17 Shocking Confessions From Gun Owners That’ll Really Make You Think

The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution grants Americans the right to bear arms, but in the wake of recent events, the war over gun control has become a hot-button issue.

With factors such as media attention and political pressures adding fuel to the fire, the issue of gun control has unfortunately divided the nation. No matter your opinion on the topic, however, the fact remains that every responsible gun owner in the country has a reason behind their decision.

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); });

To shed light on their own experiences with guns, here are 17 confessions from people who bear arms that might just surprise you.

I
I
Yes
As
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCI1_BTF’); });

I
Whenever
As
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCI2_BTF’); });

I
I
A
I
Hate
I

No matter which side of the issue you stand on, you’re living in a world full of illusions if you think change will come without making your voice heard.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/gun-owner-confessions/

I Had No Idea This Was The World’s Scariest Job, But It Actually Makes Sense.

Take a minute. What’s the scariest job that you can possibly imagine yourself having? If you’re like a majority of Americans, the scary job you thought of was being a politician. Yep, that’s right, Americans are afraid of being politicians. This is according to a survey of 56,857 Americans conducted by the jobs website CareerBuilder.com.

If being a politician is at the top of people’s scary jobs lists, what other terrifying positions are in the top 10? I think you’re going to be surprised. 

10.) Parent.

There are more parental jobs in the United States than you can count. But being a parent makes people nervous for well…pick a reason. There are so many.

9.) Stand-Up Comedian.

40 percent of Americans are afraid of public speaking. So it only makes sense that those people would also be deathly afraid of performing in public whether it’s as a comedian or some other form of entertainment.

8.) Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Technicians. 

Do you have a fear of heights? Well then this job is definitely not for you. I personally couldn’t imagine spending my days strapped to the top of a giant structure trying to install expensive, high tech equipment. 

7.) Mortician. 

I think it’s telling of the real fears of Americans that this job is so far down the list. Nevertheless it is a pretty creepy job to have, especially if you’re afraid of zombies. The morticians are always the first ones to go in zombie movies.

6.) Animal Trainer.

This one might depend a bit on which animals you’re trying to train. I think it’d be less terrifying to train puppies, than it would be to train sharks or tigers. Then again, maybe not much if you have allergies. 

5.) Crime Scene Investigator.

For this job most people say they’re afraid of the blood, and the disappointment of telling people that the job is nothing like it is on TV. 

4.) Kindergarten Teacher.

I totally understand this one. Have you ever seen a room full of kindergartens that wasn’t in, or near total chaos? These teachers are the bravest among us. Not to mention all those little kid germs. Yuck.

3.) Security Guard At Teen Pop Concerts.

People say that this job scares them because of the fear of being stampeded by hoards of screaming tweens. I also share this fear.

2.) Microbiologist.

One word explains why people are afraid of this job: Ebola.

1.) Politician.

Yes, being a politician is the scariest job to have in America. I suppose it’s not hard to see why. It’s the perfect storm of the fear of public speaking, rejection, and a huge level of accountability. Yeah thanks, but no thanks.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

To be honest, I expected more people to be afraid of being a stand-up comedian than a politician. I suppose we can at least thank our elected officials for taking on the jobs that no one really wants, right?

Read more: http://viralnova.com/the-worlds-scariest-jobs/

21 Things About America That Most Americans Don’t Realize.

Some Americans have trouble remembering the words to the Star Spangled Banner and that is like the most basic American thing to know. It would be asking a little much to have the populace dig deeper and find out more weird things about our country. So sit back and relax, we’ve done all the research for you and I’ve provided this neat little compendium of strange but true facts about America. Educate yourself!

1.) 1 out of every 8 Americans have been employed by McDonald’s at some point.

2.) Apple has more money than the U.S. Treasury.

3.) In Montana, cows out number people 3 to 1.

4.) 1 American consumes the same amount of resources as 32 Kenyans.

5.) The first person to own a slave in America was a black man.

6.) College athletes are treated like celebrities. In reality, they are just students taking part in an extracurricular activity.

7.) Though most Americans speak English, we have no official national language.

8.) 1 out every 3 Americans is obese.

9.) Roughly 25% of Americans believe in reincarnation.

10.) It is actually completely legal for underage kids to smoke cigarettes, but it is illegal for them to purchase them.

11.) Medical errors are the 6th leading cause of death in the US.

12.) Virginia has birthed more presidents than any other state.

13.) 27% of Americans don’t believe we landed on the moon.

14.) If you have $10 in your pocket and no debt, you are wealthier than 25% of Americans.

15.) 100 acres of pizza are served in the US every day.

16.) Americans spend roughly 4.4 years of their life at each of their jobs.

17.) The Library of Congress is keeping an archive of every tweet ever tweeted.

18.) During prohibition the government started poisoning beer, which led to thousands of deaths.

19.) 40% of births in America are from unmarried women.

20.) 22 million chickens are consumed in the US every day.

21.) America is one of the only countries to display their flag almost everywhere.

 

America certainly is a great country and after learning some of these facts, I feel better about myself and more educated about this great land. Share this post if you’re proud to be an American. If you don’t share it, I’m just going to assume you hate America and I’ll have to tell you to GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY! 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/america-facts/

19 Bars In America You Should Drink At Before You Die

♫ From sea to shining sea. ♫

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the coolest bar they’ve ever been to. Here are their responses:

1. The Tunnel Bar — Northampton, Massachusetts

The Tunnel Bar is built underground in an old pedestrian tunnel. The arched stone walls, sleek bar, and big, comfy chairs make it the ideal place for a classy evening out. I’d kill to go back there.”

—submitted by Bergin Smith, Facebook

2. The Carousel Bar & Lounge — New Orleans

The Carousel Bar & Lounge in Hotel Monteleone is a French Quarter staple, having been in business for 65 years. Inside, visitors can enjoy a cocktail while going for a spin on the gorgeous merry-go-round.

—submitted by Trina Bazzell, Facebook

3. Good Times at Davey Wayne’s — Los Angeles

 

“When you drive up to the house, it looks like there’s a garage sale going on. You tell the attendant sitting in the lawn chair that you’re there to party. You then walk into the garage and enter the bar through a refrigerator. You’re suddenly in the living room, where it’s basically the 1970s!”

—submitted by carvajaldiez

4. The View Lounge — San Francisco

Flickr: Marriott International / Via Flickr: marriott

The View Lounge, perched atop the Marriott Marquis hotel, offers enchanting views of the San Francisco Bay area, a whole 39 floors above the hubbub of the streets below. The lounge just reopened in January 2015 after extensive renovations.

—submitted by Sarah J. Morris, Facebook

5. Please Don’t Tell — New York City

Flickr: John / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: johnjoh

 

“To enter this East Village speakeasy, you actually go through a secret door inside a phone booth after giving them a ring. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere, awesome eats, and amazing drinks (the bacon-infused bourbon Old-Fashioned is a favorite). It’s reservations only.”

—submitted by True Burns, Facebook

6. Minus5 Ice Bar — Las Vegas

“Everything inside is made of ice, and before you go inside they give you huge coats to wear. It’s a pretty cool place.” There are two locations in Las Vegas, at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo, plus one location each in New York, Orlando, and Grand Cayman.

—submitted by Haleigh Rice, Facebook

7. The Signature Lounge — Chicago

Flickr: Andrew Seaman / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: inthe-arena

“On the 96th floor of the John Hancock Center, the Signature Lounge overlooks the heart of the Loop, providing amazing views of the city during the day or night. Drinks are a little pricey, but well worth it.”

—submitted by Kyle Johnson, Facebook

8. No Vacancy — Hollywood

 

No Vacancy features a speakeasy theme, burlesque dancers, and a live band!”

—submitted by Mary Kay O’Connor, Facebook

9. Percy’s & Co. — Seattle

Percy’s in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle has an old-timey feel, with wood and brick throughout. They serve up the most amazing drinks, made with herbs and produce they grow themselves.”

—submitted by melaniec4322cface

10. Clockwork — Raleigh, North Carolina

“The decor and the patterns on the walls at Clockwork are absolutely stunning, and the huge gold statues and retro furniture are icing on the cake. Plus, they make phenomenal cocktails with ’70s-inspired names like The Pussy Galore and Who Loves You Baby.”

—submitted by monicac4216b8e75

11. The Laundry Room — Las Vegas

The Laundry Room is a hole-in-the-wall speakeasy tucked inside Commonwealth Bar. You need a secret code to get in — it’s texted to you with your reservation. They make amazing custom drinks and give you something unique if you don’t see anything you like from the menu.”

—submitted by maryfs2

12. The Way Station — Brooklyn, New York

 

“At this Doctor Who-themed bar, the bathroom is in a TARDIS, there’s a ton of Doctor Who decor, and there are even Whovian-themed drinks!”

—submitted by desireep4f89dab91

13. Punch Bowl Social — Denver

So you want to play arcade games, but you also want to go bowling, and you also want to have a drink? You can do all three at Punch Bowl Social, which also has locations in Austin, Portland, and Detroit.

—submitted by abbeyvandez

14. Seacrets — Ocean City, Maryland

Flickr: Jim Allen / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: jhallen59

Seacrets is very low-key, but it’s a super cool place. You sit in tubes and tables that are actually in the water, and drinks are brought out to you.”

—submitted by Lauren Danielle Morales, Facebook

15. Noble Experiment — San Diego

Flickr: Venus Kitastojgawasic / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: djvenus

The wall of this East Village speakeasy may be lined with golden skulls, but Noble Experiment is anything but dead when night falls. It’s a must-see in San Diego, but make sure you make a reservation: The bar seats only 35 people at a time.

—submitted by mckennak4541b8779

16. The Unicorn Bar — Seattle

Flickr: Andy Pixel / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: smull

The Unicorn Bar, an aptly named carnival-themed bar in Seattle, features an arcade, a claw machine, and a photo booth. One thing’s for sure: You’ll definitely never be bored here.

—submitted by alicek4d4b3c09b

17. Manifesto — Kansas City, Missouri

Manifesto is a speakeasy in the basement of the Reiger Hotel. Their cocktails are perfectly balanced and crafted, and they’re incredibly delicious. They’ve got an extensive menu with seasonal selections and Kansas City-inspired cocktails. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time.”

—submitted by Lynn Driscoll, Facebook

18. The Safe House — Milwaukee

Flickr: Ashleigh Bennett / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: ashleighb77

We’re about to tell you a secret, so listen up: If you’re in Milwaukee, make sure you check out this spy-themed bar, which operates under the guise of International Exports Ltd. And if you’re hungry, check out its “Cloak & Dagger Spycialties.”

—submitted by Jennifer Klumpp, Facebook

19. Founding Fathers Pub — Buffalo

Flickr: Mark Hogan / Creative Commons / Via Flickr: markhogan

“The entire bar is decorated with flags and pictures of presidents. Don’t be surprised if the bartender asks you some trivia questions when you walk into the bar.”

—submitted by rachels43751e1cd

Want to be featured in similar BuzzFeed posts? Follow the BuzzFeed Community on Facebook and Twitter!

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jonmichaelpoff/bars-in-america-you-should-drink-at-before-you-die

An All-American BuzzReads Reading List

Before you hit the road or the beach this weekend, take along these stories, which capture the people, culture, politics, and history of the U.S.A.

Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed

1. The Chef Who’s Leading The Backlash Against Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law by Wyatt Williams

Photograph by David Bertozzi for BuzzFeed

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, Mississippi is enacting a law that could sanction anti-LGBT discrimination. Can the state’s most prominent chef and cultural ambassador help keep his adoptive home from repeating its ugly past?

2. Joe Dorsey’s Big Fight: How An Unknown Boxer Knocked Out Segregation In Louisiana by Steve Knopper

Courtesy Johnson Publishing Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

In 1955, an African-American boxer in New Orleans named Joe Dorsey sued the state of Louisiana for the right to fight against white opponents. What started out as a chance to advance his career wound up changing sports and culture in the state forever.

3. Failure To Launch: How New Mexico Is Paying For Richard Branson’s Space Tourism Fantasy by Joshua Wheeler

John Gara / BuzzFeed

One of the poorest states in the nation has invested nearly a quarter of a billion dollars and 10 years in creating a hub for Richard Branson’s space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. Some see it as the crown jewel of a new space age while others call it a carnival for the 1 percent — but with persistent delays and mounting financial strain, Spaceport America is just trying to avoid becoming New Mexico’s costliest, most futuristic ghost town.

4. The Low-Budget, High-Pressure Life Of An MLS Rookie by David Peisner

Photograph by Emily Berl for BuzzFeed

Major League Soccer is the only pro sports league in America where superstars can earn 140 times more than their teammates. How much longer will it be able to convince talented, internationally coveted young players like the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Kofi Opare to stay in the U.S. for $35,000 a year?

5. Fighting For Hip-Hop In The Whitest City In America by Arianna Rebolini

Yousef Hatlani / facesontheradio.com

Portland, Ore., is known as a haven for progressive culture. So why does it seem like police consider rappers and their fans a threat to the city’s specific brand of weird?

6. Wildcatting: A Stripper’s Guide to the Modern American Boomtown by Susan Elizabeth Shepard

Susan Elizabeth Shepard

Nothing is more emblematic of the American dream than chaotic mining and drilling towns such as Williston, North Dakota, and the people who flock to them in search of fortune. And no one knows better how these communities work — and don’t — than the traveling topless dancer.

7. William Suess Thought He Was An American Until The Day He Was Deported by Mike Giglio

John Gara / BuzzFeed

Born in Germany but raised in Missouri, “Wild Bill” Suess served in the Army, then did time for various crimes. But he didn’t know what prison really was until strict immigration laws left him to fend for himself at a grim shelter in a foreign country he was now forced to call home.

8. Pastor Andrew Hamblin Would Rather Die Or Go To Jail Than Give Up Handling Snakes by Gemma de Choisy

Photograph by Shawn Poynter for BuzzFeed

As part of a traditional Appalachian sect, the 22-year-old church leader illegally handled venomous snakes — and starred on the reality TV show Snake Salvation — until wildlife authorities seized them all. Risking his life and his livelihood, he’s taking a stand in the name of Jesus, and, he argues, in the name of religious freedom.

9. How An Ohio Housewife Flew Around The World, Made History, And Was Then Forgotten by Amy Saunders

Sheldon Ross / The Columbus Dispatch, © Dispatch Printing Company / Via dispatch.com

Jerrie Mock was a 38-year-old housewife from Columbus, Ohio, when 50 years ago she accomplished what Amelia Earhart is famous for having failed to do. But, in the decades since, as Mock’s life began to unravel, history all but forgot the pilot who made it.

10. Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500 by Drew Philp

Photograph by Mike Williams

After college, as his friends left Michigan for better opportunities, the 23-year-old author was determined to help fix a broken, chaotic city by building his own home in the middle of it.

11. The Eel World: Inside Maine’s Wild Elver Turf War by Peter Andrey Smith

Photograph by Jenny Calivas

In an economically depressed Maine county, Bill Sheldon is the kingpin of a $40 million baby-eel industry that may be doomed to extinction. Find out what happens when a community full of armed fishermen and elver dealers stop being polite and start getting real.

12. Takeru Kobayashi’s Declaration Of Independence by Emily Fleischaker

Macey J. Foronda

Last July, for the fourth year in a row, the Nathan’s 4th of July hot dog-eating contest was without its original superstar thanks to an ongoing, bilious contract dispute. It’s hard to prove you’re still the champ when you don’t have any opponents, and it’s hard to plan your future when your golden opportunity implodes in scandal.

13. 60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History by Gregory D. Johnsen

John Gara / BuzzFeed

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

14. Gored In The U.S.A.: The Running Of The Bulls Comes To America by Wyatt Williams

Photograph by Nick Ghobashi for BuzzFeed

Two enterprising ex-lawyers are risking their livelihoods to reinvent a centuries-old Spanish tradition for thrill-seeking weekend warriors. But what are the long-term prospects for a venture that relies on its customers getting trampled by large, angry animals?

15. Dispatches From The Front Line Of Florida’s Wild Python Hunt by Amanda Petrusich

Adam Setala

The monthlong Python Challenge in the Everglades is part controversial preservationist initiative, part sensationalistic media stunt, and all slinking through swamps trying to kill giant deadly reptiles.

Sign up for our BuzzReads email, and you’ll get our best feature stories every Sunday — plus other great stories from around the web!

View this embed ›

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/sandraeallen/an-all-american-buzzreads-reading-list

Here Are Some Things You Didn’t Know About Ronald Reagan.

Ronald Reagan died in 2004, but to this day he is an idol to conservative political leaders. But how much did we really know about him? How much do we really know about any president? Given the nature and security of the job, they are all bound to have some secrets.

Here are some Ronald Reagan facts that you might have known… but some you definitely didn’t.

His favorite cologne was Royal Briar.

His favorite president was George Washington.

The guy hated brussels sprouts!

He was hard of hearing in the right ear after a gun shot incident during the filming of a movie.

Favorite book: the Bible.

As a kid they called him “Dutch” either because his father said he looked like a little dutch boy or because the popular style of haircut for boys at the time was called “the dutch”.

Favorite childhood book: the Bible.

Ronald Reagan’s favorite musical soundtrack was The Sound of Music.

Fact: because of his ‘ruddy skin’ Reagan rarely had to have make-up applied during his time as an actor.

His nickname was “The Gipper” after his role of ‘George Gip’ in the movie Knute Rockne.

His first car was a 1934 Nash Lafayette Coupe.

Reagan wore glasses in high school, but just as he was becoming an actor, contact lenses became available for the first time.

At fourteen Ronald was hired by a construction contractor to dig ditches ten hours a day, six days a week for a wage of 35 cents per hour. He used that money to save enough for his college tuition which was $200. Way to go Ron!

His favorite comic strip was Peanuts.

The Gipper LOVED jelly-beans.

His favorite recipe was apple cider.

And finally, his favorite tree was the sycamore.

I don’t know about you, but I hope J.J Abrams works in Reagan’s Strategic Defensive Initiative into the new Star Wars. Lasers, man! If you love the Gipper, give this a share on Facebook!

Read more: http://viralnova.com/ronald-reagan/