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    When you got your 1st handgun, did ANYONE ask you the big "WHY", why you have or carry a gun, why do youneed one. If some one did, what did you tell them? And if no oneever didI'm asking you now! WHY DO YOU HAVE OR CARRY A GUN!? Let every one out there know why, let every one hear your voice and let them hear what you think......

    WHY IHAVE or CARRY A GUNBecause itsMy2nd Amendment Right To Bear Arms, and to Protect MySelf,ThyFamily, ThyNeighbor, And ThyLove One's. I can not carry a cop on my back, i can not avoid danger, when there is no other by my side, I will have my .45, Because I'm not ready for anyone to DIE

    By Me: Brandon S. Morris

    P.S---I don't have a .45 it just sounds better then .380



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    1. Police have no legal duty to protect individuals.
    2. Police have no legal liability when they don't protect individuals.
    3. Police almost never have the physical ability to protect individuals not in their custody or having a personal protective detail.

    Protect yourself or don't get protected at all.
    --- Gun control: The theory that 110lb. women have the "right" to fistfight with 210lb. rapists.

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    The same reason I have a fire extinguisher. Can't always rely on the authorities to save your behind when you need it stopped NOW.

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    #1-To protect myself.

    #2-To keep society at large safer by having criminals know that SOME of us are always armed. Choose wisely!

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    ALL PROPER PURPOSES.

    It's something I picked up from the New Hampshire Pistol/Revolver License application instructions.


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    When asked why I need/own/carry a gun I've had a lot of fun with this that I borrowed from someone else:

    I hunch my shoulders and look around furtively like someone being hunted and say "It's the voices."

    These people are a pain so we might as well have some fun.

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    Originally, for when I go motorcycle riding. A lot of bikers carry because other drivers can sometimes be very aggressive and dangerous. If they're willing to go so far as to intentionally drive a motorcycle rider off the road, how much further will they go especially when you're out in the middle of nowhere...just you and your cycle?

    After I got my first handgun, I realized I didn't want to protect myself only when riding and I didn't want to protect just myself. From there I started researching conceal carry and found open carry. I do both.

    A very liberal family friend got into a huff at one point because I was working on my motorcycle in the garage when his wife and kid dropped by to talk to my wife. She said something to me, so I stepped out to talk. I had the audacity to be open carrying. They don't own or discuss guns and prefer to keep their kids in the dark. He tried to embarrass me about it at a poker game a few nights later by making me look like a gun nut. One of the other guys asked, why do you carry?

    My response: Because if anything were ever to happen to my wife or kids while I was around and I had made the choice not to carry, I would never be able to live with myself. The knowledge that I'm an excellent shot, have the training, but simply chose not to carry meant I wasn't able to defend them from some thug...I couldn't live with it. I would rather die knowing I did my best to protect them than live knowing I could've protected them, but chose not to be prepared.

    At that point, the other guys all agreed, but got defensive about how they don't carry, but keep for home protection. I said: I don't fault anyone for not carrying. It's a choice every person has to make on their own and decide what is right for them. My choice is to carry.

    He didn't like how the conversation turned out and said his kids probably won't be playing with mine anymore. I said: That's your decision to make. I've already made my decision.

    He's never brought it up again.

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    Grenade launchers leave a terrible mess
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    Because I am too old to throw a rock with the same acuracy and vigor I did in my youth.
    "Research has shown that a 230 grain lead pellet placed just behind the ear at 850 FPS results in a permanent cure for violent criminal behavior."
    "If you are not getting Flak, you are not over the target"
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    BECAUSE I CHOOSE LIFE OVER FEAR

    because itreminds the government to be aware that the citizens really should and do run the country..and we will not stand by and not let the sheep tell us what and how we will or may keep the life granted to use and our loved ones..if people are not comfortable with us not just protecting our rights but ourvery lives that we were granted by whatever higher power you belive in..then all i see is victoms to their own blindness and ignorence...because i like the idea that i have say in if my life will bea statistic or a success..GOD Bless America!!!!



    and napalm is not just the answer to every conflict...

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    This is why I have a gun

    "No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion."
    James Burgh (1714-1775) was an English Whig politician
    Source: "Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses" (London, 1774-1775)


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    I like to cite any number of incidents where no one should be expected to NEED a gun (McDonald's, ChuckeeCheez, Columbine school, the mall, some kid's birthday party, etc. etc.) and then turn the question back to the poser: WHY DON'T YOU? I carry because in those precious seconds when a gun is needed, the police are likely to be a mere phone call and a few MINUTES away. I also like to keep things like fire extinguishers handy because, although we have an excellent volunteer fire department in my community, I feel it is my responsibility to mitigate damages as much as possible until they can respond.

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    ballester wrote:
    BECAUSE I CHOOSE LIFE OVER FEAR
    <SNIP>
    and napalm is not just the answer to every conflict...
    But don't you just love the smell of napalm in the morning?? :celebrate

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    ne1 wrote:
    I like to...turn the question back to the poser: WHY DON'T YOU?
    I actually found myself doing this, even among the older shooters at the Metro Pistol League:

    We were finishing up, and my team was in charge of cleaning up the range that night and I was walking with one of the guys out to the parking lot to put something away when he jokingly remarked that he had an "armed escort." To which I responded, "why, don't you carry?" It was automatic, without thought or hesitation; it felt completely natural to be asking this question...when just a few years ago I was on the other side, nervously laughing at the thought of self-defense and questioning why anyone would need a gun.

    Not that he needed an explanation of why I was carrying--I'm pretty certain that he's either retired military or law enforcement (most of the old guys at the MPL are).

    No one's really questioned it other than my own family, but I have the choice retorts ready to go if I ever need them: "Why do you need..." + "...to wear seat belts?" or "...insurance?"

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    virginiatuck wrote:
    ALL PROPER PURPOSES.

    It's something I picked up from the New Hampshire Pistol/Revolver License application instructions.
    Also a good reason. It says it right on the back of the application!

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    On Dec.27.2008 I was robbed at gunpoint in Chesapeake VA near Crestwood Middle School it was between 1:30am and 3:00am leaving a little get together one of my friends were having.Upon making our (Me and my cosin) way to the car we were approached by 3 males.Asking us random questions,were we in a gang? where we from and so on I told my cousin lets go and we went to the car one of the guys knew who my cousins best friend was so he asked for his numer.The guy replied "Naw,**** that homeboy give up the money." As he pulled a sawed off shotgun and jammed it into my cousins side.One of the other two guys had put some pistol to my head.They demanded money and we gave them a few bucks but the third guy exclaimed "they got mo money than that." And got us for about $500 bucks.They were going to take my cousins car but they didnt bother.
    I called the Police to get a bullet proof vest because, my life was in danger.But they said I had no point plus I wouldnt give any names which I didnt know and also didnt tell them exactly what happened I didnt want to start a investagation of any type I just wanted Karma to get them.But upon being looked at stupid by NPD I decided I was going to get a gift from my father.
    It was a sign because, when I went into Bobs to pick out the perfect gift I saw one of my friends who was at the house that night I got robbed and he stated."Joey that woke me up man,these young kids out here making it harder for us to be looked upon and accpeted it opened my eyes bro."My father was beside me when I was talkin to my friend and that really sealed the deal for him to sign the papers for my gift.
    I also feel edgy about the coming times of America and everything great must fall so I may get more,alot more.
    BUT I CARRY BECAUSE, ITS THE ONLY THING I HAVE TO SERVE MY OWN JUSTICE IN A RIGHTFUL MANNER AND SPEEDY PROCESS.

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    I got my gun because I enjoy the shooting targets. That was the main reason I bought one, to shoot paper. That said after my first kid was born I started to think of the protection aspec of the firearm.

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    My daughter likes to answer for me.. she points at my Kimber and says "Thousand Dollars".. then points to herself and exclaims "Priceless!" and she is 100% on point!
    Carry On.

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    I started after I left the service because I like to shoot. Living previously in Massachusetts I never thought about OC or CC. Mass is very liberal and licensing is at the descretion of the local police chief. After moving to Virginia I was told of OC and CC and began to educate myself on the laws of my new state. I carry to protect my slef and my family, and anyone I'm around.

    People are sheep, and need to tended by the SHEEP DOGS!

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    I had firearms but did not carry. I started carrying for a much more personal, practical reason than I do now. Very short version - my only sibling died from cancer, I was diagnosed with the same cancer and survived and I decided that after all that I was not going to die because of some street punk or active shooter and that part of evening up those odds was to carry. Since that time as my knowledge, understanding and awareness about 2A issues has grown and evolved so have my reasons and purpose in carrying.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    Well I guess I never really answered the question:

    Three years ago I bought my first gun. Not because I was big on self-defense, but because a) I was just introduced to firearms and target practice, b) liked it so much that I figured that I'd eventually shoot often enough to justify owning a gun rather than renting it, c) because the gun I bought was very unique and discontinued, and d) it was being sold by a friend for a VERY reasonable price.

    Then I bought another gun and got to thinking that the 30-days-between-handgun-purchases was going to be annoying--what if a gun I wanted came up during those 30 days and was gone before I could purchase it? With my rare and discontinued handgun, I was very aware that I might miss out on something special. So I took a class and applied for and obtained my CHP. Not primarily so I could carry, but so I could jump on any handgun deals that came along without worrying about the 30-days thing.

    With my guns (I had a few by now) and my CHP, I started thinking that it would be ironic if I were to need a gun but didn't have one on me, since I enjoy target practice so much--a gun I can hit well with does me no good if it's locked up at home. So I found a decent CCW and started carrying concealed, openly carrying where required.

    Of course, the Virginia Tech killings hit close to home (I graduated from VT in 2005, the shooter was a freshman or sophomore when I left; one of his victims was a friend's girlfriend, and a cousin who was attending VT was good friends with Ryan Clark), as did other shootings (at schools and malls and churches). I practically woke up to the realities of the world just as I got into firearms, or perhaps because I got into firearms.

    Now I'm at the point to where carrying is natural for me (see my above post), and even open-carry is starting to feel OK, too (I OC with my sidearm in a tan-leather OWB holster occasionally in walmart and restaurants and my neighborhood, and of course all the time at the range).

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    Brandon S. Morris: Maker of Topic

    See this is what i love, i love to see people with alldifferent back grounds, race, city's, families, and ex. All coming together for all the SAME & RIGHT reasons. This is what the great U.S.A was founded on, But there are BIG problems with inthis country, there are people who don't want any of you to be able to protect your life, Family's life, neighbor's life,loved one's life, OR THERE Rights, The men and women whowant to take your rights away and put them in another person's hand(police/army) are not there whenyou need them 99% of the time, Them men and women DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU nor ANYONE ELS, just themselves, there votes, there money, there power, and there protection, you4get theyhave the money for body guards.

    You know the state has people looking at this website all the time, AND Maybe Just Maybe, they might see what was said on here and the stories of why you carry and fight for your right to BEAR ARMS, Then they myunderstand and think twice and chose whats right, This country can only take so much, before

    US,THE PEOPLE TAKE BACK WHAT IS OUR, FOR THE GOVERNMENTMAY NOT BE MORE POWERFUL THEN, 'THE PEOPLE'

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    Why do the good people on this site carry? In a nutshell, it is for this reason.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun.


    You can substitute the first person in the above with "child", "daughter", "son", "wife".. you get the picture. The point is, one can never know how and when an attack is going to take place. You may get a number of chances in life, but you only get one life.

    In the final seconds of your life, just before your killer is about to dispatch you to that great eternal darkness, what would you rather have in your hand? A cell phone or a gun?

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

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