Why I Carry a Gun

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    Why I Carry a Gun

    I received this from the US Concealed Carry Association which I am a member and thought this should be shared with the rest of us.
    I hope the USCCA doesn't mind.

    Why I Carry a Gun

    I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

    I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

    I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

    I don't carry a gun because I'm evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

    I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.

    I don't carry a gun because I'm angry. I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

    I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    I don't carry a gun because I'm a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to Heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

    I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

    I don't carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

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    I have seen that before and agree with it whole-heartedly.
    But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself...
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    I agree with it too. There are just evil people inthis world and its a shame we have to protect ourselves and family in this manner
    "When the people fear the government you have tyranny...when the government fears the people you have liberty."

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    How about the anti-gun top 10?

    1- You carry a gun because you have a small penis.

    2- You carry a gun because you are weak and scared.

    3- You carry a gun because women won't talk to you.

    4- You carry a gun because you are paranoid.

    5- You carry a gun because you secretly want to be a cop.

    6- You carry a gun to feel like tough guy.

    7- You carry a gun to show off.

    8- You carry a gun because you want to be a cowboy.

    9- You carry a gun because you believe the media fear mongering.

    10- You carry a gun because you watch too TV.

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    I frequently use the following essay to answer the title question.

    why the gun is civilization. the munchkin wrangler.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Kloos
    March 23, 2007...11:06 am

    why the gun is civilization.

    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 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 we’d 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 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 weightlifter. 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…and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
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    Good essay. Thanks for sharing.

    It puts it in words that are accurate and effective.
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    We're so misunderstood. Lets put that on a highway billboard.

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    Fatcats Reasons 1,2 & 3

    Howard - Nice follow up to my original post.

    Fatcat - My reasons are #1 & 2 resulting in reason #3.

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    I vaguely remember this list...oh yeah, I posted it a few months back...
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    I carry a gun to keep myself in balance. If I didn't have my gun on my right hip I would keep stagering toward my left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jframe38 View Post
    Howard - Nice follow up to my original post.

    Fatcat - My reasons are #1 & 2 resulting in reason #3.


    Holy crap that was funny........

    What is sad is that I was watching a talk show once and the anti gun "doctor" used probably half of those, and he was serious......ugh....

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    Quote Originally Posted by raevan View Post
    I carry a gun to keep myself in balance. If I didn't have my gun on my right hip I would keep stagering toward my left.
    .......I like that one........

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    I carry a gun for all those reasons and then some

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    Quote Originally Posted by SigSire View Post
    Good essay. Thanks for sharing.

    It puts it in words that are accurate and effective.
    I wish I could write that well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I vaguely remember this list...oh yeah, I posted it a few months back...
    Sorry Retsupt99 but there are probably many new members that didn't get to read your post so it's all good.

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