I was having a discussion last weekend with friends. The topic was whether or not carrying a handgun every day (and to a lesser extent prepping for disaster) was an act of preparedness or was it a symptom of paranoia. We also discussed that if carrying every day was not an act of paranoia, was there a hypothetical line you could cross that divided being prepared from being a nutjob. It could very easily be argued that carrying a gun on us daily is indeed an act of paranoia when you consider the issue based on statistics alone...but being prepared is not always just about statistics. We buy insurance that covers things that are extremely unlikely to happen to us and no one ever questions that. In the end, my opinion was that neither of these acts are in themselves an act of paranoia...no matter how far you decide to go with them. There is no line involving the extent of your actions that brings your stability into question. There is however a line when it comes to motivation and your personal mindset. We cross that line when we start letting fear be our primary motivation. I, and most people I know that carry, do not carry because we are afraid bad things are going to happen to us that day. In fact, we almost always think the opposite. we are well aware that we are more than likely going to get through the day just fine. When I stock supplies I do not do it because I am certain the world is going to end. I do it because I like to be prepared in case something unlikely happens. I am always happy, and not at all surprised when I have no use for my gun and I am always happy and not surprised when I have to cycle out old survival supplies. Unfortunately there are a lot of people that do cross that line and fear is their biggest motivation. You see them all the time online. They are convinced the world is ending. they are convinced Obama is the anti-christ. They are convinced the government is out to get them. They are more than certain they are going to be attacked in their homes by gang members or illegal aliens. I really feel sorry for these people. it must suck living your life in fear...but my compassion for them is lessened quite a bit when they are so eager to loudly spread their paranoia. They are so loud and so ridiculous that they get so much attention and make the rest of us that do what we do for less dramatic reasons look bad. So what do you think? Is there a physical line that can be crossed? Is it all about mindset? I know I have to catch myself sometimes when I start passing judgement on someone for being a "loon" when I see they carry multiple guns...or have a garage full of disaster supplies. I often pay too much attention to the physical actions and forget that the motivation might be quite benign. PS: I did a YouTube vid with the same topic for those that prefer a face and do not like to read. YouTube - Concealed Carry: Preparedness or Paranoia?