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What my Dad taught me about gun ownership

As a child I remember asking, "Dad, why don't we have guns?"

His reply? "People have guns for two reasons; hunting or killing people. I don't want to do either, ever again."

My father began his life-long Army career at 17. A few months after turning 18, he found himself in Vietnam. Less than 8 months later--and still 18-- he was shot and sent home.

Responsible gun owners have a constitutional right to own firearms. Fine.

Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Okay.

Responsible gun owners need to take responsibility for protecting their rights.

They only way they can protect their own rights is to work with those of us advocating commonsense gun regulations.

What I learned from my Dad about guns? Is that having one meant you were ready and willing to kill someone with it. And that killing someone-- even if that person intends to do your harm-- haunts you for the rest of your life.

—StephanieNC
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