There are many reasons for owning a gun. I’m not going to be exhaustive here but these are some of the main reasons in order according to one survey:
Safety/personal defense 60% – by far the highest reason
Sport/Target shooting (this can also be a social issue of sport with friends)
Just like guns
Family tradition passed down
Work – police, security
No reason in particular
This was missed in the survey (they didn’t ask the right people) – theft, intimidation, homicide, gang activity, member of the mafia, general criminal activity.
As you can see, there are many reasons for owning a gun. Some of them are good. Some not so good. I didn’t have guns in my house as a child. We also didn’t have motorcycles. Which is part of the reason why I still don’t have either one. Tradition plays a big part in our lives.