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Do you find the term 'gun nut' derogatory?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Joe Link, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm interested in hearing what others think. I suppose for me it'd depend on the context and how the person was using it.
     
  2. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    It totally depends on context, but I guess I would prefer firearms enthusiast, or 2nd Amendment supporter. Those terms I can live with no matter what the context.
     
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  3. 40calruler

    40calruler Lake Oswego Well-Known Member

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    I get called that by inlaws that are anti gun. At that point yeah I find it absolutely obnoxious. I guess if I know they mean it as an insult I take it as one. Yet I hear people I hang around describe themselves as a "gun nut" and of course that does not bother me.

    Totally depends on who says it if I am going to want to back hand them or not.
     
  4. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Nah, words only have the power you give them.

    Doesn't hurt my feelings if someone wants to comment on my race, sexual preference, hight, weight, my politics etc either.

    I have called myself a gun nut.

    I guess if I wanted or cared to be PC, I could find it offensive.
     
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  5. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    Yea it does. It makes me want to smash windows, loot and burn the town down.

    :s0111:
    Like above depending on context.
     
  6. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Hear it from one of the "Progressive Nut Jobs" on MSNBC or CNN and it irks me.
    It's all part of the narrative that anyone who feels the need to own a gun in this day and age is either paranoid, crazy, stupid or a racist white guy with bad intent. Or a blood thirsty Bambi killer!

    Of course among like minded people, gun nut, car nut etc. it doesn't bother me.

    The way the left likes to manipulate the language though maybe it's time to be more careful of how we describe ourselves.

    As Garg said, "firearms enthusiast, or 2nd Amendment supporter" would be better!
     
  7. Liberty97045

    Liberty97045 Oregon City Well-Known Member

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    That's when you get so excited you get your "gun nut"
     
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  8. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Ammo-sexual is my favorite.
     
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  9. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hey, only we can use those words!

    That's about where I would leave it - if I'm talking to gun people, yeah, gun nut is a good term. But coming from the anti-gun crowd, it is said, and meant, to be offensive, a term of derision, so yes, I find it offensive. But then again, I find the existence of the anti-gun crowd to be offensive, so....

    Gun nuts unite!!!

    :s0003::s0007::s0010::s0014::s0015::s0019::s0022::s0038::s0034::s0041::s0133::s0042:

    Excessive smilies in honor of our missing "No Flinch"
     
  10. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    It's okay, every time I feel offended, I just buy another gun to make me feel better. I may need more money :D
     
  12. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Gun nut?

    Damn straight I am a Gun Nut!

    Loud and proud baby!

    :D
     
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  13. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    If a conservative tells you your a gun nut He's jealous. And wants what you have.
    And that's like a pat on the back.

    If a Liberal tells you your a gun nut. He's afraid of you, because he has no way to defend himself.
    He knows if you want to. You can do whatever you want.;)

    Both are fine with me! :s0140:
     
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  14. elsie

    elsie Way over there on the left Well-Known Member

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    It all depends on context. If they are using the term to give offense, then I'll gladly take it. If they are just describing an out-of-mainstream interest, then it's just either descriptive or self-deprecating.


    elsie
     
  15. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ditto on being entirely context driven! I'm prepared to take it as fooling around or with scarcasim.
     
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  16. GUNARCHER

    GUNARCHER Well-Known Member

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    One relpy:

    Yes I am a "gun nut" is that the only "N" word you use?
     
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  17. edslhead

    edslhead Vanc Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Silver Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  18. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    It depends on who is using the terminology and how they are using it.

    If it is another "gun nut" or someone like that, and they simply mean it in a non-derogatory way, then I take no offense.

    I never used to take *any* offense, but then people started to equate it with serial killers, insane people who do mass shootings, etc., and that is when I started to take offense when people used it as shorthand for someone with guns who is mentally unstable.
     
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  19. joken

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I consider it a badge of honor.
     
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  20. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Is considering a 2nd GP 100 make me a 'Gun Nut'? I own two Jeeps so I must be a 'Jeep Nut' then also. All kidding aside like others it depends on the context and company. It's easier to handle though than some of the other things I have heard.....
     
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