I own firearms. They are within a few feet of where I sit at this very moment. I’ve made no secret of that fact. They are shotguns, and I use them to hunt and shoot sporting clays.
They are empty, and the shells are kept in another part of the house. They are also secured with trigger locks and in a gun safe. Only I know where the keys to the locks and the safe are kept.
I’ve also fired an AR-15, many times. That’s the semi-automatic rifle that was used in last week’s massacre. I know the power of that weapon, and I’ve honestly had to discipline myself not to think about the damage that 3-11 rounds from that rifle would do to a 6- or 7-year old.
There is no reason to own a gun with this power. It is a military weapon. It is neither a hunting rifle, nor is it useful for personal protection. It is designed solely to kill many human beings quickly. Even gun-owners like me see no purpose in it: