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Old November 2nd, 2011, 07:54 PM   #31
 
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I carry for multiple reasons. As a lead correctional officer who is assigned to the maximum security floor of a jail, I deal with many aggressive, high risk inmates that are in jail not prison so they have not been convicted and are mostly pre trail offenders. These carer criminals who have been in and out of jail/prison make threats, associate with gang members on the street and look to find out person information any way possible. I want to be ready at any time for one of those guys the do the next stupid thing if they get back on the streets. If an inmate makes a threat against my life, I can document the incident in a report which gets turned into the county sheriffs office. If I see the same individual on the streets and feel threatened and have to shoot him it is completely justified because of the report I wrote in the jail. I come into contact with up to 800 inmates each day. Even walking from my car into work in downtown is in a very bad area. There have been multiple times when I get off my shift and hear 10+ gunshots go off in the distance. I also have to be armed during transportation of inmates in and out of the jail so carrying off duty makes me better with weapon proficiency.
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part of my life insurance policy.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 05:10 AM   #33
 
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Lack of my state to do a better job of determining who is allowed to have a CCW. My state has given a lot of ppl access to this power who are unsafe,and are not correctly trained. Don't get me wrong everyone has the right to carry, but the lack of training for a good portion of the CCW holders especially in South Florida is the reason I carry.
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I have been endowed by my creator with certain unalienable rights. I take my personal liberty very seriously and will not allow anyone to infringe upon that right. I exercise my right to defend myself and my family because I refuse to be a victim.
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Lack of my state to do a better job of determining who is allowed to have a CCW.


Until you realize that it's not the state's job to determine which of their citizens will be allowed to exercise which rights. This is a fundamental difference between the intent of Constitutional liberty, and decades of liberal thought twisting it into opportunities for governmental restriction and control.
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Lack of my state to do a better job of determining who is allowed to have a CCW. My state has given a lot of ppl access to this power who are unsafe,and are not correctly trained. Don't get me wrong everyone has the right to carry, but the lack of training for a good portion of the CCW holders especially in South Florida is the reason I carry.
The state does not grant you the right to protect yourself. The right to defend yourself is something that you're born with. Training is a great idea but to say people must have training to obtain something that protects you is infringing that much more on the right to keep and bear arms. We already have rules in place that do not allow certain people to own a firearm.



Some people will often compare carrying a pistol to driving a car. They're not the same thing. It is not a right to drive, it is a privilege. It's is not a privilege to be able to carry, it is a right. There is a difference and before some one tells me that my logic means that everyone, including criminals/rapists/child mollesters, should get to carry a firearm, hold on a sec. You're right to free speach is limited. You may not yell "fire" in a crowded movie theater. Same thing as the 2a you can't just carry without first adhering to the laws of the land. IMO if you can legally carry a firearm I do not believe that you should have to have a license. I'll wait for the flames to come, I'm wearing a Kevlar suit. 🔥😄



I carry for a few reasons. First is because I can and I believe that makes it a responsibility for me. It is my job to protect myself and my family. Some would say you should protect society as well but I do not have visions of fighting crime on the streets. The second reason is because every time I've ever had a "close call" where I could have been endangered it was in a place I least expected it. Happy Shooting! -Dirvo-
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+1. You are correct.



One minor caveat; several court cases have determined that driving for non-profit purposes is indeed a right.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #38
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Because I can.

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Old June 14th, 2014, 04:14 PM   #39
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It's simple really because the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Protecting your family is a given. I take it a step further. I have served my country to protect her people and assets from all threats foreign and domestic. I do so not only because it is my right to protect myself and my family but it is my duty as a capable American to protect others that may not have the ability to defend themselves.
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You have a right to carry a gun, but if you don't learn and practice how to use it properly, you have a right to be arrested and sued, if you shoot an innocent bystander or even someone else's property, because you weren't proficient with it. You have good hardware, now get your software up to speed. The CPL course is just the beginning. Get advanced training, practice, compete in IDPA or similar shooting events to gain and keep your shooting skills sharp. It will make a world of difference in your reaction time and accuracy, do to "muscle memory" taking over. It's also fun too.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #41
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The world is not safe or reliable, but my pistol/rifle is.

If I don't come home tonight, it won't be because I failed to have my "tools" with me when I needed them.

Or, as an old guy at home used to say, "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."
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Old June 14th, 2014, 07:06 PM   #42
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Why do I carry a gun?

Because I don't intend to die for lack of shooting back.
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Old June 14th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #43
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Because i take personal responsibility for my own safety.
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Same reason I have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen...
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For the same reason I carry a first aid kit...
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I choose to be responsible for my own safety and that of my family...
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...taking responsibility for my family and my own safety...

...you never know when there a lunatic out there that just out to hurt people. Maybe gang or drug violence; maybe an off their rocker road rager. Maybe a pack of wild dogs...
Not much I could add to the above, as to "why".

While I was in the infantry 30+ years ago, I never was in combat. But I've faced and arrested bad guys, I've felt my stomach turn into a cold lump when in the middle of a fight hearing my partner yell, "HE'S GOT MY GUN!! HE'S GOT MY GUN!!!!", and I've had to deal with feral animals singularly and in packs. First time I ever 'needed' a gun was a pack of feral dogs in probably 1974 or 75. I was out rabbit hunting with a cheap CVA 'kentucky rifle' .45 caliber muzzle-loader. It was bad economic times, we were out in the sticks about an hour from detroit, and we were constantly having people from the city drop their dogs in the country back then, rather than putting them down or taking them to the pound. We and others were regularly losing chickens, ducks, and a couple times small calves to feral dogs. In junior-high school at the time, out hunting by myself probably a half-mile from the house with the muzzle loader and a sheath knife, and a pack of 7-8 dogs started following me; at a distance at first, but gradually getting braver & closer. Lead dog was big & black, that's all I recall about him. When he stopped for a moment & sat down looking at me, then got up & started loping toward me from probably 50-60 yards, I shot him. All I could do at that point was drop the empty (and long & unwieldy) rifle & pull my knife; but when he dropped at the gunshot, the others ran off. I went straight home - didn't even check the downed dog - and never went out rabbit-hunting again without taking either my 22 pistol or a blackpowder revolver along.

Danger doesn't have to be mad max or zombies. Sometimes it's crackheads or lunatics, but sometimes it's something as mundane as someone's former pets.
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As I hope most here feel the same I hope that I never need to draw my gun in anger/fear. I carry it so that if I need it I have, because Id rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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I will take my wife and daughter out the movies whenever I feel like it, and I will not fret over some orange haired crazy. I simply do not feel protected out in public anymore.
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