reply to post by TinkerHaus
In some areas I can understand carrying. I don't live in one of those areas.
I can't count how many times I've read a news article where the shocked citizens of a given locale said, "stuff like that never happens here." Even a
city built by Disney and murder free for 14 years had a murder and attempted suicide by police in the same week. That area can be anywhere.
No house on my street has ever been broken in to. That did not stop two guys from attempting a home invasion on my 80+ year old neighbor, during a
snow/ice storm. I happened to be at home and was able to put an end to it through quick talk and the presence of a rifle.
My point is that any area can be one of those areas. Even Zimmerman's gated community had turned in to one of those areas with numerous break ins
prior to the now infamous night. Crime is like the stock market past performance is not indicative of future results, all transactions and actions
carry a risk.
Let me tell you a story, since it's story time.
So a dirty looking "biker" shows you a gun and that has some reflection on legal gun owners? Did you stop to ask the gentleman if that was a legally
purchased gun? Did you ask him if he was barred from owning a gun under current federal law? The truth is you have no idea of whether or not the guy
legally owned that gun. Good way to tell a completely unrelated story that in no way backs up your statement.
My point is there are definitely legal gun owners out there who have a screw loose and are looking for a reason to pull that thing out and use it.
Yes there are. All you have to do is look at Virginia Tech or Fort Hood. However, when it comes to boisterous posing at the gun shop, it is 99%
bravado. These guys are trying to look tough and be the alpha male in a group of guys that usually have more testosterone than the average. What they
don't realize is that they actually look like idiots to the vast majority of people in the gun shop. If you go to gun related forums on the internet
you will see 20 and 30 page threads making fun of these guys.
They are the same lifeless guys that brag about being in "Nam" even though they were twelve when that war ended. There are the guys that brag about
being a "civilian special forces contract sniper." It is just like when you walk in to Dick's or Champs and hear a golfer talking about how he made an
eagle on the same hole Tiger Woods bogeyed. Then there are the guys in th weight section talking about how they can squat 420lbs, and yet they have
legs like twigs.
Anywhere men gather some will tell lies for acceptance and once the stories start they grow out of proportion to reality. It happens no matter the
subject at hand. Men will exaggerate reality and tell fantasy as fact to gain a position of respect or more. Some take it much further and they may
get ridiculed or dismissed. They rarely get called on it because the shop keeper has to make money and social norms tell us it isn't our place. It
doesn't mean gun owners are sitting around fantasizing about being Rambo. It means we have our fair share of braggarts and liars just like any other
And on a side note, meh to the jackasses who think it's cool to open carry in a walmart. If someone decides to rob the place you're going down
The North Carolina Supreme Court once ruled that they never hoped a man had to carry his firearm hidden from sight like a scoundrel. They found that
any and all men ought to be free to carry their arms openly as long as they were not engaging in actions that were threatening or harassing.
Also, according to a DOJ study done in the 1990s somewhere around 55% of convicted felons surveyed admitted they had refrained from attacking a target
they new was armed. Chances are that guy with the gun on his hip is more likely to scare away an attack than be the target of an attack.
I don't do it but, if I see somebody I nod and wink. God bless them for carrying on with their god/creator given rights.
edit on 16-4-2012 by MikeNice81 because: (no reason given)