Are any of y'all gun owners? The German and I are considering buying a gun. We've been looking at a few different ones (e.g. the Desert Eagle, a Kimber). There are so many to choose from that it's difficult to decide which one would best suit us.
One of our reasons might seem a bit problematic to some folks, though. You see, VanGoghGirl is about to start high school and I think The German really wants anybody who wants to date her to know just how far he will go if they ever put a hand on her. Being from the south, I'm kinda used to this. My dad kept guns for hunting and I have to admit that LIKED being able to shake off any jerk who wouldn't leave me alone by introducing him to my dad.
I also want VanGoghGirl to get gun safety lessons. Because of the gun culture here in Louisiana, she has somewhat frequent exposure to them and I want her to know how to handle one. She knows not to play with them, but I want her to know how to load, clean, and shoot one. When she goes off to a university, she may wind up living on her own and I want her to know how to use a gun, just in case she wants to buy one for self-defense. Now that I mention it, I could probably stand to have some gun safety lessons, too. My dad taught me the basics, but it's been so long that I would probably benefit from going through it again with a bit more detail this time around.
As a household with several people who are disabled, to some extent or another, I feel like it might be wise for us to be a bit more armed. I've seen so many stories about how a person with a disability was chosen by a criminal because they seemed like an easy target. I don't want that to be me or my family members. As a woman of color with disabilities, I just don't have faith that anyone else (including law enforcement) is going to give a damn or put their life on the line to protect me. I don't think that a gun is going to keep me safe, but I do think that I'd like to at least have a fighting chance if I am ever put in a situation where I need to be able to defend myself.
Anyway, I'd love to hear any one's opinions about this--advice, criticism, condemnation and gun recommendations are welcome, too.