Originally Posted by bobwilson1977
Personally, I don't have strong feeling about guns either way. I'm fine with people owning them. But the reality is that if someone is going to stick a gun to your head, they aren't likely to be polite and tell you in advance. So unless you have your gun in your hand, unlocked, loaded, and aimed 24/7 at a split-second notice, then you might as well be carrying around a pea shooter.
But if you want to really worry about threats, you will likely get in a car wreck sometime in your lifetime, there are countless diseases that at any time could flare up and decimate millions, and leagues of rogue nations who could cause global conflict.
Again- not saying you're wrong for owning one and protecting yourself. Just questioning their effectiveness for the reasons people claim they own them. By the fact that so many people openly brag about their weapons, I suspect there's more reasons than as being used for protection. My dad has them too and he keeps his mouth shut.
Owning & shooting guns can be different things to different people. A hobby .... There are soooo many different things you can do with guns/shooting. Having a CC and carrying a gun is just another form of the hobby.
For some people - we're not afraid of going places and we're not afraid of being attacked..... It's about self-improvement. It's about learning the whole 'art' of self defense. I'm currently on my 3rd book about self defense and CC. It's very interesting. CC is unlike any other hobby..... There's no stop watches, no competition, no judgements. It's just YOU and an 'improved' mindset. It forces you to be a 'better person' because of the responsibility at hand. And yes.....Carrying a weapon is a MAJOR RESPONSIBILITY. If someone tells you it isn't, they're not doing it right.
Knowledge is power. The more you know about self defense whether you carry or own a gun or not....the better off you'll be regardless. Nobody ever said that carrying a weapon is gonna save your ass. But having one, using it wisely, resonsibly, and safely....can certainly UP your anti. So why the hell not? With this hobby, you can go about your own business and enjoy the hobby silently, day to day OR you can decide to voice your pride openly. It's whatever YOU want from the hobby.