This thread will go to hell, like they always do. Why Canadians can't wrap their heads around this always amazes me.
I've articulated it well enough on the last threads, but I'll just say that I've experienced the helplessness and terror of violent crime...without a means to repel it. I see a gun as the tool of the most dire extreme. Chances you'll need one? Probably not that great, statistically, but then you're more likely to encounter violent crime than a house fire, yet no one seems to politicize or get scared thinking about a fire extinguisher.
The truth is you probably can live your life without needing a gun to live through a violent encounter. But, if you do need one? It's the only tool left, and you won't thank yourself for being unprepared or disarmed.
I can assure you of that.
Carry, don't carry, have a political pants-pissing if it bothers you that others choose to, I don't really care anymore, but nothing anyone will say or do will change the reality that there are people out there who will end your life for the contents of your wallet and will feel nothing doing it. I've seen a person like that, up close and personal...and I'm not a warrior with ninja skills, I can't fight off someone who's hardened, strong, and half my age. A gun represents the best tool to bring the fight to a stop, quickly and without injury to myself.
With the spread of meth, people like that are no longer constrained to the bad parts of town. They're in the country, and the suburbs, and outside of that restaurant you just stopped at on your bike.
I plan on meeting another person like that in my lifetime and returning home to my wife and child. If I'm wrong? I carried a gun and it sat idly at my side, peacefully...which is not a waste. I'll be happy if that's the case.
Never met a dog I didn't like, a machine I couldn't break, or a woman I couldn't tick off.
Last edited by swingset; 06-23-2011 at 03:28 PM.