I own guns. I am a bird hunter, about which I have blogged in the past, and I own shotguns for that purpose. I also own a single-action, six-shot revolver loaded with shotshells as protection against poisonous snakes on our small piece of land in the country, where copperheads are as common as mosquitos. My father taught me to shoot guns responsibly before I was a teenager. I am teaching my kids to do the same.