reply to post by TerribleTeam2
I see ALOT of Americans on here saying that they own firearms because they have the right to, as afforded them by the Constitution, which is fair
enough. My first question is:- How many of you actually NEED said Firearms???
I have used my rifle to defend my own home from a drunk with a baseball bat. I also used it to defend my 80 year old neighbor's house. She was a shut
in and physically incapable of defending herself. I ran off two guys that were attempting to break in to her home. She was inside at the time.
In the second case I din't even have to fire a shot. Letting them know that I saw them and that they didn't belong there wasn't enough. When they saw
the rifle they decided to leave. I could have called the police but the average response time is seven minutes. I called them after the fact and
reported the tag number of their car. They were caught and convicted of a few other break ins.
When I was young my father stopped a man with a 6" knife from harming me and my mother, and taking his pay check, by simply pulling out his revolver.
My father also defended himself from two young men that tried to rob him in his front yard. They jumped out of a mini van and yelled, "this is a
robbery." He pulled his revolver and said "I dont think so." Both men then turned around and jumped in the van.
My father is in his late fifties and has survived cancer twice. He also has chronic back and neck injuries that prevent him from being able to work.
His health is pretty bad. At one time he was six foot tall and 215 pounds. He has actually shrank to 5'10" and weighs about 135 pounds. I would hate
to think what two young healthy men might have done to him.
I have also used my rifle to protect my father in laws chickens from racoons and possums. I've also used it to stop a coyote from attacking his goats.
You could say I've needed it to protect part of my food supply.
I also travel regularly through several dangerous citys. I travel through Greenville SC, Charlotte NC, Nashville TN, Greensboro NC, and Durham NC. I
actually spend time in each of those citys working. So, I am in one of the 125 most dangerous cities in the country on a regular basis.
To me, if you don't need them, but have one, it's simply because of fear. Fear of being hurt. Fear of being killed (hell, who doesn't have fear like
that at some point?), just a basic fear.
Self defense is a good enough reason. If you wait for the actual moment you need to defend yourself to get a gun it is entirely too late.
Take the example of my father and the guys in the mini van. He was in the front yard of my grandmother's house (his now), walking her dog. The
neighbor hood is considerred a good neighborhood. Ocassionally something disappears off of a carport. Otherwise it is pretty peacefull. The guys that
attempted to rob him used their car to cross the city and hit a neighborhood they thought offered a better pay off. They had been driving all around
town robbing people in various neighborhoods.
This was an attack from outside of his neighborhood. It wasn't something that he would normally "need" to worry about. On that night though an ounce
of prevention was worth more than a pound of cure.
Look up the murder of Eve Carson in NC. She lived in one of the lowest crime neighborhoods in the state. Two guys from another city came to her house,
kidnapped her, drove her to the ATM and forced her to withdraw money, took her back to a safe neighborhood and killed her. They left her laying in the
middle of the street dead. They then used her credit and debit cards for a couple of days.
One of her attackers was awaiting trial, but it had been continued because of a clerical error. The other should have been in jail, but the police had
failed to charge him with the proper crimes after a break in several months earlier. Both men were free because the cops and courts had failed to
properly do their job.
I woul say it proves a "need" for self defense because the justice system fails to properly handle criminals.
edit on 21-1-2011 by MikeNice81 because: (no reason given)