Contrary to what the mainstream media would have you believe, owning a gun doesn’t make you a right-wing backwoods zealot. All owning a gun signifies, is that you’re exercising your very American right to own weapons as a means of self defense and recreation.

A lot of good reasons exist to become a gun owner, and this list shows you why today is just as good a day as any to become a gun owner!

 

 


 

 

1. Concealed Carry for Self Defense


The best reason to own a gun is simple - if an event ever arises in which you need to be prepared to defend yourself, you’ll have a weapon to protect your life, and your family. A lot of people think that gun owners are eager to use their weapons; on the contrary, the best thing that could ever happen would be to never have to use a gun in any situation. Being prepared, though, is a valuable thing, and having means of self-defense can provide great peace of mind.

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

2. Teach Children Gun Responsibility

 

When you as a parent bring a gun into the home, you not only take on more responsibility, but you also create an opportunity to teach kids firearm safety and how to properly respect and handle guns. Learning to not be afraid of guns, but to respect and properly handle them, will be invaluable for kids as they grow up. It might even start a desire for them to own guns as well.

 

 


 

 

 

 

3. Shooting For Recreation

 

While having guns for self-defense is the primary reason they’re bought, recreation with firearms is also a huge reason to buy a new gun. Numerous studies have been done on the effect shooting guns has on the brain, and it’s widely believed, that the release of dopamine in the brain when shooting is what makes guns so addictive. Dopamine is the chemical associated with risk and excitement, and shooting guns certainly qualifies as taking an exciting risk. Shooting guns will make you feel more alive, excited, and it can also be a very refreshing and stress-relieving exercise.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

4. Learning Something New About Guns


Learning a new skill is always fun, and guns certainly qualify as learning something new. Between powder loads, grain sizes, calibers, and the seemingly infinite selection of different handguns, there is a lot to be learned when it comes to the world of guns. Taking the time to research, review, and learn about the new gun you want to buy can be a blast. Did you know that not all 1911 are created equal: In depth look at 1911 pistols

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

5. Gun Owners Stop Burglars


Most of us are lucky to live in neighborhoods where we feel relatively safe at night. Maybe we don’t even lock our doors. But the harsh reality is that the world is a dangerous place, and there are plenty of people who would like to break into your home, take everything, and walk away.Take a look at how concealed carry saved lives.

 

 

According to the CDC Americans used guns about 498,000 times to scare burglars away from homes in 2013.

If you could have a chance to scare the intruder away, wouldn’t you feel safer at night?

Gun ownership is a big responsibility, but it can be very rewarding and provide great peace of mind. If you decide to buy a gun, please take all safety courses you can, practice responsible storage and use of your firearm, and never, ever point a gun at someone unless you fully intend to use it.

 


 

 

 

About The Author

 

Spencer is a sports journalist and outdoors nut. He's written for the Utah Jazz and NBA.com when he's not out hunting elk with a .338 Marlin Express, or catching trout in high mountain lakes. Follow him on Twitter, @Spencer_Durrant


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