As a by product of my interest in making knives I find myself clicking around the interweb looking at sites that sell knife making supplies.  It is natural that The Google takes me to general weapon sites. While I don’t have an interest in general weapons it is interesting to look around – and it is unavoidable to ponder how easy it is to obtain some very scary stuff. 

This is one of the more crazy sites. Note ability to purchase kits to convert AR 15 to fully automatic. 

We frequently hear how common firearm ownership is in the United States. In fear of miss quoting what I read this morning I won’t emphasize the correctness of the numbers, but I read that a very small percentage of the population owns the majority of the registered firearms.

Growing up in the Adirondack mountains of New York State firearms (long guns) was a natural part of our lives. Most homes had a shotgun or rifle hanging on the wall and it was not considered a big deal. It was simply part of life.  My grandfather presented me with my first firearm when I was 10 years old and he taught me how to shoot it and how to safely manage a firearm.