I wanted to know why you (or anyone) would want to portray yourself that way. To explain, what i'm saying is in the answer to this question,
What does your picture, i.e., a man aiming a gun as if to shoot, mean to people? What do ppl think of when they see your picture?
The image conjures violence by showing you aiming a gun as if to shoot.
Because what does shooting normally represent?
Killing, or at least maiming/causing pain and fear.
(Your pic does NOT bring to mind target practice, hammers and paper weights. Although, perhaps it might remind ppl of Hollywood movies.)
If I am still not being clear, I can try to explain it this way: Why were guns invented? There is one answer. To kill.
If that is the message you want people to get, you've succeeded. Perhaps the Hollywood glamorization of violence appeals to you, as it does to many others?
Gun violence also appeals to people who commit school shootings, as well as other types of broken ppl. That is very disurbing. (Not calling you one!)
As for me, I'm very familiar with guns, having shot more kinds than I can recall while deployed, and having had to be regularly qualified on several because I am active duty military. So I get the "defending liberty" part you mentioned. However your pic does not bring images of defending liberty to mind. Maybe it would if you were in uniform in Iraq or Afghanistan.
That's about the best I can do to explain.
Hi, nice to meet you. Hopefully we can meet one day in person.
Just wanted to let you know there are 2 great groups in your area. One is Orange County Atheists http://www.ocatheists.com/ . The second is Backyard Skeptics http://www.meetup.com/Backyard-Skeptics/ . They both have monthly meetings and events. I've spent time with both groups and the people are fun to be around.
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