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Have you stopped caring about what other people think?

  • No one ever gave me this crap.

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I am constantly bombarded with parents and grandparents telling me I have an "unhealthy obsession with guns" because I have a pistol, three rifles (including the first one I ever got, probably the most crappy gun ever) and spent a little over 500$ on the bar10. Now I used to try to explain to them that it's a hobby and a fun sport but I gave up a long time ago. I'm not asking what I should do, I'm asking how many of you get this kind of crap, and if you do have you stopped caring what people think?
 

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Ah, distraction and stealth :p. Even in normal life, our skills come in to play!
 

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I hate that fucking phrase. "Unhealthy obsession with guns." I get that from a couple people, and so do some friends. Just because I own a couple of rifles, it doesn't mean I'm a psycho. It's also not okay for me to spend money on a "stupid toy." It is, however, okay to spend money on computer gaming stuff, to buy season tickets, which are hundreds of dollars, per year, and shoes and purses.

Here's my list of personal favorites: Especially from females. "Why do you like guns? Guns are bad, they make people evil. They kill people. God doesn't like guns. Guns will make you a killer"
1. An airsoft gun can't kill anything more than a bird...
2. Humans are self-destructive, they were evil before guns were even remotely thought of.

I guess I still care because it kind of makes me angry, but I don't let that get in the way of me doing what I want.
I just make smart remarks, or just directly criticize them.
 

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Yeah for some odd reason I care what people say in a way I guess. Just the other day my father inlaw stopped over while I had my rifles out. I was working on my Bar10 and my Ak, the kids M4 and his Bar10 was lined up against the wall. Usually he gives stupid remarks about me wasting my money on toy guns etc..lol.. But when my kid handed over his M4, he seemed to change his mind. The my kid handed over his bolt action and dudes eyes lit up. I figure one day I will be watching a video on youtube accidentally on purpose when he stops over next. Let him see the stuff we do and how much fun it is that we have. Those who dont understand or know, will more than likely never understand or know. I wouldnt worry too much what people think though.

I usually describe it as, we all love them shootem up movies, this way I get to be in the action just like the movies. That normally gets a smile and I see they just clicked into thought.
 

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My dad loves it as long as he gets to have a few shots with them from time to time! :D

I don't really care what people think of it. If they don't see it as a sport/hobby then fair enough, but I do and I wouldn't let people's views stop me.
 

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It's not even airsoft. Even if I have a few pocket knives (like 3 or 4) and an exacto knife, and I sometimes sharpen my knives if they get dull, then all of a sudden I have an "unhealthy obsession with knives." But anyway, I just stopped ignoring it a little bit after I got my first gun, which is when I all of a sudden have an "unhealthy obsession with guns." Some of my friends are VERY anti-gun so if the topic of airsoft comes up they are always saying that stupid frigging phrase. Then I keep talking about how I made a new inner barrel spacer and how I did this and that to my bar10. Drives them bonkers. If they don't drag me to the loony bin or a rehab place I'd be in shock LOL.
 

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I stopped a long time ago. Not only was it with guns, but everything else. "Your lazy, your obsessed with guns, yadda yadda" STFU. I've gone full out honey badger (Anyone who gets the reference gets a cookie) and have stopped giving a damn since about halfway through the school year.

As for the gun thing, my dad think it's pretty cool, as do his co-workers. He's very pro second amendment, but he does think I spend a little too much money on airsoft. It's the rest of my family (aunt's, uncles, grandparents) that think I'm crazy and I'm going to do something absurd, and whenever I'm told this I use my body language to clearly say IDNGAF about what you think.
 

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I like when people think their opinions outweigh mine. Or that because they feel airsoft, computers, or my damn trip pants and skinny jeans are dumb so I should stop enjoying them. I once painted my nails black( the rest of my band insisted). People gave me so much shit about it I decided to keep them black until they all STFU about it. It's your life, don't let others tell you how to live it.

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Guns cause death like flys cause garbage.

Guns are neither good nor evil. They are a tool, just like a tire iron or a knife. Both of those can kill people too, if used by a PERSON as a weapon with intent to kill.

When they ask you about you obsession with guns, ask them if they like being Sheeple? Most people do not know why they have an opinion on something they just regurjitate what they have heard in the media or from people they know and what to like them. When challenged with WHY they believe something they will get angry and change the subject, or throw it back at you without a good answer! You can then laugh and leave!
 

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To MasterJuggler98, An "Unhealthy Obsession" usually involves focusing on one thing to the exclusion of almost all else, resulting in a detrimental situation. Do the Olympic or professional athletes have an "Unhealthy Obsession"? How about World Class Musicians? Award winning programmers? Doctors and surgeons? How about Artists, Artisans, Craftsmen, Scientists, Inventors, Captains of Industry? I think the words like, dedicated, focused, committed, specialist, excellence might be better used.

If you chose to learn something, it's simple knowledge, if you become fascinated with or compelled by it, perhaps it speaks of your commitment to a hobby, sport, art, craft, or whatever. I see it as more of an expression of who and what you are, than a symptom or a malady. Perhaps you should remind those who are "nay sayers" that this hobby/sport involves:

1. Art - in other words to create something.
2. Nature Studies - You become focused on your environ, and all in it.
3. Outdoor Activity - You are outside (away from the computer & TV).
4. Woodcraft - You create "hides" and "ghillies", you exist in nature.
5. Social Skills - You meet fun and interesting people from all walks of life, and bounce a biodegradable BB off them, then become friends.
6. History & Modern History - You are immersed in hobby/craft/sport that has been in existence since the first caveman stalked his food-prey hidden by bushes or cloaked in an animal skin. You are experiencing a craft that helped create a nation during war.
7. Physics - You are learning or are applying your physics skills with each shot you take.
8. Chemistry - You are learning the art of dyeing, and no doubt learning how to acquire natural dyes, and fire retardants.
9. Patience - A lifelong skill that far too many people will never learn.
10. Rudimentary Tailor Skills - If you build your ghillie yourself.

(I could go on, ad nauseum)

Separate and away from the above. You are learning a skill that will serve you well throughout your life and may someday save your life. With the exception of Airsoft being a nonlethal sport and non food procuring craft, you are learning skills taught to every frontier child less than 200 years ago.

"Unhealthy?" Perhaps you best set these folks down and let them watch the nature channel, particularly any show that highlights predator young at "play", learning the skills that will let their species survive. Do they want a sheep for a son/daughter? The name of the game is confidence, confidence that comes with the acquisition of knowledge & skills, and practicing those skills. There is nothing you learn here, that cannot be applied to business or life in general.

"Unhealthy"? Ya, right.
 

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I really dont tell anyone.And if i do,people ask me why i play with toy guns and not the real thing....which is annoying.I dont have a problem owning real steal stuff....its just that i enjoy this hobby very much.
 
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