I have read a few posts on the subject "why carry " and after a couple of days thinking about it and reading through some old emails I have come up with a few good reasons why I carry a firearm.
1. I carry a firearm because a Police Officer is too heavy.
2. When seconds count the Police are just minutes away.
3. An armed criminal will kill an unarmed victim with monotonous regularity.
4. If you find yourself in a "fair" fight your tactics suck.
5. I used to be able to fist fight, if I had to
. Now I'm too old. I only have about seven good seconds left in me but you'll remember them the rest of your life!
Now I admit to a lot of plagiarising here but you get the picture. We do have reasons to carry and they are valid and logical not to mention reasonable. We have to get past "But what will everybody say or think" mentality and have sound, logical and reasonable answers to those who will question you as to why you are carrying a gun.
To quote another member who got me started on this...and you can give him all the blame...Ha ha ha
"Do I think I'm going to be mugged soon? No. Do I think I will be at the right (or wrong) place and time to prevent a crime? Maybe, maybe not. But, along those lines, do I think I'll be in a car accident? No, but I wear a seatbelt. Do I think my house will be robbed while I'm away? No, but I have door locks. Do I think I'm going to die soon? No, but I have life insurance. Do I expect to pull someone's disabled vehicle out of the road today? No, but I carry a tow cable. Do I expect to jump someone's battery? No, but I have cables. Coincidentally, I used BOTH my tow strap AND jumper cables today - good thing I had them. Some things I do because there is the possibility that something MIGHT happen. Carry concealed to protect yourself, your family and those around you. Carry open to protect yourself, your family, those around you, to make a statement that guns are not bad, that rights are worth exercising, and that liberty and security are paramount to making sheep comfortable and helping them forget about the wolves at the door."
As they say in the Army..."Carry on!"