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My gun rights are being trampled by my wife(NJ)
trentonian.com ^ | 14 July, 2012 | JEFF EDELSTEIN

Posted on 07/15/2012 6:20:51 AM PDT by marktwain

I am not allowed to have a gun.

And that’s the truth. Literally, not allowed. My wife won’t let me have a gun. Not sure I want a gun, but it doesn’t matter. Not allowed. In fact, I’m pretty sure I’d sooner be granted my lifelong wish to frolic in a chocolate pudding bath with Jennifer Love Hewitt before my lovely wife would let me wrap my hands around a Glock Magnum 747.

I don’t know much about guns. But I do know there’s a part of me that wants one. Not because I want to shoot it, or because I’m clinging to the second amendment (which was written when it took 15 seconds or so to reload a musket), or because I’m some gun collector who wants to own every gun ever produced.

Nope, I kinda-sorta want a gun so that if someone ever puts me or my family at risk, I can shoot them dead.

That said, even if my wife said I was allowed to own one, I still don’t know if I’d get one. Without sounding too much like a pansy, the fact remains: Guns are scary.

But I have been thinking about it lately, especially after I found out a childhood friend of mine recently become a gun owner. He has it for the same reason I would want one: To protect his family.

And while for a majority of readers out there, a friend owning a gun isn’t cause to write a column about it, trust me: Where I come from, with my background, it’s the equivalent of a lifelong NRA member deciding to purchase a nuclear weapon for protection.

At the risk of stereotyping myself and a few thousand years of one of the world’s major religions, American Jews from middle to upper middle class backgrounds don’t normally grow up with guns.

An example of the anti-gun life I grew up in: The same high school friend of mine, along with a dozen or so other buddies, decided to engage in plastic pellet gun war during our junior year in high school. This went on for weeks, at malls, at school, sneak attacks at home, wherever. It was fun. But know this: when shot with these — even at point blank range right into an unblinking eye — the risk of injury was about the same as having a wayward molecule of oxygen go up your nose.

Yet despite the non-threatening nature of these devices, we managed to upset all of our mothers with our gunplay, including one mom who was convinced we were (very literally) sniffing glue when sitting at her kitchen table decorating our faux-weapons. Yes that’s right. Decorating them. Personalizing them, really. (This little anecdote really tells you all you need to know about me, guns, my youth and Jewish mothers of a certain generation.)


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Philosophy; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: banglist; constitution; gun; nj
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Jeff is a prime person to take to the range. Once he has experienced firing a real gun, he is very likely to find that enjoys it.
1 posted on 07/15/2012 6:20:57 AM PDT by marktwain
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Jeff is a major project, like too many American males. They were never taught to be men.


2 posted on 07/15/2012 6:25:16 AM PDT by ConservativeInPA
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I had a bumper sticker on my old SUV. It read, “I got a Gun for my wife. Best trade I’ve ever made.” Sounds like it could work for him.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 6:25:22 AM PDT by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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Jeff sounds like a wuss. Take his wife to the range.

After that, she will likely leave him and run away with the first redneck she meets.


4 posted on 07/15/2012 6:26:23 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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My suggestion is that you arrange a situation where you and your wife can shoot guns together. I’m thinking something like a rural/farm picnic where the host brings out the .22 pistols or rifles for a little informal (but well supervised) backyard plinking. Encourage her to “try it.” I bet she softens her view.

An alternative would be to go to a public/rental range. That would probably require some clever quid pro quo arrangement, though. “Yes, honey, I will accompany you to ballroom dancing class, but you’ve got to do something I want to do . . . “


5 posted on 07/15/2012 6:28:00 AM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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Sure the author is. He is making a choice not to have a gun because of the consequences of his decision.


6 posted on 07/15/2012 6:28:22 AM PDT by Truth29
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Jeff’s problem was that he was “born free” but in the wrong State (NJ).

My wife does not like guns either, but I have firearms.

There are 2+ privately owned firearms per every man woman and child in the State of Texas. Some households have none, others have many. Would be perps simply do not know which ones do not.


7 posted on 07/15/2012 6:29:51 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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We used to play army, cops & robbers, cowboys & indians, etc. Maybe that’s part of today’s problem - kids can’t get out their normal aggressions through play, so they do it in real life.

While I’m at it, do they still sell dolls for girls to play mommy? Or do they just practice blinging them up?

OMG am I an old fogey.


8 posted on 07/15/2012 6:30:10 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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Without sounding too much like a pansy...

Ummm, THAT ship has sailed...

9 posted on 07/15/2012 6:30:10 AM PDT by GOPJ (Innocent people dying was the objective of Fast and Furious......... Ann Coulter)
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Gun rhymes with fun.


10 posted on 07/15/2012 6:30:23 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Never voting for Liberal Romney!)
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6+ posts and no one has asked WTH a “Glock Magnum 747” is. Okay, I’ll ask... ?


11 posted on 07/15/2012 6:31:21 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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“Jews from middle to upper middle class backgrounds don’t normally grow up with guns.”

Shame on you. I believe the ‘thought’ to purchase your gun is a growing concern that things are not going right in this country. Reach down, grab your testicles and remind yourself your a man. Men protect their families.

If you don’t you’ll be that much easier to be marched off to a ‘re-education’ camp aka the New Obama Warsaw Ghetto.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 6:31:45 AM PDT by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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Jeff is a prime example of what a liberal society creates with with it’s values. Totally emasculated he is a PC peasant.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 6:32:35 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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He needs to grow a pair. Why is it todays male is so whipped?


14 posted on 07/15/2012 6:32:50 AM PDT by baddog 219
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747 Magnum = Supersonic Dumbass


15 posted on 07/15/2012 6:33:56 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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I mean no disrespect to the faith that largely gave us western civilization but an unarmed Jew that utters the phrase “Never Again” is bluffing or he’s depending on better men to back him up.


16 posted on 07/15/2012 6:35:17 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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I’m in NJ and my wife lets me have a gun. Now a motorcycle, well, that’s another story. :-)


17 posted on 07/15/2012 6:35:52 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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LOL! (Thought so; was just checking...)


18 posted on 07/15/2012 6:36:55 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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What a P-Whipped puke. And he whines about it in public!

Buy a weapon, if she doesn’t like it, move out.


19 posted on 07/15/2012 6:37:19 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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20 posted on 07/15/2012 6:37:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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