Those in power deciding if I make 'wrong' choice

Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 04:13 PM.

I’m considering buying another gun. Taurus International Manufacturing markets a .410 shotgun revolver called "The Judge" that’s piquing my interest.

I have a somewhat emotional attachment to that particular shotgun gauge (which is actually a caliber) because Dad gave me the little single barrel .410 he had as a boy. I hunted with it from Oregon to here with great effect.

In my youth, I imagined squirrels singing ballads about me and my gun around their nut stores. Nonsense, of course, but suffice it to say that I invested that little weapon with a ton of personal Tom Sawyer memories.

Regarding my impending purchase in light of the current uproar around guns and rights and responsibilities, I really don’t "need" another weapon. However I "want" it, which at my age is generally acceptable justification for most pleasures.

I’m from Texas but certainly not a cowboy in the gun-toting vernacular, although my wife Ann and I do have concealed carry permits. We got them because when we go to the pistol range, I wanted to carry our guns in the car legally. You seldom go wrong obeying laws.

Which leads me to the observation that today, obeying present law isn’t enough for some. Apparently, I shouldn’t be left in charge of some personal choices if those in power decide I’m making "wrong" ones.

I’ve lived through a lot of administrations, but this is the first one I’ve encountered that simply doesn’t like me. But that’s OK because I and half the country are in the same boat together. I truly understand.



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