reply to post by xSMOKING_GUNx
If you have a pro gun attitude I would like to know what inspires you to 'carry', maybe you can enlighten me further.
I grew up in rural Missouri. We loved to fight with our fists. There were very few shootings or stabbings. There was no closing time for bars, they
closed when the fights broke out. You fought with your friends, your enemies, etc. Some one you fought against tonight, may fight by your side
That said. I have always carried a gun, since I was 16. I have never considered pulling my gun during a fight. Not once, out of hundreds of
opportunities. I have been near gun fire plenty, I had a friend shot when we were 18 (not in my car, but on same street), I have been shot at in the
dark (deservedly). I have pulled my gun once time during a traffic altercation where the other party pulled theirs first, and I found out later he
was an off-duty cop! Neither of us pointed, or fired, thankfully!
To answer your question, beyond the typical "It's my right" "Defend against tyranny" and "Deterrent for foreign invasion," which are all great
and valid arguments, I carry it for the same reasons the cowboys did, the same reason I carry my pocket knife, ID, and an inkpen. To be prepared! I
may need to shoot something. Could be a snake (cowboy use), could be a carjacker, could be a padlock, a rabid dog, or a disgruntled ex-fastfood
Think of all the recent gun tragedies like Virginia Tech. They weren't tragedies because one person had a gun, they were tragedies because no one
else had a gun! If 5% of the students carried a gun, the body count would have been much lower. The McDonald's shooting in Oklahoma several years
ago, the workplace shootings we hear about so often. If even 1 or 2 people out of a hundred had guns, they would have been able to defend their
friends and co-workers.
I seriously doubt I will ever need to use my pistol. But each time I think it is too much of an inconvenience to carry it, I think about watching
people die around me and not being able to do anything about it. I feel it is a responsibility, since I have the skills, training, and permit to
carry it, I need to do so!
I was cornered in an alley in Dallas, TX once, and I was able to do some nifty driving to avoid some gang-bangers. I was severely outnumbered in a
fight once, but I was able to take-away a baseball bat.
I have been in many sticky situations, and knowing the gun was there as a last resort afforded me the time and confidence to find another alternative.
Without it, I would certainly have acted differently, and probably been hurt or killed.
In addition, when I carry my gun, I go out of my way to avoid confrontations. I try to be a little more polite. If someone seems like a
trouble-maker, I swallow my pride and get out of the situation. I never want to have to shoot someone, so I am a better citizen when I am armed.
Otherwise, I would probably want to make an example of someone every now and then.
[edit on 6-6-2009 by getreadyalready]