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    OC'ed in Bob Evans in Richmond off of West Broad Street today. Had a man come up to me - while setting there with my family - and tell me his brother died because of "that" gun.

    I immediately became defensive and ask him just how my gun killed his brother. He pulled a chair over and told me this:

    Him and his younger brother were drafted into WWII. When it was over, he came home and his brother wanted to make a career of the Army. His brother was serving in Korea and was shot down by enemy fire. There were details of his service in the story also.

    At this point, I'm still wondering what this has to do with my gun.

    He then patted his "hip" and said "Too many people forget how many people died to protect our rights. Too many forget that without those people dying, we would not have the right for those stupid people to lie down in protest of guns. Too many people don't have the nerve to wear their rights on their hips. I wear mine in memory of my brother that died fighting to protect my rights, all of them. Not just the ones that people are comfortable with."

    I kinda sit back and said "WOW" because that was the last thing I was expecting. My daughter asked "Are you a solider?"
    He replied "I was"
    My daughter and son then said "Thank you for want you did for us."
    My heart swelled with pride in them and the old man just about cried.

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    Wow. That's great.



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    That is fantastic!!!!

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    Wish I was there. The man knew how to make a point. May God bless him and his.



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    from the sound of things he is the type of person that this world needs more of

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    I'm a (young) Vet that OC's. Does that count for anything?
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    mrguppy wrote:
    from the sound of things he is the type of person that this world needs more of
    Yes; and perhaps this anecdote explains why some people call them "The Greatest Generation".

    Many of today's voters and politicians come from either the Me Generation, or Generation Whine, so it shouldn't surprise us that we don't run into too many people like the veteran above.

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    That was an awesome encounter! Very touching!

    Soldiers fight and have fought for us to keep and exercise our "preferences" with regard to our rights. So many people take it for granted.

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    God bless that man and his brave brother.

    Somethinga little of topic, but related to Veterans' Day. EVERYONE should see The World at War series. It is a documentary of WWII that wasdone in the 60s. If that doesn't make you think long and hard about the meaning of freedom and sacrifice, I would very politelyask you to get the hell out of my country.

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    Double post.

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    Triple post.:shock:

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    That was a great encounter. And it also sounds as if you raised your children right, we also need more of them.

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    I wasn't carrying (don't ask), but I had an excellent conversation with a Korean and WW II Veteran, and their wives at Golden Corral today.

    It was so crowded, they put three parties of two at the same table.

    Still, everyone there had a great time, and I enjoyed talking to those great people as much as they said they enjoyed talking to us.

    WWII Vet's wife: "I think it's good for us to talk to the young people from time to time."

    She also looked quite surprised when I told her I was 25.

    Why do people have to keep ribbing me about that alpha-hole that was our last president when I tell people where I'm from...

    Still, I rate going to GC a 5 Banana affair. :celebrate:celebrate:celebrate:celebrate:celebrate
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    AbNo wrote:
    I'm a (young) Vet that OC's. Does that count for anything?
    As a veteran and a man almost twice your age you bet it does.
    Look at all the young people who have lost their lives for our freedoms and those willing to sacrifice theirs if needed (non war time), even if it is just for college money.


    We should respect all vets young and oldfor the sacrifice they made.



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    mark edward marchiafava wrote:
    That's nice. Do you have anything positive or appropriate to add to this Vet-appreciation thread, or are you just trying to sully it with your own vitriol?

    'cause if not, just go ahead and find another thread, mmk?
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    Amazing story! Thank God for veterans! We forget them too often; all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms that are being taken away from us. Especially the ones who died over all the years...It's sad that we are adding to thathorrible total every day over in Iraq. I am not anti-war, but I am anti how is war is being fought.If our boys are going to spill their blood for this country, lets make sure it's for a good reason, and let's not giveour militaryabook of stupid rules of engagement that a bunch of lowlife politicians came up with that only get more Americans killed.

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    So... Vitriol it is. Thank you for taking an excellent topic, and turning it into a little soap box for your whining.



    Hey Pierce, or Longwatch, can we get a little clean-up, please?

    Someone got hate and BS on my shoes. Please remove my responses to him, as well. I hate to think I'm contributing to the mess in here.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    dngreer wrote:
    Amazing story!┬* Thank God for veterans!┬* We forget them too often; all the sacrifices they have made for the freedoms that are being taken away from us.┬* Especially the ones who died over all the years...It's sad that we are adding to that┬*horrible total every day over in Iraq.┬* I am not anti-war, but I am anti how is war is being fought.┬*┬*If our boys are going to spill their blood for this country, lets make sure it's for a good reason, and let's not give┬*our military┬*a┬*book of stupid rules of engagement that a bunch of lowlife politicians came up with that only get more Americans killed.
    You know, things are actually going a lot better over there than the AP would have you believe.

    And can we please keep this on Vet's Day encounters, please?

    Leave the war-rants at home, or start one in General.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    I'm not starting a rant...sorry I offended you. I was just saying what I believe. As those beliefs have not been formed from the AP; trust me. I have friends who have served in Iraq, and from those first hand accounts, and from multiple other military members, I have formed my opinion. As I said, it wasn't intended to be a rant.

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    dngreer wrote:
    I'm not starting a rant...sorry I offended you.┬* I was just saying what I believe.┬*
    No no, I'm not saying you are, I'm just requesting we leave this a positive thread.

    War and Veterans, while intertwined, are seperate for the purposes of this thread.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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    I saw this in the lobby of DeWitt Army Medical Center today. I couldn't read the attribution. If you can tell me the author, I'd be extremely pleased to give credit:


    "A veteran is someone who, at one point in ... life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount 'up to and including my life.' That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer can conceptualize it."
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    The rulers spew their illegal, immoral, unconstitutional decrees and the gullible troops march to carry out the killing, thereby making our country LESS safe. "Our boys" are not spilling their blood for our country, but for the interests of the corporate sponsored neocons. Since none of you here will agree with anything I say, ask Dr. Paul and he'll back me up. Maybe some of you will respect him......
    Yeah, yeah I know
    Death to all tyrants and the fools will rue the day.
    Heard it all before in the 60's...get some new material.


    On the other hand...
    damn good story, thanks!

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    Tess wrote:
    I saw this in the lobby of DeWitt Army Medical Center today. I couldn't read the attribution. If you can tell me the author, I'd be extremely pleased to give credit:


    "A veteran is someone who, at one point in ... life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount 'up to and including my life.' That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer can conceptualize it."
    There is nothing more to be said except THANK YOU, ALL!

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