Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Honest Gun Owners Meme

My blogfather tagged me in the latest gun meme that started here.

"I will write down 5 things that indicate, to me, that a gun owner or shooter maybe is an honest one; I say 'maybe' because I have known some seemingly honest gun owners to tell some really tall tales. Then I will tag 5 other gun owners who are also bloggers and I hope each will play along, each listing, in their blogs, at least 3 things that are indicative a gun owner is an honest one, then sending the challenge of this meme on to 5 other gun owner who are also bloggers."

Here's what I've got:

You have more than one holster that fits each handgun you own as a result of well … lots of reasons. You thought IWB would work. It came with the pistol. It was too inexpensive to pass up.  It seemed like a good idea at the time. Someone told you you should buy it.

Someone asks if you’d like to shoot their gun, and you say “Sure! Can you show me how?” Okay. Maybe that one’s just for me, but I’d rather ask for instruction than beg for forgiveness. Because if there is one thing I know, it’s how much I don’t know.

You own a weapon strictly for its historical/sentimental value, even if it’s a piece of crap.

Somebody posts about something stupid they’ve done with a firearm to serve as a warning or example of what not to do, and after heaving a sigh of relief that nobody died and realizing that there but for the grace of God go I, you notice that the comments are full of respectful commentary, including at least one “Me, too.”

And the corollary to the above: You’re not a d!ck. I’ve seen some rather, um, intense discussions on topics that completely elude me. Or subjects that, to me, don’t really seem to matter in the long run. Or occasionally even about something where I know enough to actually have an opinion. But for the most part, you can passionately disagree without being rude.

So, now I have to tag 5 more, and so I'm going to pick some locals who will undoubtedly be much more insightful than I.

MSgt B
JB Miller


  1. Wow, I'm gonna have to think about the 3 things.

    But to your points:

    #1: yes, I have more than one holster for ALL of my carry guns.
    #2: I don't know if this has ever come up. Nearly every single time I've been given a gun to shoot, the owner is right there pointing out the mechanical operation. It generally takes only a few seconds, but I don't think I've had to ask because the information is offered first usually. Yes, I shoot with polite and considerate people.
    #3: And not just 1.
    #4: Yup.
    #4 Corollary: "Discussions" about open carry vs. concealed carry drive me up the wall.

  2. Oh my!

    I didn't see this until almost 1930. I'll have to sleep on it.

    Thanks for the tag!

  3. I'll get mine up in the next day or so... And +1 on Andy, but then again ALL of my guns are shooters, even the old ones :-)

  4. yeah.. sorry, Nancy. I have forgotten this. Just a bit busy with work. Thanks for the tag.