By Charlene Little I live in a rural area and I am a gun owner. This picture -- which shows my hunting bow with arrows, a muzzle loader, a bolt-action rifle, another muzzle loader, a .22 caliber pump-action rifle, two more rifles, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 20-gauge shotgun -- does not contain all of my guns. Handguns and higher-power guns are stored in another location in the house. All my guns are unloaded and ammo is stored is stored in a separate location. Many times, I am faced with the question of why I own guns. Well, the answer to this is simple: I am a hunter, and I have children to protect. Many feel that people in rural areas overreact about crime. After all, everyone one rural areas are friends, right? Wrong. Rural areas have just as much crime as larger cities, and most of it is not reported because of a lower police presence. In larger cities, when someone breaks into your house, you can call the police and they respond within five to seven minutes. In rural areas, you are looking at a response time of 20 to 30 minutes. Without a gun, and the nerve to pull the trigger, you are a sitting duck and the perfect target for someone to harm, or kill you. The gun control debate is something that has been touched on countless times. I reserve the right to keep my guns, and I will fight for my right. I do not, however, believe that high-capacity magazines should be allowed. There is no legal purpose for a high-powered rifle, or a high-capacity clip. However, handguns, shotguns, and rifles, if used properly, pose no threat to the American public.