April 11th, 2009 09:37 PM
What keeps you going?
I don't know about anyone else, but I find it very wearing, swimming against the liberal tide. Wearing, indeed, doing what I can to preserve the 2nd Amendment, against the constant noise and illogic of the anti's. Having to listen to the distortion and outright lies coming from the mainstream media, anti-gun groups, and senior government leadership.
But, I find it more wearing, and more disheartening, when some idiot decides the best thing to do is take out a bunch of innocent people, making our efforts to preserve a fundamental right so much more difficult. So I'm asking. How do you keep your spirits up in the fight to preserve the RKBA?
I try to turn the events toward a positive argument, like pointing out that the recent shootings have occurred in cities and states that have some of the strongest gun control laws in the nation, and not in places where the perp knows that would-be victims could shoot back.
April 11th, 2009 09:40 PM
I would consider a positive argument to be the number of lives saved and crimes prevented by legally owned and carried firearms, but that's just me.
Remember that every time somebody protects themselves with a firearm, every rape that's prevented, every life that's saved, it's because of those who would continue to fight to preserve that right to protect one's self and others. That's motivation enough for me to stay involved.
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April 11th, 2009 09:49 PM
Sometimes I have to remind myself how far we've come in the last few years, with approximately 35 states accepting my state's CCW permit.
Sometimes I have to remind myself how far we've come, such as being able to carry in your car while dropping your child off at school, even without a CCW permit.
Sometimes I have to remind myself of the results and crime stats from states that have enacted CCW laws, and how the truth bears out that the population is safer when armed. I keep hoping more reasonable people will take an unbiased look at the results, and then join our side.
I compare where I can legally have a weapon with where I could 10 years ago. It is encouraging.
I listen to some friends who are totally opposed to anyone taking their guns, and sometimes I am encouraged.
Concerning the mass shootings, they only make it clearer to me of the need for more citizens to be armed, and to eliminate most of the "gun-free" zones. I use them as examples to drive the point home to my daughter that "gun-free" zones don't work. After the recent one in NY, all I said to my daughter was there was another instance of someone not being able to read. She correctly realized there had been another shooting in a "gun-free" zone.
I admit, it's a fight. The liberal media is so slanted against common sense. Some of them may even ardently believe their way is the only way.
But we have to keep going. I don't want to go back to where I was before. And I don't intend to.
April 11th, 2009 10:04 PM
It is not easy; the constant media harassment can get to you bad.
But, just like Grady said, we are making progress !!!
I come to this forum to "recharge my batteries" ...
I listen to my wife who is adamantly pro SD ...
I teach people who never touched a gun before, how to shoot ...
I try to look at the good and keep a positive mindset ...
I cringe every time there is a mass shooting, but the logic is that a legally armed victim could have turned the tables ...
Keep going, my friend, we'll get there !!!
The first rule of a gunfight: "Don't be there !"
The second rule: "Bring enough gun"
jfl (NRA Life Member/Instructor - GOA - IDPA - GSSF - ex-IHMSA)
April 11th, 2009 10:40 PM
As JFL said, "it's not easy" ... but always consider the alternative. It's also a plus to remember we are only passing thru, this isn't our home! That makes it all worth while.
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April 11th, 2009 10:42 PM
I know that I am constantly armed...I will defend myself and my homestead...until the government says I cannot continue to do so...do not arrive uninvited with bad attentions...
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April 11th, 2009 10:45 PM
You just have to understand that there is a lot of EVIL in this world.
It goes all the way back to the beggining of time and its the same old classic battle of GOOD vs EVIL.
As time progresses we will see more and more.
Just remember that there is GOOD and pledge to yourself that you will fight evil when you can.
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April 11th, 2009 11:48 PM
I keep going because it is the right thing to do. Honestly, I do not think anyone alive today has it in them to keep going for the principles of right & wrong on their own. I think it is because of God's grace that we fight for what is right (i.e. defending our families, friends & fellow citizens).
April 12th, 2009 07:41 AM
What keeps me going? Myself.......nobody else to depend on. Propaganda goes in one ear and out the other for me, and I dislike society as a whole. Not much surprises me any more, and the days of any team effort in this country are long gone. Sad but true.
April 12th, 2009 11:23 AM
One word answer - Family.
That's what keeps me going. Given the current state of the world, and the never ending degradation of society, I think that my answer would be pretty self-explanatory to any levelheaded thinking person.
Those who think it's the tool, and not the person using it, are as dangerous to me as any mugger, rapist, or murderer out there. More so, in some ways. These are people who advocate making more victims out of the good (and admittedly, the not so good) people of society.
And the difference to me in approaching them is the tool. I'll use words, not bullets. I'll continue to use whatever tools are available to me and necessary, until the day I draw my last breath. Because it's what I feel is right for me and my family, so that they'll have a fighting chance if they should ever need to defend themselves.
"Stand your ground, don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" - John Parker April 19th, 1775 Lexington, MA
April 12th, 2009 11:45 AM
That is the anti-gun agenda. To keep on just trying to wear us down and out.
April 12th, 2009 11:52 AM
Can't think of anything to add to that. Looks like you say it right!
Originally Posted by jfl
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April 12th, 2009 12:19 PM
What keeps me going is what life will be like if the antis win and our country becomes a socialist government I can see a medical and law enforcement system like England or Canada. I also see those who will not work reaping all the benefits and those who do work supporting those who will not work. All I can do is work and vote to prevent this from happening.
April 12th, 2009 01:01 PM
What keeps me going?
When the SHTF, they will turn to me for protection.
Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. — Winston Churchill
April 12th, 2009 07:58 PM
Pretty much the same reason as other people, when the SHTF, and for those I care about.
I must admit I'm very touchy and uneasy with where we are heading, with each passing day I hear more and more bad news about how we are turning socialist, and how all these new unconstitutional bills are coming in, and I read about the "good ole' days" and it's just sickening. My motto right now is "get ready" because it looks like there's smoke, and where there's smoke, there's a fire.
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