I don't own any guns. However, as a kid I used to do target shoot with various shot guns at a friend's house. Quite frankly, I wouldn't mind owning a pistal for target shooting. I think I would do well. Used to do well hitting the targets when my childhood friends and I shot at the paper targets.
I know a friend who makes his own guns. He's won first place for rifle target shooting in New York State several time. I respect his hobby and his talent.
Shooting at animals is another matter. I just don't have it in me to kill another creature. However, I do respect those who kill game for food. God knows I love my beef and pork. I don't give a rat's ass how the animal was killed (hopefully humanly), just as long as I have my steak. (I also love vegetarian food, but that's another topic!) Am I hypocritical? (spelling
?) Probably. Still want my steak!!!
Shooting another human being is still another matter. Would I do it for self defense? Yep. Would I do it to defend my country. Yep.
However . . . there seems to be a growing sub-culture within our country that has a "shoot first, ask question later" type of mentality. I find this disquieting. I'm not against owning a gun. However, I believe that the law should require extensive background checks, "cooling off periods" and lots of education prior to owning a gun. I also believe that all guns should be registered.