Loving the herd life
- Nov 11, 2019
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- Clinton (piedmont) SC
I'm a couple days late to this party, but I just gotta stick my big nose in here. The doctor asks if you have guns in the house? Seriously? I'd have to say "None of your D@#* business (and it isn't)....and as much as I hate to lie about ANYTHING..... if forced by law, I'd look them straight in the eye and LIE. Do they also ask if you drink alcohol, smoke pot, have extra-marital affairs or drive over the speed limit? Ultimate silliness.I won't do captive bolt then. I think I could handle killing it just by throating it but of course I'd rather not. I'd rather be humane, plus noise is a factor.
Several concerns on owning a fire arm here. My main one is as follows: The kids' doctors require you to disclose your firearm status. They write it down. It ends up in their state database. That makes me uncomfortable. They may not take away your guns, but give them any reason to take your kids and I'm sure they will. My kids are safe, healthy, stable, and happy. I wouldn't trust the state with them worth a goat duki.
My husband is mostly worried about his crazy kids somehow managing to get into it at any time of them living at home. He is also more center leaning in his views on politics (not left, not right) and I think he feels owning a gun will somehow push him right. BUT a gun is still just a tool though-a tool state agencies told me to get as they offer no protection for my children against their wild animals. It also, strangely enough, feels like caving to the wackadoodle lefters here to me. It's like they're saying, " don't want to be a good little indoor dwelling follower? Fine, be pushed into this box with other state declared "undesirables" so we can find ways to abuse you and tell you what to do better" which makes me realize why every farmer and sportsman around here that I've met seems sad and bitter. The state mistreats them by over taxing, loading them up with far too many laws they MUST follow or be punished, and not supporting them at all. But I digress.
So basically, it's complicated why we don't have a gun here. The simple of it is that I don't feel good about it here yet. We are licensed. When/ if the situation arises where we need one we will get one that day, if at all possible. Until then, I wield an ax handle from the ax collection the previous owner left. I may buy a baseball bat or keep my own small personal ax accessible. It's good for dispatching and inflicting major damage and not awkward but not too small. I keep it sharp.
Oddly enough, I'd feel more comfortable owning a gun in a place like TN, where I'm less likely to need one because the neighbors usually enjoy shooting or trapping or have simply already done the vermin dispatching because it's open season on vermin in general. The state is less hostile.
I can get my goats dispatched for me if I have to, no worries. Dwarves grow slowly anyway. I'd like them to be at least 50 lbs first, but I'd take 40. That may be more like 7-9 months rather than just a few. Saffron the lamancha's 9 or 10 week old wether is about 40-50 lbs NOW, for perspective. If the dwarves wethers reach weight by winter or early spring I could always book them then in the offseason when I see they're going to reach that point soon if I can't find someone to pay and do it for me. That slaughter house charges $40 to dispatch. I'd pay someone $40 to come to my house and dispatch one properly, or I'd be happy to bring them to the slaughter house and have them dispatch and bleed out and I can bring home and do the rest.
Now, I am a self-professed "gun nut", but I never encourage anyone that they should own a gun. Personal choice. Your life, your decision.
BUT. One statement you made.
"When/ if the situation arises where we need one we will get one that day, if at all possible."
PLEASE, please, please...reconsider this. It's like saying, when I need to travel out of state, I'll buy a car.
Buy a gun, don't buy a gun. Like I said, your decision. But. If it's ever a possibility, do it NOW. Take additional classes to train yourself with THAT PARTICULAR GUN. And PRACTICE, on a regular basis.
It's like a teenager borrowing a friend's car, learning just enough laws to pass the driving test, and never driving again till they're 30 yrs old and buying a Corvette.
Guns and cars are most dangerous (to their owners and innocent bystanders) in the hands of those not trained and familiar with their proper use.
Apologies. I'm far from MA, and I don't have a dog in this fight. But as an American who values my right to own firearms, I must give sound counsel when I hear things like this. One untrained person having an "accident" gives the rest of us a bad name.