Weapon Madness

Weapon MadnessSo you want to buy a gun? The question is why do you think you need a gun? If you are a member of a shooting club, it’s perfectly understandable. If you are an amateur hunter, well, it’s not that acceptable anymore to go into the wild and shoot animals. Somebody is sure to take a picture of you and post it on Instagram or Facebook and before you know it, you have an email box full of hate mail. Having said that, it’s one of those ‘man things’ that he must hunt. Buying a gun should not be a ‘snap’ decision, but one that you consider carefully.

I wonder if the cost of insurance is higher for a gun-owner? It might be an idea to take out insurances on all the members of your family. There’re some tragic stories, mainly from the USA, about shooting accidents. In that country, it’s as easy as shopping at a supermarket to buy a gun. It seems the only apparent law there is that you MUST own a gun!

Let’s go back to that insurance statement. If that is a question on an insurance form, you would have to assume that question 21 is “Do you own a gun?” Then question 22 should be “Do you have a gun safe?” if you think it’s a good idea to purchase a weapon, then you should think it’s a better idea to have a safe place to store it. I have a couple of friends who are members of shooting clubs. They just go to the range every fortnight and kill a few targets. They have asked me a few times to join, but it’s just not my thing.

One of the guys is a classified sharpshooter while the other just likes the feeling of shooting a gun. They both have a rifle and a handgun. Both of them store their guns in a gun safe. The weapons they have are expensive. When you add the cost of bullets, shooting is not a low-cost sport, is it?

If they might need the gun in an emergency, a gun safe is not a very easy piece of equipment o access in a hurry. Maybe that’s the reason people get shot a lot in countries that allow unchecked gun possession. Here’s the problem. A burglar or a home invader, whoever, gets into your home. You want to stop that person. Do you think he will wait for you to dash out and unlock your gun safe? Hardly likely.

People say that they buy the gun for their protection and that of their families, but a responsible gun owner will have the weapons safely stored. It’s a bit of a conundrum, isn’t it? By the way, both my friends have a special insurance policy that covers them and any accidental shooting while they are transporting their guns and using them on the range. Did you know you can get an insurance policy for almost anything you like, so long as you can find an insurer.