posted on Dec, 20 2012 @ 11:53 PM
This has been a great thread to follow and read. I thoroughly enjoyed it to the end and now cannot leave without my personal comment on all I have
read. Hopefully, it will not be misconstrued.
I am an American. I am proud to be one. I believe as my forefathers did, that when I was created, I inherited certain rights from my creator. The
right to protect myself, my property and my family. I believe my mind is the greatest and most dangerous weapon available to me. I believe that all
others deserve this right whatever their status in society is. I also believe that, in order to properly protect myself, those I love and the things I
have earned through my labors, a firearm is one of the best methods of doing so.
I am a CCW holder, have been for many years and carry all of the time.
I do not need to carry when running to the corner store for that bag of Doritos, or do I? What incident could happen there? It is just two minutes
I do not need to carry when I run down to the grocer for my weekly shopping, who would cause trouble there? When I head out to church on Sunday
morning and meet with my friends, I do not need to carry, nothing could happen in church could it?
BUT I DO CARRY TO ALL OF THESE PLACES AND MANY MORE.
Because, on the off chance, someone with ideas of mass murder inside their scrambled brain decides that it is time to act upon those ideas, I have the
chance to defend myself and the others I am surrounded by. Does this make me a danger to society? NO. Does it make me crazy for believing something
terrible may transpire? NO
Being a Concealed Carry Permit holder obligates me to use my firearm in the protection of others should the need arise.
Every time I carry, I hope and pray that I will never need to use my firearm. Not out of fear, but from the knowledge I would take a life to protect
another. I have never fired my weapon at another living human, but I have watched the life fade from the eyes of the dying. I have heard the last gasp
of air of a man and know that even a criminals life holds some value to someone else. This will not be my concern if my life or the life of another is
threatened in my presence as the survival instinct will kick in, just as sure as my eyes naturally blink and my heart beats.
So, IMO guns are not meant for killing alone, even if they were created for such a purpose. Yes, guns kill people, but if they remain in the hands of
a responsible person, they can be used appropriately against violent crime.
We Americans enjoy our freedoms and will not permit those attempting to infringe upon them to have them without standing up for them, yet we do fail
when it comes to ensuring those freedoms are not slowly whittled away by legislature over the years. It is also my belief that we as Americans owe it
to our countrymen/women to ensure those who own firearms are fully aware of their true potential and measures of safely securing them while in the
home are taught upon any purchase. Thankfully as Wrabbit2000 posted, our Supreme Court believes as our forefathers did. Let's hope they continue to