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  • To protect anyone and everyone from harm (Even when your life is NOT threatened)

    25 40.32%
  • To protect yourself, friends, and family (This choice includes being in a group setting like a classroom, where your life is threatened)

    36 58.06%
  • To protect only yourself

    1 1.61%
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    This poll does not require anyone to reply below.
    I only ask that you vote for why you carry a firearm.

    protect anyone and everyone from harm (Even when your life is NOT threatened)

    protect yourself, friends, and family (This choice includes being in a group setting like a classroom, where your life is threatened)

    protect only yourself

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    I think you need to word it a bit more specifically.

    Gang bangers duking it out, let em destroy each other, they are looking for trouble.

    HOWEVER, if there is any risk to any other innocent person nearby, stop it.


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    Poosharker wrote:
    I think you need to word it a bit more specifically.

    Gang bangers duking it out, let em destroy each other, they are looking for trouble.

    HOWEVER, if there is any risk to any other innocent person nearby, stop it.
    +1

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    1. Because I refuse to be a victim.

    2. Because I can't carry a cop.

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    I Open Carry carry to protect the right. This is why those that say you don't need one there (at Obama rally) or Long Guns are inappropriate there (inside city limits) IMHO miss the point. I carry because I can and because a right unexercised is a right lost. I've already lost enough rights. I don't intend on losing the RKBA.

    There is, IMHO, a deterrent effect upon the evildoers when they see my firearms, but protection or deterrenceis a side benefit, notmy reason for Open Carry.

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    Poosharker wrote:
    I think you need to word it a bit more specifically.

    Gang bangers duking it out, let em destroy each other, they are looking for trouble.

    HOWEVER, if there is any risk to any other innocent person nearby, stop it.
    +2

    swatspyder, I think you're missing a point here. There is a HUGE difference between going around carrying a gun thinking you're Rambo out to stop every last crime in the city (protect anyone and everyone from harm), and merely doing what you can as an individual to assist someone who's life is immediately threatened right then & there.

    If I'm somewhere and a dozen thugs with assault rifles burst in to rob the place that's one thing, standing by while someone is beaten/stabbed/shot to death right in front of me is completely different.
    It is very wise to not take a watermelon lightly.

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    Because a cop is too heavy.
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    IMHO the RKBA.

    , IMHO,

    I apologize for going off topic, but I'm trying to figure out what all these letters mean.

    Maybe I just grew up in a different time.

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    Just Us wrote:
    IMHO the RKBA.

    , IMHO,

    I apologize for going off topic, but I'm trying to figure out what all these letters mean.

    Maybe I just grew up in a different time.
    IMHO: in my humble opinion

    RKBA: right to keep & bear arms
    It is very wise to not take a watermelon lightly.

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    I voted number one, with the understanding, as others have mentioned, that we're referring to the innocent. I'm not looking for trouble, but if I can tell who the actors are and one of them is clearly innocent and in mortal danger I'd like to think I'd intervene.

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    too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin....

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    Metalhead47 wrote:
    Poosharker wrote:
    I think you need to word it a bit more specifically.

    Gang bangers duking it out, let em destroy each other, they are looking for trouble.

    HOWEVER, if there is any risk to any other innocent person nearby, stop it.
    +2

    swatspyder, I think you're missing a point here. There is a HUGE difference between going around carrying a gun thinking you're Rambo out to stop every last crime in the city (protect anyone and everyone from harm), and merely doing what you can as an individual to assist someone who's life is immediately threatened right then & there.

    If I'm somewhere and a dozen thugs with assault rifles burst in to rob the place that's one thing, standing by while someone is beaten/stabbed/shot to death right in front of me is completely different.
    +1 to both of you.

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    My reason isn't up there.

    I carry a gun because I am a free man.

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    FunkTrooper wrote:
    My reason isn't up there.

    I carry a gun because I am a free man.
    I can't carry a handgun so no vote from me.


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    3 reasons,

    1 Bill stole this from me..Too young to die and too old to take an ass whuppin

    2. Self preservation

    3. 'Cause Poosharker can't:celebrate

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    Trigger Dr wrote:
    3 reasons,

    1 Bill stole this from me..Too young to die and too old to take an ass whuppin

    2. Self preservation

    3. 'Cause Poosharker can't:celebrate
    YESSS!!!! YES YES YES YES!!!!!AHHHHHH


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    Poosharker wrote:
    FunkTrooper wrote:
    My reason isn't up there.

    I carry a gun because I am a free man.
    I can't carry a handgun so no vote from me.
    Well maybe you can get the governor to overturn your felony conviction :P

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    ^^^ Well they sure treat you like a felon when your under 21, at least the cops in Pullman do.

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    Sorry, I will not vote in this poll. The questions are flawed.

    I carry to protect myself, my family first and foremost. I carry to be a deterrent to others. I carry to show that it is normal, that it is ok and there are more responsible gun owners than criminals. I would protect the life of someone else if it was in clear danger, but that is not why I carry.
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    Why I Have a Gun

    My old grandpa said to me, "Son, there comes a time in every man's
    life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and
    usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin'."

    I don't have a gun to kill people. I have a gun to keep from being
    killed.

    I don't have a gun to scare people. I have a gun because sometimes
    this world can be a scary place.

    I don't have a gun because I'm paranoid. I have a gun because there
    are real threats in the world.

    I don't have a gun because I'm evil. I have a gun because I have
    lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

    I don't have a gun because I hate the government. I have a gun
    because I understand the limitations of government.

    I don't have a gun because I'm angry. I have a gun so that I don't
    have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be
    prepared.

    I don't have a gun because I want to shoot someone. I have a gun
    because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a
    sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    I don't have a gun because I'm a cowboy. I have a gun because, when
    I die and go to Heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

    I don't have a gun to make me feel like a man. I have a gun because
    men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    I don't have a gun because I feel inadequate. I have a gun because
    unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

    I don't have a gun because I love it. I have a gun because I love
    life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

    "Police Protection" is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect
    themselves. Police do not protect you from crime; they usually just
    investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to
    clean up the mess.

    Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old
    to take an ass whoopin'.


    The problem with America is stupidity.
    I'm not saying there should be capital punishment for stupidity, but why don't we just take the safety labels off of everything and let the problem solve itself?

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    because crime is there

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    Whitney wrote:
    Why I Have a Gun

    My old grandpa said to me, "Son, there comes a time in every man's
    life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and
    usually it's when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin'."

    I don't have a gun to kill people. I have a gun to keep from being
    killed.

    I don't have a gun to scare people. I have a gun because sometimes
    this world can be a scary place.

    I don't have a gun because I'm paranoid. I have a gun because there
    are real threats in the world.

    I don't have a gun because I'm evil. I have a gun because I have
    lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

    I don't have a gun because I hate the government. I have a gun
    because I understand the limitations of government.

    I don't have a gun because I'm angry. I have a gun so that I don't
    have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be
    prepared.

    I don't have a gun because I want to shoot someone. I have a gun
    because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a
    sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

    I don't have a gun because I'm a cowboy. I have a gun because, when
    I die and go to Heaven, I want to be a cowboy.

    I don't have a gun to make me feel like a man. I have a gun because
    men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

    I don't have a gun because I feel inadequate. I have a gun because
    unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

    I don't have a gun because I love it. I have a gun because I love
    life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

    "Police Protection" is an oxymoron. Free citizens must protect
    themselves. Police do not protect you from crime; they usually just
    investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to
    clean up the mess.

    Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old
    to take an ass whoopin'.


    That was F'n beautifu l


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    Because a cop is to heavy!

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    gogodawgs wrote:
    Sorry, I will not vote in this poll. The questions are flawed.

    I carry to protect myself, my family first and foremost. I carry to be a deterrent to others. I carry to show that it is normal, that it is ok and there are more responsible gun owners than criminals. I would protect the life of someone else if it was in clear danger, but that is not why I carry.
    You just did.

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    Trigger Dr wrote:
    gogodawgs wrote:
    Sorry, I will not vote in this poll. The questions are flawed.

    I carry to protect myself, my family first and foremost. I carry to be a deterrent to others. I carry to show that it is normal, that it is ok and there are more responsible gun owners than criminals. I would protect the life of someone else if it was in clear danger, but that is not why I carry.
    You just did.
    Ahhh...ya got me! Well I didn't vote at the top!
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