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A gun enthusiast explains
his hobby

CBS News, by Ben Tracy

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/20/2012 12:34:34 PM

SAN FRANCISCO -Former Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas once said, "I own more shotguns than I need, but not as many as I want." A lot of gun owners feel that way, but we wondered why so many owned the same kind of assault rifle used in the Newtown massacre last week. Gene Hoffman says he owns four AR-15s for hobby and sport. The internet entrepreneur has 11 other guns in his home south of San Francisco. "If you ask a golfer why he needs 15 clubs instead of 7 he´ll tell you, well,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 12/20/2012 12:42:18 PM     (No. 9076268)

I only read the first dozen or so comments after the article. Spare yourself. It seems there is no limit on ignorance, and stupid is in good supply.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rolfnader, 12/20/2012 12:53:25 PM     (No. 9076282)

Um, how about " Because I can"?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: veritas, 12/20/2012 1:02:51 PM     (No. 9076296)

It´s not about the guns. It´s all about the control. And that´s what must always be foremost in our minds.

I own several hammers. I never bashed-in anyone´s skull.

I own quite a few knives of all descriptions. I´ve never cut anyone´´s jugular.

I´ve owned a number of cars, but never drove down the sidewalk to run anyone over.

Sheesh! What´s right with me?

And speaking of cars, if how an AR-15 is made [shape, color, materials] make it an "assault rifle," I guess the steel roof, fenders, and floor pan on my car make it an "armored vehicle."

The evil, and the crime, lie in the act, not in the object. That includes especially bodyguard-protected politicians denying law-abiding citizens the necessary tools to defend themselves and their families. There lies evil.

It´s not about the guns. It´s all about the control. It´s all about the control.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: borderboy, 12/20/2012 1:11:00 PM     (No. 9076306)

You can never have enough guns, or for that matter, ammunition.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: kens, 12/20/2012 1:51:50 PM     (No. 9076359)

Maybe guns are like insurance: You can never have enough.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: starsNstripes, 12/20/2012 1:54:31 PM     (No. 9076361)

The person being interviewed caves a bit by saying he believes in "some" gun control for those that doctors deem as unstable.

Let´s keep in mind who will be paying the doctors in the future.

Also, let´s keep in mind that many veterans that are coming back from Iraq/Afghanistan are being coaxed by the VA and DoD to claim some mental disabilities so they can collect $$ and health benefits. Once they do so, the VA tells them they are now no longer to legally own a gun.

Can you see where this slippery slope is leading us...?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HerbVA, 12/20/2012 2:00:52 PM     (No. 9076371)

Why do leftists have so many sex partners?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Italiano, 12/20/2012 2:02:06 PM     (No. 9076377)

OK, let´s look at this another way. Why do art collectors "need" all of those paintings? Why do wine snobs "need" all of those bottles in their basement wine cellars?



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Reply 9 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All, 12/20/2012 2:06:19 PM     (No. 9076384)

Why does anybody "need" a vehicle that is capable of exceeding the speed limit?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: J F Ackerman, 12/20/2012 2:07:41 PM     (No. 9076386)

We are life-long gun owners and defenders of the Second Amendment. We are extremely careful and comfortable with firearms. We have, on three separate occasions, taken guns away from irresponsible, emotionally unstable family members... because that´s what responsible, serious grown-ups do. Adam Lanza had a brother and father who should have disarmed that household.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: drkillj0y, 12/20/2012 2:11:48 PM     (No. 9076392)

FTA "Hoffman plans to add two more guns to his collection bringing his total to 17."

SEVENTEEN ?
That´s what we call ´light weight´...


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/20/2012 2:18:29 PM     (No. 9076407)

I read many articles mentioning that the AR-15 was in the car, and that the shooter had a Glock and a Sig Sauer that he used for the killings.
So which is it? How did he use the AR-15 to kill the victims and himself, and then put it in the car?
The reporters have been all over the map on reporting.
I want to KNOW what weapons actually killed the victims. IF that AR-15 WAS in the car, then he used 2 pistols, hardly assault weapons..so no further discussion of assault weapons is warranted.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: WI Cynic, 12/20/2012 2:34:42 PM     (No. 9076432)

One partial explanation for one individual. That´s some real deep research there, Scoop. /s

To ask the reasons for people owning firearms is to ask too large a question. I suspect that there are about five times as many reasons to own a firearm as there are firearm owners. In that respect, it´s like any other object - the owner has multiple reasons of varying importance to him or her, and no two owners have identical reasons.

The questions that are repeatedly asked and never answered are, "Why should law-abiding citizens be punished for crimes they did not commit? Why should gun control be even considered when it is such an abject failure everywhere it is in force?"

I think the answer is that none of this has anything to do with guns per se, and everything to do with the continuous and unremitting desire by the left wing to control everything and everybody.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: comstock, 12/20/2012 2:38:00 PM     (No. 9076435)

I´m with you, #12. And I also want to know how many Aurora victims died from shotgun wounds, not from unaimed .223 bullets.

I´m far from an expert, but I know enough to know that most of the talking heads, especially O´Reilly, are totally ignorant or they would be asking the same questions.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: NYbob, 12/20/2012 3:16:44 PM     (No. 9076496)

It´s NOT a hobby or about hunting. All the willfully ignorant sheeple are confident they know all about guns because they´ve viewed thousands of murders committed by firearms, as entertainment. Listening to their ideas about guns and society is like being lectured about taxes from a tax cheat or moral issues from Ted Kennedy. It is tiresome.

I do wonder what CBS News has against night shift store clerks, women in bad relationships, single women being stalked or anyone who is threatened by union mobs. Actually I know what the useful idiots want, and I certainly know what CBS wants.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: provide, 12/20/2012 3:27:27 PM     (No. 9076508)

The most common murder weapon in the 3rd world is a machete. It´s a nasty way to die.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: WIBadger, 12/20/2012 4:30:32 PM     (No. 9076601)

I´m a musician and collect guitars and amps. Because each one is unique.

And because I can...

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Reply 18 - Posted by: rubberneck, 12/20/2012 4:49:07 PM     (No. 9076631)

Gene Hoffman is a brave man! Or foolhardy...

If I owned guns (ahem), I´d keep it to myself. I wouldn´t want to be on the top of the jack-booted thugs´ confiscation list. (If it ever came to that.)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: starkness, 12/20/2012 11:47:07 PM     (No. 9076993)

anybody remember the news footage of the korean store owners (all ROK Army veterans) defending their stores against the mobs during the LA riots of 1992? As I recall they were all keeping and bearing so-called "assault" rifles to defend themselves and their property. And as I recall, the LAPD was just minutes away from the scene of the life-threatening action.

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