October 15th, 2007 01:36 PM
Why do you carry a gun?
Found this story at American Handgunner thought some of you would like
“Why do you carry a gun?”
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been asked that question, I’d have, uh … as many guns as his firearm-festooned Editorial Immenseness, Roy-Boy. It’s been asked of me by all flavors of folks in all slices of society, with attitudes and expressions ranging from angry-arrogant to curtly-contemptuous, to brainless an’ befuddled. My answers to it have sorta formed three phases in my professional gun-carrying life. During that first and longest phase, I answered all of ’em sincerely and articulately, often following up with stacks of historic and legal documents. After many years, I concluded only a semi-significant sliver of people even heard what I was sayin’. The rest had already made up their muddled minds.
Finally, I just got sick of it, and moved on to Phase 2. If those asking seemed to have teensy open spaces in their minds, I gave ’em S & A: “Sincere & Articulate.” The more harshly-bleating sheep, however, often got exchanges like this:
“So,” queried Snidely Snotworth III, lookin’ down his un-busted but needed-bustin’ nose, “Why do you think you have to carry a gun?”
“Well,” bellowed the Brutish Neanderthal (that would be me): “Because you’re not QUALIFIED to carry one. You haven’t got the skills, the judgment, the sense of responsibility, or the courage for it.”
This answer often popped out after I’d just returned from some Heart-Of-Darkness where every living soul knew that the difference between slaves and free people is having the means and determination to defend their lives, property and liberties. That meant having guns and guts and God-given rights. Most of those people would quite literally die fighting for the freedoms so many Americans casually give away, and proudly bear social responsibilities those sheeple* won’t even recognize.
*Sheeple: Sheep-like people, many of whom deny the existence of wolves, and vote to pull the teeth of the sheepdogs who protect the flock.
Then I matriculated to Phase 3, where I started having some fun with the Snidely Snotworth types. When they asked the Big Question, I’d go all hunchy-shouldered an’ secretive, then lean in close and mutter, “Because of the voices, ya know?” “The VOICES?” sniveled the Snidelies, suddenly scaredy-cattish. “Oh, yeah, the voices … They told me to be, you know, prepared for when the killer clowns come … ” I’d furtively goggle around. “The voices say the killer clowns are comin’ … They’re cannibals, some of ’em, and … ”
About that time the Snidelies would be skitterin’ away like mice on polished marble.
Yeah, I know, the “killer clowns” answer might not have been “helpful,” but it did just as much good as giving S&A answers to the sheeple, and it was a lot more fun for me. I know you already know why we carry these cannons. But sometimes, just sometimes, we all need a little reminder. That includes me, and I’ve got one to share with you. One that got me where I live.
The Connor Clan has been nomadic, and we’ve lived in a number of places. In one of ’em, we shared a side yard and friendship with a young woman we’ll call Miss Maine, and her knee-high daughter, Little Lizzie. Miss Maine quickly bonded with the Memsaab Helena. Clearly, Helena’s Amazon-warrior spirit and skill with arms impressed Miss Maine mightily, and much of their time and talk revolved around that fierce self-confidence — and guns.
As for Little Lizzie, the munchkin almost duct-taped herself to the Mem’s leg. She followed Helena everywhere, but always, always, kept glancing back to check on her momma, as though she were the worried parent.
There was something guarded, something hurt and defensive about both of them, and that fearfulness extended to me for a while. They got over it, thank God. Then I sorta became a moving bunker for ’em, representing cover and protection. Finally, we learned the story.
Miss Maine had been attacked — brutally and viciously. You don’t wanta know the details. As with so many such crimes, it wasn’t really about sex. It was about hate and domination, cowardice and cruelty. And an even younger Little Lizzie had witnessed it. I like to think the Memsaab and I helped them to recover emotionally.
Then one day Lizzie came and snuggled into my shadow, visibly disturbed. That morning her kindergarten had put on “Frighten The Munchkins Day.” Some schools do a pretty good job of alerting children to predators — don’t go with strangers and that kinda thing — but others do more harm than good. All they do is terrify the tots and give ’em no operating options. Lizzie already had twin tears glistening, ready to fall when she grabbed a tiny fistful of my trouser-leg and asked, “Connor-Sir, will you a’ways be here? Wouldja be here … When the bad mens come?”
My knees cracked on the sidewalk as she slammed into my shoulder, shaking with sobs as the hot tears came, splashing my neck and searing into my soul. “ ’Cause I’m a-scared!” she choked, and clutched me tighter.
Oh, GOD! Who would not — who could not — fight without fear, suffer without sense of sacrifice, and kill or die deliberately, using the most effective means available — to protect life, liberty and a Little Lizzie? For God’s sake, who?
Those who would not are no better than the predators.
Maybe in Phase 4, when somebody pops The Big Question I’ll just smile and say, “For life, liberty and Little Lizzie.” You guys can fill in the details.
You lucky people don’t have to contact Connor, as we must from time to time. But if you insist: email@example.com.
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Those who would, deny, require permit, license, certification, or authorization for me to bear arms are as vile, dangerous & evil as those who would molest, abuse, assault, rape or murder my family
October 15th, 2007 01:58 PM
That is a great article. I might keep a copy for my fellow "sheeples".
October 15th, 2007 03:23 PM
Yeah, Skippy, that's a good plan...but I'm also gonna take the url and pass it around that way as well. Gotta like Connor...
noli nothis permittere te terere...
October 15th, 2007 03:29 PM
Great article. Thanks for posting it.
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October 15th, 2007 04:13 PM
Well anymore i first say i carry so i can shoot folks that need shooting right when they need it .. If they look properly dismayed at that concept i mention that felons like game have seasons where legal taking is permissable , and one had best be prepared for the fleeting moment . that ususaly causes vaperlock on the more " sensitive "members of our scociety . Imho the shade of blue they turn while holding thier breath is somewhat cute .
Make sure you get full value out of today , Do something worthwhile, because what you do today will cost you one day off the rest of your life .
We only begin to understand folks after we stop and think .
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October 15th, 2007 04:22 PM
"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot".
Originally Posted by Redneck Repairs
October 15th, 2007 04:24 PM
Why do I carry a gun?
Because it's my right,
Because I can,
Because I have taken the time "to" train,
Because some people dont like me!
Last edited by irish_ironsight; October 15th, 2007 at 04:40 PM.
Reason: Stupidity ! I left out a small but important word
Surrounded and outnumbered, pass me my vest!
October 15th, 2007 04:30 PM
Hey....A Dublin boy. Greetings from Western Colorado.
Originally Posted by irish_ironsight
October 15th, 2007 07:27 PM
One of my standard responses is:
Because my brother got blown up in Baghdad defending my right to do so
That usually ends the discussion there
‘‘To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them...’’
— Richard Henry Lee, 1787
October 15th, 2007 08:02 PM
This I Like...
“Why do you think you have to carry a gun?”
... “Because you’re not QUALIFIED to carry one. You haven’t got the skills, the judgment, the sense of responsibility, or the courage for it.”
Stay armed...stay safe!
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October 15th, 2007 08:29 PM
Great article, thank you!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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October 15th, 2007 08:36 PM
I carry because it is my right. The right to selfdefense rises above all other rights, those other rights spring from the right to selfdefense.
October 15th, 2007 08:46 PM
Great article indeed. I read it when it came out.
I carry because it is my Right and my Duty:
-It is my right as expressed in the Second Amendment.
-It is my DUTY to protect myself, my loved ones and my Country.
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
October 15th, 2007 09:03 PM
Why do I carry a gun?
Because I can't carry a cop!
October 15th, 2007 10:00 PM
The matching accessories for the gun and mags are so stylish, just had to do it.
I know, I know, you are smarter than me..just ask you..
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