America’s fascination with guns.

This initial article, Do you love your gun? Tell me why has a bit of a negative feel to it considering it is mainly about the recent NBA incident.  Though there is a positive and optimistic feel to it:

I discovered that I’m a pretty good shot. That there is something thrilling about holding a gun. And that firing real bullets is nothing like playing Halo.

I don’t think guns are evil, but I’m trying to figure out the fascination with them for Saturday’s column. I’d like to hear from gun owners. Why do you love your guns?

I respect Ms. Banks for giving shooting a try and keeping an open mind.  I am optimistic that the article on Saturday will not make us look like a bunch of right wing extremists.  I believe she will find that people love their guns because they are a means for self defense, and because shooting is a fun hobby where you can enjoy the outdoors and time with friends and family.

We will see, come Saturday.  Don’t let us down Sandy.

Picture source – Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes

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