Like most responsible, ordinary citizens I have a collection of firearms; what a modern propagandist would call an arsenal. And it’s not just a couple of those tiny little sporting rifles that gun grabbers call “weapons of war,” but additionally some large-bore beasts that would really frighten the pearl-clutchers if they knew such things existed as a matter of course in millions of American homes.
Despite what those in the domestic totalitarian culture believe, we ordinary citizens don’t fill a gun safe in preparation for some mischief. A firearm collection is an ordinary component of ordinary American culture. We have them because we can, because we hunt …and because it is fundamental responsibility to provide for your own security and safety. Responsible preparation is a thing.™
I don’t buy guns in order to amass a larger and larger arsenal. Every one of my guns has a specific purpose that is different from the others in my collection. I have pistols that are specifically for everyday concealed carry, guns that are specifically for home defense that are properly staged for that purpose, a purposely configured-and-sized gun for use as my truck gun, rifles for 0 to 400 yards, one for 400 to 1200 yards, and one for longer-range shooting fun capable disabling a large vehicle at 1000 to 2500 yards. Moreover, several of these double as tools for taking small, medium, or large game.
A gun collection is not extraordinary or sinister or cause for suspicion, and it’s not an arsenal. It’s just ordinary. Like many Americans, I have guns in part because I am an enthusiast; I admire the craftsmanship and design and, for some, the fantastic function. But I also have them because I can and because no one else has any say in the matter.