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  1. I've been asked the same question with a different slant "Why do I feel I need to carry a gun?". Answer: I don't "feel" anything, I carry because I can.

  3. #32
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    ElK Creek Kentucky
    I consider my gun a tool as much as anything else. My family's safety is utmost importance to me.

  4. Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.
    If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either
    convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of
    force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
    without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

    In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through
    persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and
    the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as
    paradoxical as it may sound to some.

    When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use
    reason and try to persuade me, because I I have a way to negate your threat
    or employment of force.

    The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal
    footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with
    a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload
    of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical
    strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

    There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force
    equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all
    guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a
    [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's
    potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative
    fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

    People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the
    young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a
    civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful
    living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

    Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that
    otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in
    several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the
    physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.
    People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal
    force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with
    a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works
    solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both
    are armed, the field is level.

    The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian
    as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as
    a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

    When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but
    because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot
    be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because
    it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who
    would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would
    do so by force. It removes force from the equation...

  5. Quote Originally Posted by glxedwards View Post
    I agree with above, I carry for the same reason I have fire extinguishers on my boat and in my home. I dont expect a fire, I dont want a fire, but if it happens I wish to be prepared.

    I concealed carry because open carry is illegal in NY.
    To add to this, carrying a gun is like wearing a seatbelt. I don't ever WANT to have to use it for its intended purpose but I want it there if I need to.

  6. #35
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    For safety but mainly because it is my legal right to do so.
    The yellow jester does not play but gently pulls the strings
    and smiles as the puppets dance in the Court of the Crimson King

  7. #36
    Join Date
    May 2010
    land of the free, home...
    I generaly agree with most motivations already posted, however for me it really comes down to one primary reality. My karate sucks

  8. #37
    its my 2A right, personal protection in a cruel world, and beacuse i took the test, passed it, and own guns, so why not carry them. plus texas has no open carry law (yet) so thats the way i carry untill oc is passed.

  9. #38
    I've been carrying concealed since 1991 and started to when a neighbor was robbed at gun point and then pistol whipped in front of his house after being followed home from the airport and a few weeks after that my cousin and his wife were also followed home after having diner and were beaten, tied and gaged and the house was ransacked and robed blind. Living in South Florida makes it a necessity to carry concealed. I thank God that in those 20 years I've only needed to pull my weapon on two occasions both of which were from the drivers seat of my vehicle, one occurred when I was threatened by a couple of gang bangers in front of me who would not move their car when the light turned green and I taped the horn for them to move , one went to the trunk and pulled out a base ball bat the other had a machete. needless to say the both turned around and left as soon as I pulled out my 1911. The other was also due to road rage and he had a tire iron but also decided to quit while he was ahead. He's another reason to carry, look at this video and see how every body just turns and runs away. this clerk was very, very lucky. just think of what a different outcome it would have been if one of those guys had a concealed weapon and yes this happened in So Flo.

    WSVN-TV - Woman speaks about CVS armed robbery
    Raul In Sunny Tavernier, The Florida Keys.
    Glock: Feed it dirt, it'll still work.
    CWFL. Speak softly and carry concealed!

  10. #39
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Daytona Beach, FL.
    In 2005, my brother and I found how easy it was to get a CCWP in Florida, so our interest in guns was rekindled after many years of being out of loop. We also have concerns about national and international situations and uncertainty, mostly though for personal protection.

  11. I'll turn 61 next month. Until about 5 years ago I lead a very active life, including studying and teaching a combat oriented martial art 3-4 times a week. I now have a heart issue that severely limits my endurance. I could probably still take a single attacker but I'm not going to be able to show any mercy. I'll have to use the most direct and deadly techniques I know. Against multiple attackers I'll be in trouble. So, all-in-all, I've just added another tool to the arsenal, but these days I prefer to have a stand-off weapon.

    Be Strong!

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