Why I Carry A GUN

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  1. KING64

    KING64 New Member

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    I received this in an email today from the widow of a very good friend and fellow retired LEO.

    My apologies if it has been posted before.

    WHY I CARRY A GUN

    I don't carry a gun to kill people. I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

    I don't carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes
    this world can be a scary place.

    I don't carry a gun because I am paranoid. I carry a gun because there are
    real threats in this world.

    I don't carry a gun because I am evil. I carry a gun because I have lived
    long enough to see the evil in this world.

    I don't carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I
    understand the limitations of government.

    I don't carry a gun because I am 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.

    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 at the hands of another.

    I don't carry a gun because I am a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy who cowboyed up.

    I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because being unarmed and facing an armed threat I am inadequate to protect my life and yours.

    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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  2. 45nut

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    I've seen it before, but it's always a good read. :)
  3. oscarmayer

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    thank you for that posting i used to keep a copy of that in my wallet in case i ever got hauled in front of a judge. i lost it and glad to see it again so i can get a new copy. this one i'll laminate.
  4. Jay

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    Good post. I do think that a gent by the name of Marko Kloos says it best.....

    Article titled, "Why the Gun Is Civilization" copyright 2007 by Marko Kloos.

    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that's it.

    In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction, and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

    When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force. The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gangbanger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunk guys with baseball bats. The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

    There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed. People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

    Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level. The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weightlifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

    When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation...and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
  5. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

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    Excellent post, thank you
  6. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Both items are excellent. Thanks. :)
  7. 308 at my gate

    308 at my gate New Member

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    I only wish I could carry a concealed weapon with a permit. I have tried applying twice but in southern Cal its good luck. It is better to be tried by 12 than to be carried by 6.
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