Originally Posted by lionessrampant
Guns are pure in purpose. They do one thing, and that one thing is shoot. I personally only know of two reasons people shoot: for sport (i.e. clay pigeons) and to harm/kill. To my knowledge, guns don't do a single other thing. Scissors, matches, kitchen knives, cars, hammers, keys, phones, cats, pens, pillows and every other thing you're going to try to list has a job and purpose that outweighs the risk most people take in owning it. Not only that, but the number of people who are killed by scissors relative to those who are around scissors at all, or own scissors, is a realllllyyyy small number. I'd wager a guess that car accident (either intentional or not) victims to car owners is still a pretty durn small number. Even knives I think. Everyone I know has knives. No one I know has been killed with knives. (Then, no one I know has a gun, but people I know have been killed with guns. So there you go.)
Actually, I did point out another reason a gun is used. Yes, it will be used to shoot...in the air...because we need to sometimes to scare animals. Believe me, if there is a couger or coyote (and we have both) coming around our place, I don't want to shoot it, but just shaking a can of pennies isn't going to cut it. A gun shot in the air, or even a blank being shot should scare it off. But I would not be trying to kill someone or something. Or, if I have a rabid wild animal in my yard...yes, I need to know how to shoot it to put it out of it's misery.
Basically, I see a gun as a deterrent, to protect damage from my property and my family. Should I let a rabid animal attack my dog, go inside and call animal control, and wait until they get out here, which at that point my dog will have already be bitten and would have to be put down, or should I shoot the rabid animal right then and there, protect my dog, and let them pick up the dead body for testing when they finally get here (if they ever do).
Basically, I really feel it is the person that does the damage, not the object. But, this is a discussion about who enjoys shooting, not about gun laws. From what I've read so far, most people here enjoy guns for target shooting, which is the same as throwing darts in my mind.