Why I Carry a Gun

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  1. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

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    My old grandpa said to me, "Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin'."

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

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

    *I don't have a gun because I'm paranoid. I have a gun because there are real threats in the world.

    *I don't have a gun because I'm evil. I have a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

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

    *I don't have a gun because I'm angry. I have 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 have a gun because I want to shoot someone. I have a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    *I don't have a gun because I'm a cowboy. I have a gun because, when I die and go to Heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

    *I don't have a gun to make me feel like a man. I have a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    *I don't have a gun because I feel inadequate. I have a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

    *I don't have a gun because I love it. I have a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

    *"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.

    *Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin'.
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    :cool::cool::cool:



    I would like to say a good post and agree with granddad...as mine was similiar in life experiences and my welfare.

    Enjoyed all and if can add one reason :

    I dont have a gun because I expect trouble the trouble / else I would have a bigger one and more of them.

    :cool::cool:
    PS. I have always used a dark blue font only per my preference.
    Heard from one today is not easy as for others , so I am now black.

    :rolleyes::cool:
  3. 300 H&H

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    Beto,

    Wise Grandfather....;):)
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    I was wondering where you had been, Berto....
    Good to see you post something! :)

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    Outstanding! I copied this and may print and frame it.
  6. SARG

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    Why the Gun in Civilization?

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    By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

    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 gang banger, and a single gay guy on equal footing with a carload of drunken 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 [armed] 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 weight lifter. 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.
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    It is good to see ya Berto and the good words from Grandpa..
    Tim



    Words of wisdon Sarg..
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    Amen to to all of the posts above!!!!
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    Thats POETRY berto, Very Very wise words.
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    berto64 Active Member

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    I got it as a email exactly as you see it. I was unaware of the blog post.

    Sorry 'bout dat.
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    No need to apologize, it's definately worth passing on.

    I'd like to hear the anti gunners dispute that kind of logic. :cool:
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