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Posted: 3/4/2006 2:53:10 AM EDT
Are you a frightened bunker-dweller or a proud and unapologetic gun owner?
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 2:57:04 AM EDT
Both. my colleagues know, but I hardly know any of my neighbors.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 3:17:27 AM EDT
^^ same here ^^
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:00:56 AM EDT
Cautious but proud.

Don't, at all, trust the few democRats at work but the repubs are cool.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:45:56 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:51:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 8:00:22 AM EDT by uxo2]
Not a bunker dweller...Just very paticular who knows...
""They"" already know...
But It is only a mater of time till they offer an ""incentive"" to rat you out...
Or commaaKnocking to get them like in New Orleans......
Your in CommieFronia and I don't put it past them...Fienstein and Boxer and Hillary
Then everyone will know because 2 things WILL happen...
you will be off the fence and choose a side...
What side will you choose???
www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/dewittflgs2.htm#cometakeflg
Till then....The least they"Neighbors....Workers" know the better.....
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 8:04:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:
Both. my colleagues know, but I hardly know any of my neighbors.



same here most of my friends and co-workers know im a shooter but i keep it low-keyed in the neighborhood. i actually have my old refridgerater box wrapped around my garage safe so nobody can tell what it is as they walk/drive by.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 8:32:29 AM EDT
I'm a gun dealer,,, no secrets here.

I used to do semiconductore facility work.. I used to post groups from my range trips. I would write notes on the targets like "Ten shots rapid fire @ 100 yards, 68gr bthp moly coated on varget (cant remember the weight). I would never post siloetes (sp duh), just sighting targets. I had a 4lb coffee can on my computer monitor that looked like a 3D collender. Every once in a while someone would notice and make a snide coment about me being "dangerous". I would retort about their driving technique being more dangerouse than my entire firearms collection. I would also make it VERY CLEAR that I was insulted and if they didn't apoligise I would report them to HR. Politicle correctness goes both ways ;) Shooting is an OLYMPIC sport...

Being open about it also let the door open to find out who all the other like minded people were. PHD's and directors, engineers... you might be suprised at how many egg heads are gun nuts and hunters.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 9:00:11 AM EDT
Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I'm a gunowner (gun nut depending on perspective). However, I don't go walking around my neighborhood flashing my guns.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:00:41 PM EDT
I live in the Portola Valley area and everybody here is so uptight. I put my shades down whenever I fondle my wife's...... I mean my weapons, especially my EBRs
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:07:32 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BigMac:
PHD's and directors, engineers... you might be suprised at how many egg heads are gun nuts and hunters.



hee hee...

The PhDs roll 3 deep at my rifle club, one from MIT, the other from (shock) Berkeley, don't know where the third one went.

The CEO of a local photonics company I buy a lot of stuff from is a gun guy too.

I don't advertise, but if they ask, I'm more than willing to converse.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 12:54:05 PM EDT
Most co-workers know, some neighbors. I just don't advertise "Burgle this house first."

I don't talk about my security systems when somebody calls up and asks if I want to buy a new one either.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 1:30:55 PM EDT
I know you are not supposed to let people know about your guns as they are highley desireable by theivs. but most of my coworkers have bigger colections than my meisley 14 guns. I do not try to advertize though
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 1:50:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:
Both. my colleagues know, but I hardly know any of my neighbors.


ditto especially the neighborhood is not very good.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 3:07:47 PM EDT
Loose lips sink ships.

Why run the risk of having some libtard or cretin finger you for an unwelcome visit by the Po Po? Don't advertise.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 5:21:07 PM EDT
With most PDs very jittery about people with guns, and people that are willing to break into your vehicle/home to steal my guns, I don't advertise to the world such as "I'm an NRA member," nor do I leave shot targets and shooting parpenallia in plain sight in my vehicle. IF I ever get stopped for a whatever reason by the PD, and I want to have to answer "do you have any guns?" I also save my receipts for my trips to the shooting range. So therefore, it is not prudent to tell people who are outside of your circle of friends what you have or do.

The manager of my now close indoor shooting range, Santa Anita Firing Line, Monrovia, Calif(10 miles east of Los Angeles) has seen more than a few people digging through the trash for that "particular receipt."

Caution is the watch word.

BTW: My guns are always the last piece of equipment to loaded into my car and the first to be unloaded. At the Santa Anita Firing Line, I met one shooter who had his car stolen with his guns inside because he was too lazy to take them into the house with after a Friday night shooting session. And of course there are numerous news report of how the FBI/ATF/local PDs has their vehicle stolen with all of their equipment inside.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:39:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 6:39:54 PM EDT by Zapp]

Originally Posted By BigMac:

Being open about it also let the door open to find out who all the other like minded people were. PHD's and directors, engineers... you might be suprised at how many egg heads are gun nuts and hunters.



I bought my reloading setup from the engineering manager at work. All of the other engineers are gun owners as well. Some have pretty extensive collections. Kinda nice to have everyone pro gun, and have access to a machine shop whenever I need it. No one says a word if I have a gun part in the shop doing some work on it
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:51:39 PM EDT
I built my 1919 in the fab shop that I work in, and ever since then nobody hassles me anymore
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 11:57:03 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 12:10:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dragunov:
Neither option applies to me in this silly slanted poll.



I don't hide my gun ownership at all, but I don't constantly show them off to idiots like I'm looking for trouble. But if anyone asks, I don't have any problem talking about it.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 12:49:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2006 12:52:34 PM EDT by deez]
Those that know me, know. Those that don't, don't need to.

I do not hide it from anyone, but I do not mention it either, unless I feel obliged to.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 11:35:54 PM EDT
my neabours know i own firearms (one of my neabours is a gun nut as well) i know the other two across the street dont like them to much but i couldnt give a crap. my co workers know i own firearms (its amazing that i work in a place where everyone i normaly work with is republican). most people at my school dont like me to much after they know i own guns. i guess its the liberal brainwashing at my college that gets alot of the students afraid of knowing someone that has firearms.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 6:16:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/6/2006 6:23:05 AM EDT by Mesa_Tactical]
My car has our company logo on it:



I routinely carry guns out to my car on the front curb any time I am getting ready for a trip to the shooting range. I do interviews with journalists about guns and shooting.

I often, after bringing a copy of the Rifleman to a bar, get into conversations about guns with other people I meet there. Almost every time, two or three other people also turn out to be gun people, and the non-gun people are surprised there are so many gun owners around.

I worked at Cisco Systems before I started collecting guns. They had a company-wide e-mail list for shooters (anyone at Cisco could set up a mailing list on any subject). The people on that mailing list posted with their real names and e-mail addresses.

I have always thought the only way we will protect our gun rights is by being open and accessible about gun ownership. Most urban and suburban people assume American gun owners are a fringe of cranks. Once they realize in fact many of their friends and neighbors and colleagues are gun owners, they will not be so cavalier about voting gun rights away. In fact, many will respond to curiosity and seek to learn more about guns.

This has been my experience anyway. And any non gun owner taken to the range is an instant convert, 99% of the time.

Weird how the poll results don't reflect the comments of the posts.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 11:04:45 AM EDT
I used to be a total paranoid bunker dweller and keep it all a secret. I was even afraid it might "offend" some of the people I know. Well... ever since about last fall I adopted a new "**** it" attitude. I'm sick and tired of appeasement tactics just to please the socialists and communists that fill the neighborhoods of my city.

All my stuff is in a safe that's bolted into the concrete foundation of my house so it ain't going anywhere. My house has multiple alarm systems, sensors, and the windows and doors are barred. I am a right wing anti-socialist anti-politically correct gun owner... if you don't like it too bad.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 11:37:57 AM EDT
Everyone knows. My girlfriend's anti-gun 17-YO daughter moved out of her house partly because GF refused her daughter's demand to break up with me.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 3:11:48 PM EDT
I don't really talk to my neighbors, most of em are jerkwads, partially blocking my driveway with their truck when they've got all the room in the world, etc.

Everybody at work knows, I've once or twice brought one with me to have for after-hours guard duty.
Link Posted: 3/6/2006 11:34:17 PM EDT
My neighbors know nothing. Hell, they barely know who I am. That's how I like it (for the most part).
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 8:32:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
Everyone knows. My girlfriend's anti-gun 17-YO daughter moved out of her house partly because GF refused her daughter's demand to break up with me.



It's too bad that the communists get to them in public schools and indoctrinate them with Marxism and fringe socialist beliefs.
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 9:12:51 AM EDT
I didn't vote either.

But my choice would be, "Out of sight, out of mind." since I live in the ghetto.
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 10:51:39 AM EDT
Same here, I hardly know my neighbors. Although one of my neighbors did happen to see me showing some family members in my garage a ZB-37 ground mount (large) with a DShk 12.7mm kit mocked up with wire on it. He grinned and kept mowing his lawn. I bought the house from a cop who the same neighbor thought was an assh*le.

Very typical of us from so cal, not knowing our neighbors. When I lived in Illinios minding your own business and not being overly friendly with neighbors was considered being a rude neighbor who came from California. That's how they put it.
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 12:12:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By readytorock556:
I live in the Portola Valley area and everybody here is so uptight. I put my shades down whenever I fondle my wife's...... I mean my weapons, especially my EBRs


Haha! Good point, everyone knows my wife's got cans, but we're not showing em to people...
Link Posted: 3/7/2006 2:07:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By California_Kid:
Everyone knows. My girlfriend's anti-gun 17-YO daughter moved out of her house partly because GF refused her daughter's demand to break up with me.


That was a great thread! How did that work out?
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 9:54:03 AM EDT
I live in apartments. My neighbor don't know (or I don't want them to know), but my apartment manager sure knows, as they can't ignore the reloading equipments and tons of ammo cans just sitting over there (I keep my firearms lock in safe all the time).

As for work, everyone knows since i keep a target, two CPUs with .308 diameter hole in the center of them, and a KAC poster in my cubical. It's hard to ignore. Everyone is pretty cool about it and I have taken quite a few guys for a range visit.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 10:36:43 AM EDT
My friends and coworkers all know, everyone else is on a need to know basis. I will discuss guns, rights, and other related topic at anytime though so its no secret what my opinion is. I don't go out of my way to hide things, if someone sees me carrying items to the car for a shoot, then so be it.

But yeah, I am careful so not just anyone can tell, and its a good thing that I live at the end of a court, so not a lot of through traffic.
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 10:41:20 AM EDT
My family and close friends know. However, if someone asks I'll tell them I support gun ownership. Whatever conclusions they form are theirs.Robert
Link Posted: 3/8/2006 11:19:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By snobordr:
My friends and coworkers all know, everyone else is on a need to know basis. I will discuss guns, rights, and other related topic at anytime though so its no secret what my opinion is. I don't go out of my way to hide things, if someone sees me carrying items to the car for a shoot, then so be it.

But yeah, I am careful so not just anyone can tell, and its a good thing that I live at the end of a court, so not a lot of through traffic.



Living at the end of a court rocks. I agree on the low through traffic, just "ooopsie" swing-arounds when somebody gets lost.

I miss having a CHP and a local LEO live in my court, kept the thug element in the neighborhood down to almost nil. We always liked to talk about guns, and the like. One of them was a classmate of mine, and the other used to date my sister.
Link Posted: 3/11/2006 8:47:02 PM EDT
The level of secrecy I maintain has nothing to do with offending anyone, (hell I go out of my way to offend libtard antis) and everything to do with not becoming an inviting target for theives.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 11:41:48 AM EDT
Hell NO!!! Advertise all you wish......let the anti's know you believe in the right to Bear Arms and proud of it. Come steel these fine arms from me.
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 6:43:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By shopkeep:
I used to be a total paranoid bunker dweller and keep it all a secret. ---

All my stuff is in a safe that's bolted into the concrete foundation of my house so it ain't going anywhere. My house has multiple alarm systems, sensors, and the windows and doors are barred. ---

... if you don't like it too bad.



Used to be???
Link Posted: 3/12/2006 8:03:57 PM EDT
The less people know about what I have and don't have the better. Information warfare is my business I intend to win. Suggest some of the people here practice it. Everytime some loop hole pops up someone opens their mouth and CDOJ gun haters get involved. Some of the posts here are near the grey area. Let's keep the peering eyes of those that deny our 2nd amendment rights out of it.
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