Guns.com Editorial - Why You Need to Carry a Gun

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    Guns.com Editorial - Why You Need to Carry a Gun

    Good article: EDITORIAL: This is Why You Need to Carry a Gun... - Guns.comGuns.com


    I like his comments on how carrying makes you look at the world differently.
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    Great Kid. Hope they catch the killers and show no mercy.

    I agree totally with the article. People just need to be more awake through their day.
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    ^^^^^^ this!

    I carry whenever and wherever I can. If I knew when the SHTF, I'd only carry then!
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    My first rule of concealed carry is to not go anywhere with my firearm that I would not go without it. That said, I agree with the writer that if you have a CC permit you should carry. I've been encouraged to do so by several LEOs I know. Regrettably, sometimes I'm going somewhere that I assume is completely safe (such as a friend's house) and I don't carry. Shame on me I guess. This is a good lesson for all of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenGoodLuck View Post
    ^^^^^^ this!

    I carry whenever and wherever I can. If I knew when the SHTF, I'd only carry then!
    Good advice Ben.
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    I thought this an excellent article on why a gun..... is civilized....

    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, thatís 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 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 gangbanger, and a single gay 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 weíd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the muggerís potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiatĖit has no validity when most of a muggerís 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 thatís 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 thereís 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 donít 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 thatís as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldnít work as well as a force equalizer if it wasnít both lethal and easily employable.

    When I carry a gun, I donít do so because I am looking for a fight, but because Iím looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I donít carry it because Iím afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesnít 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 equationÖand thatís why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenGoodLuck View Post
    ^^^^^^ this!

    I carry whenever and wherever I can. If I knew when the SHTF, I'd only carry then!
    Of course, you wouldn't need to carry then since you wouldn't be there. You'd be where it wasn't HTF.

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    Good article. He has a good handle on the realities of life. Hope the BG's are brought to justice soon.

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