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I just read the article in the New Yorker. I never heard of Marion Hammer until she was discussed on Rachel Maddow's show. We can understand how she is a gun rights supporter from her upbringing, but the extremism is more difficult to understand. I suppose in a way it's a cult like religion for her and perhaps others in the NRA. She has lost all touch with reality.
I too grew up with guns. We were a family of hunters, but we did it to survive as we could not afford beef. And my Dad taught us to never spoil any meat with a shot to the torso...always a head or neck shot. Sounds gruesome but it was quick. One shot only.
I absolutely cannot understand or agree with those gun rights people who say they need their AR-15s for hunting. That is crap. The guns were never designed for hunting, and if they are used to shoot a deer in the way they massacre people, I wouldn't want any part of the meat pulverized and spoiled by the impact of the bullets.
And I disagree with the term "sportsman". There is no sport in killing any animal. I always felt bad for the animal, much like the opening hunting scene in the movie, Last of the Mohicans.
After leaving home, I have never owned or shot a gun again. I would never have a gun in the house because I had children and now grandchildren in the house, and statistics say that a gun in a house will most likely be used on a family member, the worst scenario being the loss of life of a child.
Ditto for schools. Guns do not belong in school rooms full of kids or on teachers' holster or in a desk drawer, which may or may not be always locked.
Marion Hammer's upbringing around guns had a different effect on her than mine. I just don't understand.