Gun owners write about t

Gun owners write about their guns
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By Ben Baker Regulating guns will not make America safer nor will it stop a majority of people from acquiring a gun on an illegal basis. It is a citizen's duty to help protect his community. The only person that can stop a bad guy is a good guy with a gun, and the good guy with the gun has to stop them fast. The Mossberg 308 [he preferred sporting rifle] is a cheaper, but reliable, rifle -- in comparison to Remington Rifles, which are considered to be the best on the market. Guns have been a part of my life since I could walk, literally. My grandfather took me to a dove hunt when I was still in diapers. I had a cork gun and shot at butterflies. Since then I have carried guns in states across the nation. I live in the rural South where guns as much a part of life as Sunday church, fried chicken and football. I have guns as collector's items, target shooting, hunting and home defense. Most of the my firearms serve double or triple duty in defense, plinking targets and putting meat on the table. Three are collector's items only as they are no longer safe to shoot. My collection also houses a few military firearms. These rifles were actually used in a war and were later sold as military surplus. The military guns include a privately-owned single-shot .22 rifle that went to Korea with an Army infantryman and was shipped back with the owner's body. This rifle was never intended for military use, but rules at the time allowed men to take their own gun with them. The purpose of the Second Amendment, as can be read in the writings of those who wrote the Constitution, is for defense. There is nothing in the Second Amendment, nor in the supporting writings, that states firearms were meant exclusively for hunting. In this photo, I'm on the left with a .50 BMG. My daughter, Susan, is holding a .177 pellet rifle. My brother, Shag, is holding a .308 sniper version rifle. Unseen is a 1911 Colt .45 in my tuxedo pocket. This picture has been referred to as Men In Black Taking Their Daughters To Work. The cheap sunglasses are a tribute to ZZ Top's hit "Smart Dressed Man."
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