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    This is the story of my personal journey into overcoming my fear of guns.

    I was not raised around guns. My Dad was not a hunter and did not have any guns in our house. A few of my Uncles owned hunting rifles and I can remember them talking about 30aught6, when I was young but had no idea what it meant. Of course, now I know they were referring to 30.06 caliber ammunition. :-)

    When my husband was growing up, there were rifles in the household. He, his Dad and two brothers went deer hunting and rabbit hunting. So DH was comfortable around firearms. But, I wasn't.

    My husband and I raised two sons. We never had any firearms in our house and never discussed the issue...until Election Day, November, 2008. Believe it or not, it was me who said to DH, "We'd better think about arming ourselves, while we still can!" With quite a surprised look on his face, Hubby agreed.

    So, our quest for firearms began. As much as I would love to document our "acquisition journey", I choose not to go there, because Big Brother is watching! What I do want to tell you is that, even though my husband and I decided that this was the right choice, and I had purchased my first handgun, I was extremely uncomfortable at the first two gun shows that we attended. Why? Because there were people in those buildings openly carrying guns. There were dozens of tables on which handguns and rifles were displayed...and there were hundreds of people "handling those guns". Of course, the guns were unloaded, but I was still caught in that mindset that "Guns kill people". Thankfully, after a few trips to the firing range, that "fear" was replaced by the knowledge that "Guns save lives" and a new feeling of pride that, by exercising my RKBA,I was now empowered to defend myself against the evil in the world around me.

    Whenever there is a gun show within driving distance, my husband and I go...have a wonderful time...and have made it a tradition to end a "gun show day" with dinner at a favorite restaurant!

    As further proof as to how far I've come in my personal journey into gunownership, last winter my husband and I BOTH took classes for, applied for and received our CC permits. I've come a long way in 18 months.

    I guess I'm sharing all of this to say that I understand fear of guns. It is a fear of the unknown. It is a fear harbored by those uneducated about the importance of the 2A and their RKBA. It's a fear of firearms perpetrated by the media. Once a person puts away those baseless fears and becomes an experienced and responsible gunowner, they can, at last, enjoy the feeling of empowerment at being able to defend themselves and their loved ones. They also learn how exhilerating it is to exercise ALL of their God-given rights!
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    Gun people are good people. You can converse on most any topic and disagree as long as your discourse accepts the validity of the Bill of Rights and the necessity to maintain the 2nd Amendment.

    Try and think of another group of people you'd go out into the wilderness with - far from 'civilization' - and hand them your loaded firearm so they could try it out! That's a little act I'd never try on the streets of D.C. ... or Oakland ... or Baltimore ... or (you get the idea)

    You've joined a new community and you'll find yourself welcome wherever you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NDS View Post
    Gun people are good people. You can converse on most any topic and disagree as long as your discourse accepts the validity of the Bill of Rights and the necessity to maintain the 2nd Amendment.

    Try and think of another group of people you'd go out into the wilderness with - far from 'civilization' - and hand them your loaded firearm so they could try it out! That's a little act I'd never try on the streets of D.C. ... or Oakland ... or Baltimore ... or (you get the idea)

    You've joined a new community and you'll find yourself welcome wherever you go.
    You are right about the high caliber (no pun intended ) of "gun people". It seems to be a separate society of its own. Great folks... easy to talk with... patriots... conservative... polite... friendly... the kind of folks that make you proud to be an American. It's a very special "community" indeed, NDS.
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    Well even though you were not that fond of guns early at least you came over from the "dark" side and saw the "light". Have you ever read any books or the story about Paxton Quigley and her journey from anti gun to pro gun? She has a web site.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    CW and M you hit the nail on the head with "uneducated"... uneducation is the key to keep people in the dark.. I too used to think that guns kill people/cause crime and so on... then when I was about 20 or so I started thinking a bit differently and decided to educate myself on the matter. what I found was the total opposite of what the media tells us about guns. I could lay a gun on the sidewalk and it would never hurt anything/anyone. it's not the gun it's who's behind the trigger.

    furthermore, having a gun in my hand never turned me magically into some crazed maniac that goes on a rampage of destruction. I am very glad that people like us have seen the light. and I for one take any opportunity that I can to teach people about guns and how safe and useful they are when used right. we better use our rights, or they won't be there for long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    Well even though you were not that fond of guns early at least you came over from the "dark" side and saw the "light". Have you ever read any books or the story about Paxton Quigley and her journey from anti gun to pro gun? She has a web site.
    Yep...I no longer tremble in fear on the "dark" side! I'd never heard of Paxton Quigley, until now! I checked out her website and bookmarked it. Thanks to my Forum Buddies , I keep stepping futher and further into the "light".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow View Post
    CW and M you hit the nail on the head with "uneducated"... uneducation is the key to keep people in the dark.. I too used to think that guns kill people/cause crime and so on... then when I was about 20 or so I started thinking a bit differently and decided to educate myself on the matter. what I found was the total opposite of what the media tells us about guns. I could lay a gun on the sidewalk and it would never hurt anything/anyone. it's not the gun it's who's behind the trigger.

    furthermore, having a gun in my hand never turned me magically into some crazed maniac that goes on a rampage of destruction. I am very glad that people like us have seen the light. and I for one take any opportunity that I can to teach people about guns and how safe and useful they are when used right. we better use our rights, or they won't be there for long.
    CWM and Scarecrow, I'm glad you saw the light and realized Guns aren't inherently evil.I check this site every couple of days to cheer myself up, and this gun has never caused harm to anyone: Assault Weapons

    CWM, that "higher caliber" group of people you mentioned are called CITIZENS, as compared to the other group who are called SUBJECTS.

    Thank you both for sharing some of your personal stories with us.

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    Great story CW&M, over came fear with education. Another tool in Life's journey to aide and assist. Ya think a lot of people out there fear God for the same reason, not being educated?

    "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." --author and philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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    Nice way to explain things CW&M...Since you started this I'll follow along.

    My father handed down his old recurve bow to me and it was archery in the beginning for me. Dad did not own guns, but never had any fear of them. He spent 3 years in the Army and was honorably discharged just before they began sending troops to Vietnam, late in 63. He was a good shot with the M1 and carried the BAR during training because he was big enough to carry it and could fire it well (these were his words). We had friends growing up that had guns so the opportunity was there. We spent hours on the range at Boy Scout camp shooting the .22s and Dad never let me out shoot him. When I turned 16 I bought my first BB gun and serious air-gun. At 18 my friend Steven and I went and bought Browning shotguns. We spent almost every Saturday AM at the skeet range. Later that year I bought a Ruger 10-22, and after that it was a Winchester model 94, 30-30... I sold all of those rifles off and often feel heavy regret for doing so.

    My mother was OK with the rifles in the house, but it was made very clear that there would be no handguns in her home. I honored that request and never questioned why. I sold the rifles for money to buy books and tools for trade school. Met my wife while attending academic classes for my degree. Got married and moved into an an apartment. Her older brother had broken off an engagement with a long time girlfriend so he came to live with us for a while and then decided to move to FL. He had a Smith and Wesson model 65 .357 Mag revolver that he decided not to take along. He gave it to me for being cool about letting him stay for 4 years. He never was a bother for the time he was there. So that was the first handgun I owned. I had many friends in law enforcement in town so I was able to shoot often at the police range. I would go along with the police Lt. His nephew, and my friend Sean to the GSSF shoots, back when Glock was welcome here in MA. 1996-1998 time frame..

    I had a hunting and target license here for a while and then just as CW&M described, I saw the looming election of Obama as a possible threat to my rights and decided to get my LTC and collect some firearms. I have been talking to many people here in MA and asking the like minded folks to apply for their licenses and to vote for pro-gun legislation and politicians to help support the cause. 6 people in the past 6 months have followed through and gotten their Class A licenses. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms has always been important to me and that passion to support the right will be passed down to my children.

    Fear is the friend of ignorance. Education dispels the ignorance and the fear. I enjoy trips to visit my local dealer who has become a friend as well just to be around gun people. I told my wife this a few weeks back. I feel safer in a room full of legally armed gun loving folks then I do on the roads here...

    Peace...
    You can give peace a chance alright..

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    Great story CWM! thanks for posting! Very similar story to my wife's situation, except that I have always had lots of guns since before we were married.

    Thanks for sharing, hopefully others will read it and use to help educate people

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