If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.
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If you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.
"Because it is much easier than carrying a police officer."
"I grew up hunting and shooting. In the US, I'm given the right and opportunity to carry, and if I chose not to and something terrible happened to my family I could never forgive myself."
Know Guns, Know Safety, Know Peace.
No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.
Guns are like sex and air...its no big deal until YOU can't get any.
Some people just need shootin'.
It can happen anytime, anywhere.
When asked, I tell people I made a promise and have an obligation to keep my family safe. this is the method I choose to use. Then I ask, what are you doing to ensure your family members are safe? Most people ask (based on my experiences) because they want to explore the idea, not try to change our minds. I see it as a way to help bring someone to understand why we do what we do.
My wife and I carry because we have 5 children and we will not let anyone take any of them from us, nor will we let anyone make them orphans. And even if we didn't have kids, our lives are valuable to us as well.
We answer the question along those lines usually.
I usually get them to admit that there are times when they get worried about their safety (late at night, not many people around, etc). Then add, would you feel safer if you had a firearm? If they say no, then I reply, well then you should not carry. I feel safer in those situations when I carry.
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Glock G31 & G33 with .357 Sig 125 GR. SXT Winchester Ranger
If I know I've been asked that question by someone who does not care what my answer is, I look at them and ask them, "Well, what are you going to do when the zombies come?"
People purchase guns out of necessity, much the same way they buy accident insurance and fire extinguishers. Fortunately, unlike other emergency management tools, firearms readily lend themselves to non-emergency uses.
The most important purpose of personal arms is self-defense. The definition and reality of self-defense is reluctant participation. The same people who learn to handle firearms, usually hold certifcates in First Aid and CPR. That does not mean that they are just waiting for others to choke or suffer a heart attack. However, if someone around them does have a problem, they can help
If only firearms were outlawed, many social problems will disappear.
Firearms are tools, not causes. By the same logic, banning needles will prevent drug use. In reality, druggies would use alternate delivery methods, while diabetics who need needles to inject insulin would be out of luck.
Guns are too effective for protection. Adherents of that theory advocate tear gas or tasers. Come again? They are asking you to handle the situations for which police require shotguns, body armor and superior numbers alone, with only marginally effective tools at your disposal.
Psychopaths intent on mass murder can and have used other means, such as gasoline, explosives, knives and garrots. Normal people concerned about concequences of their actions are not likely to kill on a whim. Even a justified homicide (such as to prevent a mugging) would entail legal expenses in excess of $10,000. A wrongful killing would likely land the perpetrator in prison. For these reasons, every gun owner I know is more polite when carrying a firearm; responsibility and restraint are practiced most deliberately.
Here is a very thought provoking site to help you answer.
Fight, Flight or Surrender?
U.S. Department of Justice Carjacking Report
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Carjacking, 1993-2002 Report, there was on average 38,000 carjackings per year during this period. See report at Bureau of Justice Statistics Carjacking, 1993-2002
Here are some statistics obtained from this report:
Men were more often victimized than women; blacks more than whites; and Hispanics more than non-Hispanics.
93% occurred in cities or suburbs.
74% involved weapons used by the criminal (45% firearms, 11% knives, and 18% other weapons).
66% of victims resisted.
32% of victims of completed carjackings and 17% of victims of attempted carjackings were injured.
Serious injuries (e.g., gunshot, knife wound, broken bones, or internal injuries) to victims occurred in about 9% of carjackings.
Victims hospitalized in about 1% of carjackings.
56% of carjackings committed by multiple criminals.
93% committed by male offenders.
Offenders were described as:
68% of carjackings occurred between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (night).
Type of area where carjacking occurred:
Open area (street, or near public transportation) 44%
Parking lots or garages or near commercial places 24%
At or near home 17%
Within 5 miles of victims home 63%
Property recovered 78% of time.
On the Brady Bill, Waiting periods and other licensing proposals
"Get a gun. I don't think law enforcement can always protect (residents)."
Sheriff Jake Miller, Brevard County, Florida,
Sigmund Freud: "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
The list is endless and all you have to do is search the internet for things to help you justify why.
Most important one has been mentioned,
So I can go home to my family, and continue to provide for them.
Tell them about Channon Christian and her boyfriend Christopher Newsom.
If that doesn't get them packin' , they are true anti-gun pukes. Info below at these websites.
Channon Christian, Christopher Newsom murders News for Knoxville, TN from Knoxville News Sentinel
The Killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your
own gun."His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to defeat the British, He shot them!
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy." -- Ernest Benn
This is exactly what I wrote on the matter in this post a few weeks ago....
An old school friend commented on one of my pictures of me doing a Yoga pose with my Glock 19 strapped to my hip. After confirming that it was, indeed, a gun, she asked, "Why?"
This is not a stupid or ignorant question. Often, when I see people ask this question I watch the responses from my fellow gun toters and I have to cringe at how defensive, sarcastic and sometimes flat out mean they can be.
"Why" is not only NOT a stupid question it is a fantastic question. It is the mother load of all questions and one of the founding questions for knowledge, betterment and furthering in understanding.
Some "why" questions can be answered by science or reason or math or faith. But the answer to "Why carry a gun?" is as unique as the person being asked. One thing all questions of "why" have in common that they are all worthy of serious consideration and an honest appraisal by the person doing the answering. After all, in our cases, we might have to answer that question in court some day so we might as well have our serious (and non-flippant) answer ready to be given.
The reasons people carry guns are vast. Sometimes it springs from past evils and people carry to protect against a future revisitation of evil. At times the news of evil visited on others is enough to make people aware of the potential for harm and so they arm themselves. Other times there is a clear threat that frightens someone into being armed. For others still it's nothing more than an exercise in their constitutional rights.
Upon seeing this simple word, "Why" and question mark I decided to reexamine my own personal reasons for being armed and to give my own personal answer to the question posed to me.
Truth be told, I've answered this question a million times in a million different ways but when all the chaff and dust is blown away it all comes down to one word with enormous weight: responsibility.
I, and I alone, am responsible for my life.
I was taught to take responsibility for my actions (good or bad), my things, my money, my body, my diet, my health. I sometimes think we forget to teach our children to take responsibility for their own safety (when they can physically, morally, mentally, emotionally and legally do so). I certainly wasn't taught that. It was something I had to learn on my own.
When I was young my parents used to tell me, "Stay in public. Public places are safe." The idea was that other people would intervene and that bad people are less inclined to act in public. Like all very dangerous concepts, this one has smatterings of truth in that people COULD intervene (if they choose to do so) and attackers COULD be less likely to attack in public though we are all seeing how brazen attackers are being these days.
The fact of the matter is that I could be beaten to death in the middle of the street with dozens of witnesses watching and they can all go home at the end of the day and justify the reasons they didn't get involved and probably live a long life with nothing more to say about the incident than, "Wow, it was awful. I saw the whole thing. Someone should have saved that poor girl but I couldn't because..." insert excuse here. And I wouldn't blame them. Seriously, I wouldn't. Because it's not their responsibility to save me. I am capable, healthy, sane, whole and there is no reason why anyone would have to take responsibility for me when I am capable of doing it myself. If they choose to get involved it's out of the kindness of their heart.
My life is not even the responsibility of police officers. A police officer has every right to look at a situation, evaluate that it is too much for him to handle alone and wait in the wings for backup to arrive while he watches a brutal crime being committed. He has no legal responsibility for me.
There are people for whom others willingly take responsibility, of course. Young children, whom are under the responsibility of their parents for protection and guidance until they can do it themselves; the elderly, who may be incapable or the mentally defective or disabled; we choose to share the responsibility for their lives and it is a noble thing for us to do. Being a mother I know personally what a wonderful responsibility children are. I welcome it as I welcome the responsibility of my marriage and keeping myself and my heart for my husband and even in sharing in the responsibility of his life as he does for me. These are not burdens as much as they are joys but they are GREAT responsibilities.
Sadly, some governments try to take the responsibility of safety away from their citizenry when they simply cannot fulfill the burden of that responsibility by the fact that there will never be a suitable ratio to protect everyone or the ability to fulfill every need.
Sadder still is that some people shirk their responsibilities by choice. People choose not to care for their elderly family. They abandon the ill or even their own children. They walk away from their marriages. They blame others for their actions. They blame McDonalds for getting fat. They blame the government for their poor spending habits. They blame the police for failing to protect them when things go south. They blame everyone but themselves because they believe it will some how assuage them of the penalties of those responsibilities. I mean, who wants to pay their credit card bills when you can blame the credit card companies and try to make a settlement? Who wants to pay the speeding ticket when you can blame the poorly placed sign?
But in the world of carrying a gun, the responsibilities reach into life and death, literally. Who really WANTS to weigh the weight of a human life? Who really WANTS to take that life? Who really WANTS to sit there at night and wonder if there could have been any way, ANY WAY, to have not have had to do what was done? Who WANTS to think about the family of a life they took in favor of their own? Who wants that?
I don't. I really and truly don't. And so I truly understand the compulsion of others to throw off that responsibility on others. The gravity of responsibility of armed safety is one that I considered deeply and that I have felt with an almost physical weight. It is heavy because IT IS the responsibility of life itself and I would be lying if I said there weren't times I wanted to force that responsibility on others as well. Anyone who has TRULY considered what they are taking on by being an armed citizen should be humbled by such a responsibility.
But I can't ask someone else to take responsibility for what, by nature, is mine and mine alone. I certainly can't.. won't ask someone else to make those kind of decisions for me. To ask someone else to bear the burdens of deciding life and death in my stead when it is my life on the line would be irresponsible of me. This is my life. I am responsible for it and that includes making those tough decisions for myself, my safety and what I need to do to protect myself and my life. It also means accepting the penalties of those decisions whether they be legal or emotional. And, for me, it means arming myself so that I have a better chance of continuing to fulfill my other responsibilities as a wife and mother and daughter and sister and friend.
And with that comes a further responsibility to be trained in the use of my firearm so that I can be safe and competent should I need it (God forbid).
Yes, there are those who have chosen to take on the responsibility of other people's safety when they can and I thank God for them. Law enforcement, military.. their sacrifice and dedication to people who are unwilling or unable to take on the responsibility of their own lives and safety is commendable. I honor them. But they can't be everywhere and, no matter how devoted, none of them will ever care as much about me and my life and my safety as I can and do.
Other brave souls can't always be here, I can. They can't make some of the decisions that I must, so I will. They can't protect me, so I am protecting myself.
Well, after being involved in Law Enforcement, I quickly learned that everyone out there is not the nicest person you might want to meet, and not at all concerned with your well being, or that of your family.
You can educate ignorance, you can't fix stupid
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Anyone who would already know that I'm always armed would never ask me "Why?". Those who don't know, would never be in a position to ask...so, the questions really has never come up.
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
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In 21 years of carrying a sidearm, I honestly have never been asked that question.
I'm the type of guy who tells you how to build a clock when asked what time it is, so maybe people who know me just avoid that topic altogether.
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No one knows. If they ever find out, the question would have answered itself by then so the'll be no need for them to ask. Meaning if I ever have to use it in defense of self or family (hopefully never) then the answer will be self evident.
Why do you need it ? " I hope I don't, but if I do .... I'm prepared, what about you ? ".
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Chief Justice John Roberts : "I don't see how you can read Heller and not take away from it the notion that the Second Amendment...was extremely important to the framers in their view of what liberty meant."