I know many of my regular readers won’t believe it, but I did decide that I wanted to buy a .22 rifle for the farm. Partly because I enjoy shooting (I used to do some shooting in Boy Scouts… I even earned the shotgun shooting merit badge), partly because I might need to kill varmints (namely coyotes if they pester the dog I hope to get soon), and partly for defense.
On the last point, I guess I have to conceded that I’m not a pure pacifist. Jesus of course taught that we are to turn the other cheek and to not repay evil for evil, but to me non-lethal force is in rare cases justified. At the farm, law enforcement would take at least 30 minutes or longer to get there if I had problems, so having a gun handy might be useful, if for nothing else than to fire a warning shot or to shoot a home invader in the leg. — I still don’t think it would be right to shoot to kill though. Who is to say that a criminal’s life is worth less than mine?
Anyway if it sounds inconsistent, so be it. I think it was Emerson who said that “foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” and I think he is right.
As for the gun, I bought, I got a Marlin Model 60 .22 rifle (also see the Wikipedia article on the classic gun). It is 14 shot semi-automatic (the bullets are fed through the tube that is below the barrel). It’s strong to kill varmints and to shoot the crap out of tin cans but not enough fire power to be very lethal to humans or any big game. Based on it’s serial #, I think it is a 2006 model, which is pretty new since I bought it at a Lawton pawn shop.
Still though I think it will be good enough for my purposes. It is really fun to shoot and very easy to use.