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Why I Carry a Gun

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by Bookite03, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Bookite03

    Bookite03 Aumsville, OR Member

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    Stumbled across this...found it well said

    People ask WHY?
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    Why I Carry a Gun
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    I don't carry a gun to kill people.
    I carry a gun to keep from being killed.
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    I don't carry a gun to scare people.
    I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
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    I don't carry a gun because I'm paranoid.
    I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
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    I don't carry a gun because I'm evil.
    I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the
    world and the necessity to protect myself from it.
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    I don't carry a gun because I hate the government.
    I carry a gun because I understand the constitutional limitations of government.
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    I don't carry a gun because I'm angry.
    I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating
    myself for failing to be prepared to protect my family and property.
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    I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
    I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and
    not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
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    I don't carry a gun just because I'm constitutionally guaranteed this right.
    I carry a gun because history has proven it to be the final defense against
    a tyrannical, oppressive, police state-type of government.
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    I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a superior person.
    I carry a gun because only those prepared know how to take care
    of themselves and the ones they love.
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    I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
    I carry a gun because being unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am
    inadequate and probably get killed.
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    I don't carry a gun because I love it.
    I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful
    to me.
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    Police Protection is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect themselves.
    Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the
    crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.
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    Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to give up my liberty and freedom.
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    .....author unknown
     
  2. Jammer Six

    Jammer Six North Greenlake, Seattle New Member

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    I carry a gun because I'm afraid.

    If you're not a cop or a soldier, the rest is arm-waving.
     
  3. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    If your scared from the vey begining you need a new occupation.

    James Ruby
     
  4. Cooliorz

    Cooliorz Portland, Oregon New Member

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    Huh?

    Please explain.
     
  5. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    Ok-typo-Jammer is a LEO and I personally do not think LEO should be running around afraid. Concerend, aware are terms that I think would be better words to be used by LEO than afraid.

    James Ruby
     
  6. Cooliorz

    Cooliorz Portland, Oregon New Member

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    I see, thanks for clarifying.
     
  7. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    As LEO in the 80's I took some people into custody including 2 homicide suspects. Never shot my sidearm on the job, but never went to work without it. As a civilian I was cornered in a situation where I would've been beaten badly, perhaps worse. Showed a 1911 to the bad guys and they left me alone.

    Besides my varied personal attractions to all kinds of cool weapons, I regard the carry gun as a tool. I train with them, and I usually carry one with me because there are way too many oxygen bandits out there with no regard for anyone or anything beyond their own shortsighted whims. I hope I never need to shoot it.
     
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  8. Wolvee

    Wolvee As far east as upsettingly possible. New Member

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    This little girl and my wife are the reasons I carry. Years ago I realized I wasn't superman and I wasn't bulletproof and I need (we all need) a firearm to give us a fighting chance in such an evil world.
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  9. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    amen to that
     
  10. jonn5335

    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    There are only a few people that know that I carry. When asked "Why do you carry a gun?" my response is "because you never know when one might come in handy" and I leave it at that.
     
  11. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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  12. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    I have carried on person from the first day of LEO training back in the early 80's until today,
    I do not carry because I am afraid but to each his own, I will never judge about why a person carries.
    Carrying is justified one can not predict the insanity of others including police. I do not see a gun as equalizer I see
    it as a last resort.

    Why do I carry, because I know I will never regret that I carried one, but may regret that I didn't plain and simple.
     
  13. ShootFirst

    ShootFirst Southern Oregon Active Member

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    GREAT LIST AWESOME !!!!
     
  14. 97321

    97321 Albany Active Member

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    I'll happily crib what someone else said on another post here (don't remember which one): I carry a gun cause I can't fit a cop in my pocket.
     
  15. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Or: "A cop is too heavy to carry"
     
  16. 10 Spot Terminator

    10 Spot Terminator Central Oregon Member

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    I carry a gun because in a life or death confrontation where mere seconds can make a difference the police are just minutes away ,,,
     
  17. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    ^^^ This.
     
  18. ThePhonMan

    ThePhonMan Spokanistan Gold Supporter Gold Supporter

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    Great post.

    I have carried a gun since November 8, 1981 at 2:08am when I was robbed at shotgun-point by some POS, doped out idiot that walked through the shop back door that a coworker forgot to lock. I swore I would NEVER be in that position again.

    Having drawn my weapon 17 times to stop a crime in progress since then (I spent a lot of time in crappy areas late at night) and never firing a shot, I know it is my obligation to protect those around me. Family, friends, police officers and total strangers have benefited from me being armed when things went pear-shaped.

    I know for a fact, based on experience, that I can function under extreme and life-threatening stress and possess the skills, training and mental faculties to use a weapon when and if needed. So far, I haven’t had to use lethal force and hope I never have to. But let’s face it; hope is not a strategy so I come prepared.
     
  19. kev1

    kev1 seabeck,wa Member

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    I do not want to regret the time I did not cc.
     
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