I was asked once "Why do you own firearms"? I started to be flippant and say "Because I can". But then I thought long and hard. Why DO I own firearms? I own handguns for protection, both for myself and others. I swore an oath when I enlisted in the Marines, and that oath was never rescinded. And, when working around the property, it's easier to carry a handgun than a rifle or shotgun. The pistol is to be used UNTIL I can get to said rifle or shotgun. Why do I have a shotgun? Because the are times when a pistol isn't enough for the threat at hand. The old adage "being enough gun for the task at hand" is certainly apt. A shotgun is better than a pistol when facing a bear. But a long gun will get in the way when doing chores around the property or while climbing a ladder. But I have one for those midrange engagements. A rifle comes in handy for those longer ranged engagments or when defending live or property from those looking to do harm to others, whether 4 legged or 2 legged predators. Having taken that oath, as I stated I had at the beginning of this post, I keep my rifle at the ready in the event it is needed. Whether it's to defend livestock from predators, or property and lives from others that could wish harm to them. So, why do I have firearms? Is it for "sporting purposes", to do evil to others, or to protect life and property? I don't really hunt anymore, but I do target shoot. I am not a criminal per our current laws. So I own firearms for defense now. I own firearms to be a responsible citizen. I own firearms to prevent our government from going full on tyrannical dictatorship. An unarmed populace isn't free, it is enslaved. It will never truly be free, so I ask you. Why do YOU have a firearm?