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Old April 24th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #16
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I carry a gun because I can. I don't really think I 'need to'. If I needed to because of where I lived or where I worked, I would probably change where I lived or where I worked.



If anything, carrying a gun makes me *more* aware of the need to be aware of my surroundings and avoid situations that could escalate into violence. But it also gives me peace of mind when traveling at night, or camping in remote areas.



A big part of the reason I carry is that our country was founded on the idea of freedom, including the freedom to be armed. For the same reason, I also exercise my freedom to speak out, which occasionally causes complications.
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Old April 28th, 2011, 10:00 PM   #17
 
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Being a Department of the Army Civilian Police Officer we cannot carry off duty as a LEO. Well I live in El Paso and the cartel across the border has given the nod to the gangs here to take out police officers. Why do I carry? I am not going to be the one who will be dying from an allergy of fast moving copper jacketed lead.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 03:34 PM   #18
 
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I carry because there is so much random violence in our society. Bad things happen to good people all the time, not limited to a bad part of town or a certain time of day. I'd much rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. As someone who grew up shooting, I almost feel it a civic responsibility- like jury duty. If I can be one of the good guys with a gun, I should be one of the good guys with a gun. And all that doesn't even count the lengths I'd go to in order to protect my family.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #19
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Wow, every concievable reason, and all good and rational, has been covered. I live in a state that has pretty liberal (liberal in a good sense) gun laws, for us regular law abiding citizens. We also have, per capita, a very low gun related crime rate, with the exception of possibly Louisville, which is a bastion of aging and new wave decrepid liberals (liberals in a bad way).



Bad guys hesitate to screw with you around here, because they generally know that there is a darn good chance that the intended victim is armed.



I've only had to pull a weapon on a "citizen" once in my life, in another state. That was enough to disarm the situation, I did not have to fire. In this situation, it was a wannabe bad ass gang bang type, and I thought his eye's were going to pop out of his head. It was while I was in the military and stationed in CA when and where a Concealed carry permit was almost impossible to obtain. I truly don't believe that the offender ever imagined that I would be armed. Just another victim. I told him to turn and run, and in the process of complying all I could hear was "we're cool, we're cool". No we weren't.



The great thing was that the tables were turned on him, and being armed neutralized the situation without ever having to fire a shot.



Lastly, the "a cop is too heavy to carry" was hilarious, lot's of laughs to whoever posted that one.



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Old June 6th, 2011, 01:26 PM   #20
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I like being prepared.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #21
 
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I carry because the Supreme Court ruled a while ago that Law Enforcement has no obligation to protect me as an individual. They do have an obligation/responsibility to protect the county I live in as a whole, but not me as an individual. That responsibility falls upon my shoulders and therefore I take it rather seriously. I would rather be the one in charge of my fate as much as possible, rather than some thug who figures he wants my beat up truck and my last $20 because he's out of meth.

If it comes down to it, there will hopefully be only one story to be told, MINE! Dead men tell no tales!
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Old September 7th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #22
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I carry a gun because I can. I don't really think I 'need to'. If I needed to because of where I lived or where I worked, I would probably change where I lived or where I worked.



If anything, carrying a gun makes me *more* aware of the need to be aware of my surroundings and avoid situations that could escalate into violence. But it also gives me peace of mind when traveling at night, or camping in remote areas.



A big part of the reason I carry is that our country was founded on the idea of freedom, including the freedom to be armed. For the same reason, I also exercise my freedom to speak out, which occasionally causes complications.


This about sums it up perfectly for me too!



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Old September 7th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #23
 
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I carry, because you never know when some psychotic idiot may decide to interupt your nice quite breakfest with your family at IHOP, with an AK47!!
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Old September 8th, 2011, 05:34 PM   #24
 
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Because the Constitution says I can, because my State honors the Constitution, and because I care about my family and friends. Well, and just in case the zombies really do attack.
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Old September 12th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #25
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3) Because my rights, as an American citizen, include the right to keep and bear arms. And neglecting to exercise a right, is like neglecting to exercise a muscle. If you don't exercise your rights, it is easier for you to accept them being taken away. Like the first amendment, or the third, this right, I will NOT relinquish.



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I could not have said it better, so I will not atttempt it. Well said!
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Old September 12th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #26
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I carry because if I have the ability to protect those around me I have the responsibility to do so.



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Old September 13th, 2011, 12:39 AM   #27
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Why wouldn't I
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Old September 18th, 2011, 01:59 PM   #28
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The reason I carry is because I know that when the SHTF you need to be ready. If everyone is prepared for these situations it would happen a lot less. If I am not working, I am carrying. This is as of recent, I have only had my CCW permit for about 3 weeks. I intend on carrying for the rest of my life.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:33 PM   #29
 
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My wife and sister-in-law asked me this once-ok it was more of a borderline attack. Mind you I love my wife but she is a liberal to the bone and I still haven't figured out how we have been married for 15 years. Anyways they asked why I felt the need and my SiL actually had the gall to say 'what do you think you are super man and will save the world?' She was promptly told to stfu and leave my house if she didn't like it. I then went on to explain that I can only control my own actions and deal with others as they enter my reality. If I could wake up in the morning and check me email to find a "No reason to carry today' message then it would make things a lot easier. Unfortunately I can't.



Funny thing was she called about 3 months later at 2am to say that she thinks there was some guy creeping outside her apartment. I told her I'm not super man and to call the cops (she lived 50 miles away). It's always funny how even the liberals hate the thought of people toting guns until it comes time to protect them.



My reasons are simple: Better to have and not need then to need and not have.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 08:19 AM   #30
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Op4guy, there's reason to carry today.
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