Guns have always been a part of my life. From the time I was a kid with a .22 rifle to the exquisite collection of handguns I owned when I was in my twenties, I had a Colt military style .45. A Colt Commander, a more compact version than the standard .45. A Smith and Wesson 8/34 inch .44 magnum. A nickel plated .44 Mag with a 6 inch barrel. A Colt Python, perhaps the best weapon I've ever owned. The Python was so tight and well made that when fired, wouldn't twist up as the .44 magnum has a tendency to do.
I had a .22 snake shot revolver that resembled the type of six shooter cowboys used in the old west. But instead of regular ammunition, the gun fired small .22 shotgun pellets. The reason for this is that very few people I know can shoot a slithering six foot Western rattlesnake with a standard slug. The snake gun was holstered low on my waist whenever I walked out into the desert. I also owned a smaller Smith and Wesson .44 mag with a 4 inch barrel. I used leather shoulder holsters for all my guns except for the .22.
The NRA, of which I'm not a member and never will be, recently held a convention in Houston. As usual, paranoia spread across the convention's floor like jelly does on a peanut butter sandwich. Gun owners showed up ready to fight to keep their weapons out of the government’s purview; to voice their fears that the authorities would require them to list their weapons on a national registry making it easier for the Feds and the local county Mounties to go door to door demanding that citizens hand over their guns.
That's not going to happen, no matter how Orwellian you believe America is becoming. The government doesn't want your pea shooter anymore than it wants your furniture.
Do you have 105 millimeter cannon? Do you have an automatic M242 .25 millimeter man killer mounted on a turret, or a M792 HEI-T with high explosive tracer rounds? How about a coaxial M240C machine gun or 1,320 rounds of 7.62 millimeter ammunition? The military outfits this ordinance on amphibious war machines that can go anywhere, even if it's in your front yard.
The point is this. Your handgun, no matter the caliber, can't make a dent in the government’s vast array of assault vehicles. Imagine all those Blackhawk choppers rising in the eastern sky that many NRA members fear will happen the day the government takes over the United States and does away with the Second Amendment, turning legitimate gun owners into outlaws. Try downing one of those high tech gunships with your AR-15 or your .40 caliber Glock. Do you have drones equipped with Hellfire missiles? Or a submarine far off in the Arabian Sea that can target a missile through your front door?
I enjoy handguns because they're fun to shoot. I have no anxiety that the Obama administration is going to order me to hand them over. Civilian weapons, except for IED's which most Americans don’t know how to make anyway, are no match for government firepower.
So relax. No one wants to take your gun away. The government has hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars tied up in its arsenal that can blow away flag waving patriots into bite size chunks of monkey meat, no matter how many guns they have in their armory.
Finely, consider this. Should paranoid people be allowed to own guns? It's not on the ballot, but if it were, a lot of members of the NRA would be unarmed and out of luck