conscienti1984 saidWhat's so special about guns? I'm seriously puzzled. I don't know anyone who owns a gun... and I've never really talked with anyone about guns.
I'm just curious. And don't mean to get into a debate... I'm not talking about the 2nd Amendment... just your interests guns.
Shooting, owning, and generally being around people who do things with guns (legal things) is something you will likely never understand and most certainly will never find fascinating. That is something that is quite normal for you as an individual.
Now I did not place a photo of a gun as my main picture. But I did notice that you enjoy paitning and placed artwork as your main photo. Just assume that the guys who own guns are similar to you, but with a different focus.
I have noticed over the years that people who are least knowledgeable of firearms tend to have lived in tightly packed urban communities or are in heavily developed areas such as New York, the New England states further north or perhaps California. Reality is there may be more of a need for a firearm in rural areas. I know that was my case over one week ago when I was on my old farm and ran across a rather aggressive eastern diamond back. They are not unlike some of the irritants on RealJpck who battle in the flame wars but with venom. They'll not hesitate unlike you to ask for explaination but will rant. Or make some uninformed dumb-ass comment.
Another use tends to be anytime I'm moving around in most major cities or even say in Mexico. Anywhere in Mexico. (Or depending on the day when I'm in Arizona and all those freindly spanish speaking folks become knowledgeable of how the kidnapping routine of their brothers down south unfolds.) You ever know anyone who was kidnapped in Mexico? I do. It is not like law enforcement is going to be there before the crime to keep the thugs at bay. They come along after the fact to clean up the mess.
Part of my hobby with guns comes from the engineer in me. Materials, manufacturing techniques, the chemistry of powders, the list goes on. Familiar with the technology of sintered metals? Maching colbalt alloys such as Stellite? Liners for some barrels used by U.S. troops all over the world are made Stellite. They will carry projectiles down the shoot for hours on end with ever increasing temperatures and do this for days on end, if the need be.
I may not agree with ones choices in life, but I do respect those choices as long as they do not directly affect me. I think you did the right thing here. You asked for an explaination.