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Do you love your gun? Tell me why

January 13, 2010 |  4:17 pm

Sandy I've been puzzling over the antics of basketball star Gilbert Arenas, who scorched local courts here as a high school player but was benched by the NBA last week for gunplay with a Washington Wizards teammate in the locker room after a game on Christmas Eve.

The 28-year-old Arenas -- an NBA All Star who graduated from Grant High in Van Nuys – said that he was just joking around and that the gun was unloaded. But he's been suspended from the NBA, a Washington, D.C.,  grand jury is considering charges and sports fans are wondering if the league is turning outlaw.

So am I. This is only the most recent in a series of incidents involving athletes and guns. Half a dozen NBA players – including Clipper Sebastian Telfair, before he came to Los Angeles – have been arrested and/or suspended for gun possession in the last several years.

It seems stupid to me on so many levels; such a dangerous imitation of macho toughness. But then what do I know about guns? Not much.

So I made a trip this week to the LAPD's firing range.

I discovered that I'm a pretty good shot. That there is something thrilling about holding a gun. And that firing real bullets is nothing like playing Halo.

"Are you going to write one of those 'guns are evil' columns?" the LAPD lieutenant supervising my shooting session asked.

I don't think guns are evil, but I'm trying to figure out the fascination with them for Saturday's column. I'd like to hear from gun owners. Why do you love your guns?  If you have insights to share, let me know what you think in the comments below.

-- Sandy Banks