For me it is because it is my god given right as a human being (note how I did not say american) it is also the single most effective way to stop a violent attacker. last it is a way of life, I was brought up around firearms. Until I was about 9 I thought that everyone had guns. I do not hunt, a firearm is not (for me) a way to secure food. It is a weapon, no more no less. Why do you personaly own a firearm?