A few disclaimers:
-I think this is the safest place to post this.
-This is NOT meant to be an invitation to debate specifics of politics or religion. Please do NOT do so. The fact that I have to write this does, of course, mean that this thread could go down that path and be very quickly closed. But I do not think it has to or should go that way, so let's try to avoid that. Please?
-I'm fairly new to carrying concealed and fairly new to Defensive Carry. Both are about six-months old now. I recognize my place in that, so I hope this doesn't come across as a lecture from a seasoned poster. It's not. It is an observation from a young person and a relative newbie to the forum. Take it how you will.
I like DefensiveCarry for a few reasons:
-It's very informative, and the posters are incredibly helpful. I bought my holster (MTAC) because of you guys. I bought my ammo (Federal HST) because of you guys. I will shortly buy a knife (Ka-Bar TDI) because of you guys.
-It's not terribly combative because of tight moderating, and there is a lot of grace for ignorance. As one who has spent some time on out-of-control forums, this is very nice.
-There's little machismo or compensation going on here; watching the Nightline story on Wednesday night made me realize how important that sort of understated dignity is to our image (props to the VCDL).
DefensiveCarry is a place where we rally around the second amendment and RKBA. I have found in my limited time that, in reality, that is the only thing we can ALL rally around.
I know from my observations that we have:
-Libertarians (I accidentally spelled this "Librarians" for a second, hah)
-Anarcho-capitalists (I'm pretty sure I picked that up in one post)
-New Left liberals
etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum
This is not a bad thing. One slightly disarming thing that I've noticed is the assumption by some posters that, to be a true defender of 2A, one must be a prototypical modern American conservative. Once it was implied that anyone who deviates from the standard line must be some sort of liberal imposter, posing as a gun owner and 2A defender. This is silly. I am pretty close to a typical conservative here: a paleo-con or sorts with some reactionary tendencies and classical liberal sympathies. Still, I don't think that somebody who may appear liberal in one area or another must necessarily be a phony when it comes to guns, and I am made uneasy when we appear to reject potential supporters of the second amendment because they fail to agree on things that have nothing to with the second amendment.
We should rally around the 2A Let's continue to support the right to keep and bear arms and embrace the support of all those who do the same.