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post #1 of 118 Old 06-23-2011, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Guns & Stroms, why?

First of all I want to say I have nothing against firearms in any way shape or form (unless they are pointed at me.) I have had rifle training in the far past and grew up around guns. I appreciate fine machinery and love the action of a nice bolt action. I am comfortable with them although they aren't my thing. I live in Canada so firearms (handguns in particular) are not a normal part of our daily existance. I know we have a higher percentage of firearms in Canada than in the USA but these are almost all for hunting or target practice.

I notice so many of you carry guns... it seems almost every conversation about what to carry on a bike changes to a gun converstaion.

So my question is why do you carry a gun? What do you hope to achieve with having it while riding and have you ever used it? if so, what was the situation and how did it help?

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i don't carry personally. Mostly because where i work now, and where i will be starting soon are both colleges, and i couldn't even if i wanted to. That said, two things to consider are firstly, for many, it affords peace of mind. Same reason many people go ATGATT, "just in case". Secondly, the strom tends to, in my opinion, attract people looking for utility. people looking for utility tend to favor preparidness, and beign able to defend yourself falls into that.

Consider too that i'm betting that there are a lot more people that conceal carry around than you realize.

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It's like having insurance on my car, home or bike. Hope never to need to use it in my lifetime, but want it if I do. Thats reason enough for me.

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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.

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I carry mine because my wife gets pissed if she can not count on me for backup and cover fire.

I'm partial to jaming a S&W MP9c in my tank bag or on my hip. I also promote and practice open carry here in Pennsylvania.

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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.
Excellent post. I bolded what I thought were the best points. They are why I always carry AT LEAST one gun.

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I don't carry a gun and never have except in the military. It is one of those personal choice things. Depends on where you live,work or ride. Those not from the USA I suspect have trouble understanding that guns have been a part of the American culture since its inception.

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Why Canadians can't wrap their heads around this always amazes me.........
Just stoooopid I guess!
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Our founding fathers apparently though it was so important that they included it as our 2nd amendment. I refuse to become a helpless victim. That said, after decades of carrying one, I have not had to use it. If I have a choice, I hope I never have to.
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