This is a discussion on "You Don't Need to Hike with a Gun" within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; My goal has been to hike the AT in its entirety but health issues the last couple of years may end this dream. That said. ...
My goal has been to hike the AT in its entirety but health issues the last couple of years may end this dream. That said. No way I'd hike without a firearm.
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Would this writer be considered or qualify as a expert in writing/firearms/hiking?....Sorry just some sarcasm based on another thread running
Get ready for reasons why you shouldn't have a gun.Iím not anti-gun, nor am I a city-dwelling ideologue.
There are many different types of guns made for many different tasks. Having the long resume of carrying guns that the author claims, he ought to know this. Especially since he claims to have carried a personal defense gun professionally.The only time I carry one into the woods, however, is to hunt. To kill game. Thatís what theyíre built to do.
One might say that if the bg is the only one in the situation with a gun, your chances of being injured or killed are pretty high.the more firearms present in a situation, the greater chance you have of being injured or killed.
Then the author goes on to paint gun carriers (other than hunting) as being paranoid. People are victims of armed robbery/mugging and assault daily. Less than lethal options (OC spray, etc) are great layers to self defense. A sidearm is a great tool in the woods.
The Author is an idiot and their words do not rule me.
I no longer listen to those that say I do not need a firearm. They can live as they like. I won't judge them. I will live as I like and carry.
Oh, and what was that about how to tell the difference between black bear scat and grizzly bear scat? Grizzly bear scat smells of bear spray and is mixed with expensive hiking gear????
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Iíd just like to know how in the hell this guy knows what I need.
Hes is the type of numb-nut that you find mixed in with scat...
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ď Looking around doesnít cost you anything; and itís a healthy habitĒ
Ill make sure to not interrupt the bear who is attacking the person who thinks itís unnecessary to carry a gun.
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Another case of misused statistics.
That is correct, but then to standardize it to national standards, you must multiply it times 365, because homicide rates are measured in cases per 100,000 per year, not per hike.If you extrapolate an average of two million hikers per year since the turn of the century, that equates to a murder rate of roughly 0.008 per 100,000 hikers.
Also, if your argument is that it's incredibly safe to hike and people already carry guns... Then why are guns a problem?
My gun has never escalated a conflict. In fact, I'd argue I back down from conflict much faster than when I was unarmed (and younger).But like water on a grease fire, they tend to escalate conflict rapidly. And if youíre in a defensive position, you probably wonít come out ahead.
Also an interesting point he's making. Once your at a disadvantage, no point in fighting, lay down your life.
That's rather specific for being unspecified.Still, some people will insist they need a gun just in case. This means one of two things: they are completely terrified of some unspecified threat
... Do research before you embark on any adventure. Identify threatsóbears, people, weather, fire.
......In my backyard, grizzly bears roam freely, as they should. Sure, each year bears maul people
......... Iíve had dozens of grizzly encounters, run-ins with polar bears on Arctic ski expeditions, and more than a few awkward conversations with disturbed individuals over the years