i'm a big hunter and shooter. pro-gun all the way. own lots of them. yadda yadda...
but to answer ken's question specifically (and sound like all the "is this primal" loonies on this site) guns are not primal. they aren't paleolithic creations at all. grok didn't have a gun, etc. food for thought. lol...
But Grok always had the latest and greatest weapons of his time, whether it be a simple wood spear, spear with flint spearhead, a flint knife, maybe a sling sometimes?
I've got 2 safes full of guns, and yeah, I believe they are primal. Self defense and hunting are primal necessities.
I can't imagine living in a place where I felt I needed a gun for protection. If I did, I think I would move. There's a lot of statistics-counterstatistics" that make it uncertain whether owning a gun for protection even makes you safer at all. Owning a gun makes you more likely to get shot, and more guns in a community usually means more suicides and more accidental deaths. A lot depends on how you interpret data, but I think in this day and age there are better mechanisms for protection.
As for hunting, while not strictly necessary for most of us, I see nothing wrong with it. I come from a community where fishing, hunting, snaring is the norm. Are these activities good for us? Maybe. There's the risk of hunting accidents, and hunting is probably not even that economically friendly, considering time and supplies. It might be better for your health to walk to the store.
Hunting around here in much of MD and VA could be considered ecologically friendly. In a sense. Not that I am arguing with you prufock. The problem in this region at this time is that the deer lack predators. So, after some time their population hits critical mass and we run into a problem with them having enough to eat. Much of the woodland around here was, at one point during a hunting ban, stripped bare, with deer chancing brambles and treebark. My father commented years back remembering hunters (then poachers, because the hunt was illegal) finding cannibalized deer carcasses, though I'm not sure how much truth there is in that. So we prey on them around here in an effort to keep them from reaching critical mass. Seeing deer in areas where hunting is still illegal reveals some awfully sickly looking ones.
That said, I have never hunted. I'm not competent enough to dress the animal, and the hell if I'm going to kill a food animal I'm not going to eat.
The lack of wolves, bears, and cougars means prey must be hunted to keep deer populations healthy.
Yes, but only spear and stone axe's...
Owning a gun makes you more likely to get shot? I wouldn't discount it. Then again, owning a car makes you more likely to get into a car accident, and I wouldn't consider that a reasonable argument against car ownership. As for suicides - it's been my experience that when someone wants to kill themselves, they'll do it regardless of the presence of a gun. The suicide rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world, despite the lack of firearms.There's a lot of statistics-counterstatistics" that make it uncertain whether owning a gun for protection even makes you safer at all. Owning a gun makes you more likely to get shot, and more guns in a community usually means more suicides and more accidental deaths. A lot depends on how you interpret data, but I think in this day and age there are better mechanisms for protection.
I'm inferring from the tone of your post that you've never been in a defensive situation where you needed a gun (correct me if I'm wrong). If so, good. I sincerely hope that you never are in one. Let me tell you, though - unless you can guarantee that you'll be bigger, stronger and a better fighter than someone who wishes you harm, unless you can guarantee that they won't be armed, unless you can guarantee that there'll only be one person...there's no self-defense substitute for a firearm. And you CAN'T guarantee any of that. It's the nature of the beast.
And I don't know what supplies you're thinking of, but given the price of GF meat vs. a 30-06 + processing fee, I'd call it economically friendly.
Also, if you go outside the city, rural areas often have issues with snakes, coyotes, cougars, foxes and other animals that you're not necessarily hunting but shooting to protect yourself, your children or your livestock.
I live in Nevada, and we have very loose gun laws. We have open carry without a permit for pretty much anyone that isn't a felon or the like. Concealed carry is by permit and, unlike some other states/counties, you can apply for a permit, take the test and actually get one.
So you would think we'd have a ton of murders. We don't. According to the CDC, murder is way down on the list of reasons people die.
Ranked from most common to least in my state, we've got heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, stroke, accidents of all kinds (mostly poisoning and auto accidents), Alzheimer's, diabetes, flu (and pneumonia), kidney disease, suicide (all forms), Septicemia, liver disease/cirrhosis, hypertension, Parkinson's, and then we finally get to assault (all kinds) at #15.
Most people die because of the foods they eat, the drugs they take (both illegal and prescribed), not from firearms. Just heart disease and cancer alone make up half of all the deaths in my state, and we've got a whole lot of guns.
To put it another way, most of us are packing, but twice as many people die from accidental falls as die from gunshot wounds here.