Housekeeping note: I’m finishing up this Silicon Valley project on this coming Friday. Mrs. Animal and I are taking the scenic route home to Colorado, so I’ll put up some gratuitous totty posts Monday through Wednesday of next week. Expect travel reports on Thursday, probably with photos.
Moving on: How Many Guns Are Too Many? Several answers are possible. Excerpt:
Guns are not “basically all the same,” and now that I am an instructor, a competitive shooter and a vocal 2nd Amendment supporter, my views on firearms — and the amounts that one should or should not have — are much different than they used to be. It seems that Americans’ views may have changed a bit, as well. A 2017 Harvard/Northwestern University joint study estimated that our country’s 319 million citizens currently own about 265 million guns. And while in 1994, the “typical gun-owning household” owned 4.2 guns, in 2015, The Washington Post revealed that this average number of firearms owned has nearly doubled to 8.1 guns per household. And that trend has only gone up since! (On a side note: How many of you are now thinking: “I guess I am not a typical gun-owning household!”?)
From 1911s and guns just for show to shotguns and ARs and guns on the go, there are so many different firearms out there … and just as many different reasons to have them. So when a friend recently posed the question: “How many firearms is considered ‘too many?,’” it reminded me of how far I’ve come. And it got me thinking about possible answers to this intriguing topic.
I’ve been asked this question a number of times. As with many things, the manner in which the question is asked affects the answer.
Some people are genuinely curious, and my answer then is “I do not accept the premise that there is such a thing as too many guns. If you ask how many I want to own, the answer is ‘all the ones I have now, the ones I still want, and maybe a few more.'”
Some people are fellow gun aficionados, and are more likely to ask how many more I want, likewise knowing as I do that there is no such thing as too many. To them my answer may be fairly detailed, going into such things as how I have 12 and 16 gauge examples of both the pre-64 Winchester Model 12 and the Browning Auto-5 but still need 20-gauge examples of each.
Some people ask in an aggressive and petulant demand for justification of my hobby. My answer to them is “fuck off.”
Your mileage may vary. But it’s an interesting discussion point all the same.