What is the most important reason Americans should be armed?

What is the most important reason Americans should be armed?

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  • We want guns...that's all

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  • It's a right that should be exercised

    12 12.77%
  • To defend against foreign invasion

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  • To make sure our government stays in line

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  • To defend ourselves and ours

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    What is the most important reason Americans should be armed?

    Some other reason?
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    You can come up with a dozen good reasons to be armed, but it is the hundreds you haven't imagined that are the important ones.
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    Although some people here would be horrified at the thought, most of the founding fathers believed that an armed populace was needed to keep the Government in check.

    Of course, self defense is the principal reason...whether it be from some thug on the street or a rogue government that abuses its citizens.
    I would rather stand against the cannons of the wicked than against the prayers of the righteous.

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    At this time in our history, I'd say for self-defense against thugs and criminals. At the Founding, it was for an armed citizenry to help defend against a foreign invasion.
    "The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree..."
    Nunn v. State GA 1848

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    All of the above.
    "To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic." Ted Nugent

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    The bottom two both ring close to home for me, and self-preservation has to be #1.OMO
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    You need to add , "all of the above".
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    to defend myself my family & my friends/best buddies...

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    Assuming the Second Amendment remains a strong part of our Constitution (that's our job, folks), I would always own weapons...

    The only reason I carry one is to protect my family and myself (and if possible, other innocents)...
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    I look at it as simply taking care of me and mine. Nobody else is going to do it.

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    The reasons have evolved since the writing of the Bill of Rights. Today I would say protection of self and family.
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    To protect us from the Politicians, and the Thugs too; but I repeat myself.

    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. Mark Twain
    The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. H. L. Mencken
    There ought to be one day - just one - when there is open season on senators. Will Rogers

    "He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    All of the above.
    "The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper

    "Terrorists: They hated you yesterday, they hate you today, and they will hate you tomorrow. End the cycle of hatred, donít give them a tomorrow."

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    I passed on the poll as it read too much like a loaded media poll.

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    Wrong question.

    I don't care if anybody's "armed."

    We've seen lots of people show up here, who tell us that they are "armed." They have a handgun, and the magazine is stored separately from the weapon, and the cartridges are stored in some other location, so that everything's all safe 'n' stuff.

    And undoubtedly many of our fellow countrymen are "armed" with weapons they may have never fired. Or fired once 10 years ago.

    Just having a firearm doesn't really mean anything - and in many cases it's probably a heckuva lot more dangerous that ill-trained and untrained persons have loose guns about, fodder for burglars to fence for easy cash.

    And then there's that guy we saw in the news this week. You know the one. He shot and killed his wife during some kinky sex game in bed (if we believe his account of the matter). Was that a person who should have been "armed"? Some blind fool who'd point a gun at a loved one thinking it was some kind of toy to be used for bedroom hijinx?

    Nobody should be "armed" unless they have the sense and wherewithal to train themselves and acquire the requisite skills to deploy their weapons effectively and without harm to the innocent. And, in my experience, there aren't that many of us who fit the bill.

    So. Being "armed" is something that happens between your ears long before you hold a weapon in your hand. It happens long, long before that.
    "It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."

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