Personal gun ownership is more of a big deal in the US than here in Canada. Discussions concerning guns in Canada usually only come up in two areas: Hunters and Gang Violence. Besides hunters, I personally have never known anyone who has a gun for personal safety in the home.
But in the news, you always here about the family who wanted a gun for home protection. Yet they don't take lessons or secure the weapon properly or teach their kids about it. Eventually, their kids end up finding it and harming or killing themselves or someone else. The ignorance and lack of education is alarming.
I grew up around guns since my dad was a hunter. When I was young, my favourite gift was a BB gun! Most girls wanted dolls for Christmas, I wanted ammunition!
I was a tomboy. Rob used to be a rifle instructor and his family also goes hunting every year. So we are both well acquainted with guns.
I would have no problem having a gun in the house, but I don't have an urgent need to run out and buy one. I would like to join a shooting club and take some classes on proper shooting techniques. I just haven't had the time or money. Once I get more practise, I would not have any fear of using a weapon for personal safety.
Recently in Canada, the government spent an obscene amount of money trying to make manditory registration for all older unregistered weapons. If you didn't register your gun, you could hand them in to a police station to dispose of it. This program was supposed to eliminate many older guns and prevent criminals from stealing guns from your home/cottage during home invasions.
It was a joke and didn't do anything for safety purposes. Can you see a drug dealer going to a government office to register his gun collection?
All it did was make honest Canadians mad at the system and the government look stupid by wasting taxpayers money.