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Saturday, October 17. 2015
Why Carry a Gun?
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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 a whoopin'.'
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I carry a gun because it's lighter than a policeman.
I carry a gun because when seconds count, the police are minutes away.
On a more serious note, I recommend Jeffery's Snyder's article, "A Nation of Cowards." I don't think I've seen a more effective treatise on being armed because it spells out the MORAL and ETHICAL case. He also wrote a book by the same name: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/1888118083?keywords=a%20nation%20of%20cowards&qid=1445112698&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
"Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime.."
The LAPD should change their motto from "To Protect and Serve" to "To Collect a Pension at 50".
I carry a gun when I'm shooting trap or hunting quail, otherwise, its too much of a hassle, and I'm not particularly worried about the gummit, the police or the neighborhood.
I swear on all that's holy, if my concealed carry instructor said something like, "'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps'" I'd have been out the door.
That's your choice, hope it works out OK for you.
Must be a nice neighborhood, like mine. Unfortunately mine is changing and the day is coming when I am going to have to make a choice; move, arm myself, or worry (if my wife hadn't passed it would be a no-brainer, I'd have gotten a gun to honor my duty to protect her).
I'm surprised that you aren't worried about the 'gummit' taking that choice away. What's the old saw, "The law prohibits bums and millionaires from sleeping under bridges", add to that "For our safety, we are prohibiting seniors, the handicapped and young healthy thugs from carrying guns".
I offer some words from Col Jeff Cooper, taken from his excellent book, The Art of the Rifle:
"Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons. The possession of a good rifle, as well as the skill to use it well, truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys."
"The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user. It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny. In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, because a citizenry armed with rifles cannot be tyrannized."
Pistols are defensive implements. For the up close and personal encounters.
I'm not too worried about the second amendment because I know how the game is played and with Heller and MacDonald, the gun grabbers aren't going to make significant inroads on the second amendment.
anyone really interested in destroying gun grabber arguments should read both those cases, which are ... but no, that's too much work, easier write a blahg like Dan'l Boone-Crockett at the Alamo gettin' ready to bust some caps up Santa Anny's ass.
yeah, I know the NRA and the Brady bunch need each other to validate each other's "good fight"and how bickering on the fringe of the 2A will always be magnified into the the fight of the century, but... its all branding.
people I know who are concealed carry permit holders don't talk like cartoons out of the 19th century, in fact we rarely talk about it at all, because its not a big deal, and if someone actually says "bustin' caps" it is a stone cold fact that person carries a gun becauses he feels inadequate.
Coop sounds like is a loon. I'll shoot any NRA match that doesn't include the word "tactical" or ask me to dress up in period attire. but i see this as just competition, not a real life first-person-shooter fantasy.
I've never shot anyone up close and personal. What's it like?
I'd suspect there's no one answer to that question.
Who, Why and with What. Makes a difference.
Donny: "What's it like?". (An odd question)
not good. Scared, glad it wasn't me. I remember each confrontation clearly and no, it did not get any easier. Loud noise that the adrenaline covered up, blood. I never knew how much blood a body contained.
Different than combat, more personal and no bragging rights. In fact I get flashbacks, wouldn't mind forgetting those incidents.
Yes John, no one answer.
I carry a gun because it suits me to do so. I am not required, and refuse to, offer any other justification.
"in fact we rarely talk about it."
I asked my friend if he CC'd. "Just got the paper yesterday!"
The reason I was asking was for the wife and kids. If there is trouble, here is a list of people who are of high moral fiber to turn to.
Very cool weather has arrived in New Hampshire, motivating me to fire up the Official Weekend Pundit Woodstove for the first time. It wasn't until early evening the temps dipped below freezing and the time to fire it up...
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