Guns-N-Plastic Roses

I’ve always had a fascination with guns. I like everything about them. The look, mystique, engineering and the “power absolute” that a gun carries.

Does this make me a violent person or an antagonistic individual? Not at all. There is more appeal to guns than the eye beholds.

Agreed, with what is currently going on in the world, guns are a hot topic these days and not always for the right reasons. But in an ambiguous way, there is a certain magnetism and magnificence about them.

I consider a gun having the same characteristics as a power tool. I have many in my garage that nobody would give a second look at because they’re labeled power tools!

They can bite you just as much as a gun or even worse, hurt you seriously or others. Watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre flicks and you’ll know exactly what I mean.

All joking aside, it is all about respect. Respect for the gun and human life. I don’t want to dwell on the philosophy behind it too much but it is not the gun that should be questioned but rather some owner’s convictions.

Next to collecting model kits, I accumulated a few hand-held “power tools” over the years and go to the range on regular basis. Indirectly, in my opinion, guns and models go well together.

As a modeler, I appreciate even more the engineering that coincides with owning and shooting a handgun or rifle. Taking it apart and cleaning it gives me almost the same satisfaction than building a model. Well, maybe not quite… – Jef Verswyvel

Unless you assemble and paint plastic flowers, guns are just one step further down the road than that M1A2 Abrams you just planted on your diorama! Or the insertion of a 1/32nd scratch built GAU-22/A , four barreled  Equalizer Rotary Cannon in your USMC Harrier II. That’s what I’m talking about!

I’ll bet that I’m not alone with my assessment and that there are many of you who share the same sentiment.

Also the 2nd Amendment is a beautiful thing and no to be abused or taken lightly. Coming from Europe and especially Belgium, there is so much more “gun sense” over here believe it or not, than over there.

It’s almost impossible to even get a gun-buying permit in most European countries and gun violence exists there just as much. The only difference is that the good guys have no way to defend themselves because laws make it nearly unachievable and prevent the majority of people to own a gun.

But residing in this great country allows me the opportunity to be a responsible gun owner and to be able to protect my family for if when “the hour strikes”.

To me, that is a wonderful thing and gives me a confident and protected feeling.

That being said, there is the fun of shooting a gun. On many occasions I have taken my family with me to the range to educate them in gun safety, teaching them not to be afraid and that shooting can be very enjoyable and competitive. I even got it so far that I convinced my wife to carry!

Bottom line, there is nothing wrong owning a gun as long as you are safe and responsible about it.

As a modeler, I appreciate even more the engineering that coincides with owning and shooting a handgun or rifle. Taking it apart and cleaning it gives me almost the same satisfaction than building a model. Well, maybe not quite…

Cheers!

JV

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