304 SPORTS SCORES
  • Tygarts Valley 59Hannan 8Final[ view all ]
  • Sissonville 26Liberty 7Final[ view all ]
  • Doddridge County 27Valley Wetzel 7Final[ view all ]
  • Clay-Battelle 20Van 12Final[ view all ]
  • Lewis County 42Elkins 0Final[ view all ]
  • Braxton County 13Webster County 12Final[ view all ]
  • Grafton 50Lincoln 49Final[ view all ]
  • Robert C. Byrd 56North Marion 21Final[ view all ]
  • Morgantown 21John Marshall 6Final[ view all ]
  • Pendleton County 50Tucker County 6Final[ view all ]
  • Magnolia 34Tyler Consolidated 0Final[ view all ]
  • University 29Preston 25Final[ view all ]
  • Fairmont Senior 35Buckhannon-Upshur 27Final[ view all ]
  • Notre Dame 34Gilmer County 13Final[ view all ]
  • Saint Marys 42South Harrison 7Final[ view all ]
National News | Closings | Funerals | HighScore | Monday's Most Wanted | Crime Watch | TV Listings | Lottery | Bio's | FCC File | More ›
   
 
 
 
The Positives of Owning a Firearm
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 11, 2013 @ 1:06PM
Created on February 09, 2013 @ 7:48PM
 
"You really have to get past that perspective of the fear of firearms," said Ed Kelly, a gun safety instructor.
 
That's why Kelly teaches gun safety courses, which is required if you're going to apply for a concealed weapons permit. He says there's a lot of positives to owning a gun, like recreational activities and family tradition.
 
"The aspect of shooting firearms was something I did with my dad and brother when I was very young. You can take enjoyment from it."

Gun owner Bradley Gainer agreed. "It's time to spend outside. It's a family activity with me and my daughter, and it's been kind of like a family tradition."
 
But most people who take the safety class, do it for self-defense reasons.  Kelly said, after they've mastered the most important aspect- safety, they'll be held more accountable for actions they take with a gun.
 
"Being a member of the community, you're not only obligated to protect yourself, but because you are a responsible armed citizen, you're now obligated to protect those around you as well."
 
Gun issues have been one of the most dividing issues in Congress and with the public.
 
Lately, it's become even more controversial with all the public shootings. This had lead President Obama to propose some new rules when it comes to guns.
 
Kelly said, "I don't like the idea of restricting something just for the idea of restricting it. Because it has a stigmatism attached to it, because someone labels it as bad. I don't think they should use that as a basis to draft legislation."
 
Some of that legislation will be to put limits on big ammunition clips, ban assault weapons, and the one that's most likely to pass congress: universal background checks, something Kelly doesn't really have a problem with. But, some do.
 
Bradley Gainer said, "I can't say I agree with all Americans having a broader background check. The thing is, you're restricting my rights under the Second Amendment, which I don't really appreciate."
 
Gun control advocates will be fighting for Obama's proposed laws, while gun owners hope they keep in mind the up sides of owning one.

Share
Add your Comment
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login to your account, or create your free account today!

Comments (0)
WDTV on Facebook
WDTV on Twitter
WDTV on YouTube
Contact WDTV
WDTV RSS Feeds
WDTV SMS
WDTV Mobile App