I love carrying...
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These days strapping on the ...
July 23rd, 2011 06:41 PM
I have been carrying near 'bout every day since I was 21 & before Pennsylvania was a "Shall Issue" State.
These days strapping on the "daily carry" firearm is slightly less exciting than putting on my socks or shaving.
I still do have a continuing great love for fine firearms (in general) though as well as for the good ol' U.S. of A.
July 23rd, 2011 06:44 PM
Right there wid cha Thunder! I'm proud. Proud to be an American exercising my 2A right!
Happy birthday to the little lady too!
"He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." - Leonardo da Vinci
July 23rd, 2011 06:45 PM
There's not a day goes by that I don't a) Thank my lucky stars I got my CWP. b) Strap on my pistol. c) Consider the awesome responsibility that accompanies my decision to carry. d) Praise the rights we have in this country to self defense.
July 23rd, 2011 07:04 PM
This is a weird thread. When I clicked on it I really didn't expect it to turn into what I just read. Wow....
I understand the OP sentiments. I remember the first year or so that I carried. I was very happy that I lived in a state (Alabama at the time) where I could get a permit to carry. I was happy and a little proud that I was maybe better equipped to protect my wife and children. I did then and still do consider it my duty to protect my family in the best way possible at all times. If that means carrying a gun so be it.
I think some folks here have taken the statements of the OP the wrong way. I think I get where he is coming from.
Now, to be honest, I wish the world was a happy place where no one needed a gun because there were no bad people out there just waiting for the opportunity to do harm to innocent people. But we all know that's a load. There are many, many people out there just waiting for the right moment to strike out at you or me or anyone who happens by that they think they can take advantage of. And carrying makes you just a little better able to defend yourself and your family. But, it isn't the biggest part of being able to defend yourself and your family. Situational awareness, knowing the closest way out (an important skill to have is the ability to run away), having a plan for when the SHTF. All these and other things go into play long before the gun.
To Thunder71, I get where you are coming from. Don't sweat it. Go a head and be happy about being able to carry. You are among friends here brother.
Last edited by TN_Mike; July 23rd, 2011 at 09:45 PM.
July 23rd, 2011 07:07 PM
How is it hypocritical to say one doesn't like to carry?
Originally Posted by smolck
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my rights. I love my right to remain silent. I love my right not to incriminate myself. I love my right to a speedy trial. I love my right to carry firearms. I love my right to not have to testify against my spouse.
I WOULD NOT love to have to exercise any of those rights because it means something went horribly wrong.
There's nothing hypocritical in that.
July 23rd, 2011 07:32 PM
I can love that I can carry, even be excited about it sometimes, and still hate the idea of NEEDING to use it. All I have to do is read some of the news about Europe or Illinois to feel proud that I carry every day. I have a healthy fear of a gunfight, and don't ever want the life destroying events of a defensive shoot, but I can still grin at the nice pistol I have before I holster it and tuck my shirt over the MTAC it lives in.
I DO feel an obligation or duty to go armed. I work with a bunch of people who don't, and only one other person here carries to my knowledge. I work right on the edge of a part of town that has regular gang activity. I always wait till last to leave, just to make sure everyone makes it to the highway.
In other words, Lima, I understand and appreciate your point of view. I feel the same trepidation you do at the thought of having to draw my pistol. But I agree with Thunder. It's a good day.
July 23rd, 2011 07:44 PM
Originally Posted by smolck
No hypocrisy is exhibited on bbqgrill's post at all. Some perspective is called for. You just have to understand the context of the 20th chapter of Deuteronomy.
The Lord gave the children of Israel a job to do and that was to subjugate the land. The job cared a risk for some of them. It wasn't a walk in the park and nothing is said about individuals taking any delight in waging war. They had to obey if they wanted to possess the land.
I'm another who doesn't love to carry even though it's second nature for me to do so. It's a nuisance and I loathe a world where it may be necessary to go about armed. I'm grateful to be able to arm myself but it is no cause for celebration because human failings are the reason behind the need for arms. You brought up the Biblical aspect and that is one way to look at all this. The existence of sin requires the prudent person to carry for defense.
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“No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual carelessness of aim with the first shot.”
Theodore Roosevelt, The Wilderness Hunter, 1893
July 23rd, 2011 08:04 PM
My comment was a response to Lima and a joke about women not understanding the nuances of adult male psyche. Sorry if I hit a nerve.
I don't believe owning/carrying guns and having a sense of humor are mutually exclusive.
July 23rd, 2011 08:09 PM
I think he means he loves the fact that he has a means to protect himself and loved ones. Carrying is a big responsibility, and when I think of the aftermath, and the time in court, it almost makes me sick to my stomach to think that if I ever shoot somebody to protect myself, I'll have to live with it and the mental strain the rest of my life, not to mention the court fees. But it's better than being dead. And that's why I like carrying. Knowing that if it comes down to it, I have a fighting chance.
Carrying does give one a sense of power (for lack of a better word). But it's power that must not be misused. It gives one confidence, but it shouldn't make you cocky. There's a big difference.
But as far as actually carrying, it can be, at times, annoying and uncomfortable. But I do it anyway, not because it makes me feel like a touch guy. I still know how dangerous it is, even with my gun. My friends say things like "why are you scared, you have you gun" or "it's ok, Rich has his gun"... I roll my eyes and hope they understand that my Glock doesn't make me a super hero. Nor should they feel invincible just because they're with me.
Carrying a gun is a scary thing. Not because I"m afraid that it's going to go off into my leg, but just the consequences there are if you have to defend yourself. You have to be dang sure you're justified. Don't even think about drawing your gun unless you honestly think you're going to die. Taking a life is terrifying, and regrettable, even if it does save yours.
I got a little off topic. I'm about to leave the house, and strap on my Glock, just as I'd put on my socks, and my t-shirt. Hopefully I won't need it, but I'm happy that it's there if it's needed.
July 23rd, 2011 08:10 PM
For many years carry'n is like putting on my pants. Don't even think about it. I have 26 years of carry'n
July 23rd, 2011 08:13 PM
That's why most of my friends don't know I'm carrying all the time. They know I HAVE guns, and that I carry sometimes, but they don't know that I have an IWB tuckable holster :)
Originally Posted by RKM
And it makes me LESS cocky. By a long shot... One of Ayoob's books did that to me. Any mouthy comment or gesture that someone might take offense to could turn into a fight. Any fight can turn into a shoot if one or both of you is armed. And if you did ANYTHING to trigger it, you lose your position in the eyes of a court and/or a jury. My middle finger stays sheathed a lot more on the road now :)
July 23rd, 2011 08:16 PM
I like that video, because i like guns.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
July 23rd, 2011 08:28 PM
I read the original post the same way. I also understand Diddle's comments. Thank God we have the right to carry in our country. Wish I did not have to as it is a ton of responsibility and stress but I love my 2nd amendment rights and feel glad I "can" carry. I will defend myself and my family if needed. I Just pray I never have to. It does make one proud to be an American citizen and have rights. That's how I read it.
Originally Posted by JohnWFD
It's not a problem til they make it one!
July 23rd, 2011 08:34 PM
It's a shame we live in a society where we feel the need, but I'm glad we live in a place where we have the right!!!
I've always had an affinity for guns and shooting as I grew up shooting. I can't say I really enjoy carrying (a lot of responsibilities, attire considerations, having to read every door, walking back to the truck to lock it in the safe, not having a glass of wine with a nice dinner, etc.), but I do it, and I'm very glad that I have the right, the equipment, and the knowledge/skills to protect myself and my family. I enjoy spending time with my buddies shooting, going to gun shows, and talking firearms.
Consideringt the OP's state has just gotten with the program, I can understand how and why he feels the way he does. Congrats!!!!!
Know Guns, Know Safety, Know Peace.
No Guns, No Safety, No Peace.
July 23rd, 2011 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by limatunes
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