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    The Personal Stories of Californians who Open Carry

    In this time of great trials and tribulations it is important to put a story with our screen names.

    Please share why you choose to Open Carry and What motivates you!

    We are not nameless faceless avatars on a computer screen. We are Fathers, Mothers, Sons and Daughters. We are the armed citizens of California and we have a story.


    Please share.
    "I do not love the sword for its gleam, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory; I love only what they protect."
    J.R.R. Tolkien

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    I have a list of "safe" locations in my head that are free from school zones. This includes things like choosing to shop at my local Target that is not in a school zone instead of Walmart.
    When ever I can I will choose one of my "safe locations" to go about my business for the day while open carrying I do that.

    The more time that goes by the longer my list of safe locations gets, and the more I am able to open carry.
    It would be awesome if I could conceal carry because I would be able to carry at a lot more places.

    I just feel more comfortable with a firearm on me. After spending my time in the Marines I have a sense of duty to my family and community that I just cant shake. I don't know how I could live with myself if I were to let my family and my community down by not being there when they needed me. I don't know, maybe the Marine Corps just brain washed me good but I care very little for my own life, the only thing that brings me joy is knowing that I can protect and defend the people around me so they may go on and do great things. I am a simple servant of the Flag and will remain so until I die. I think that is the only thing I am really good at.

    I thirst for knowledge, I love freedom, I love my family, I love my country.

    I love organic gardening too! My winter garden is going in this weekend
    "I do not love the sword for its gleam, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory; I love only what they protect."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Costa View Post
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    I love organic gardening too! My winter garden is going in this weekend
    Ours too! Tore out our above ground pool, brought in several yards of rich sandy loam from someone's basement excavation downtown, built a cute little fence around it, and even started a composting bin. We just bought a few dollars worth of seeds today.
    Plant a few things that are edible soon too. That way you won't lose interest before the longer term stuff yields.

    As for your question:

    I carry for the same reasons most everybody else does:
    1) desparate need for attention
    2) fear
    3) small tallywhacker

    And now for the reasons I've deluded myself into believing are the reasons I carry.
    1) It's part of my culture, along with fires for warmth, a knife to cut stuff, and a dog to bark at the mailman. Now knives are restricted, fires are only allowed on certain days, and the mailman may be eliminated in the next round of budget cuts. (the dog has been advised that his services may no longer be required if that happens)

    2) It's in the bill of rights, and several of those are being slowly eroded from years or decades of dismissive indifference. See the once proud right to jury trial dismissed as impractical for modern civil management.

    3) to keep the balance of power between government and the people. Nothing serves to remind a potential tyranist that there could be consequences to misuse of power like a willing display of hardware. (it's why we have the atomic bomb, but don't use it often; it's a deterrent)

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    1) Yes! The raping of our individual rights is in desperate need of attention.

    2) I agree, it's a dangerous world out there, fear is a healthy human emotion that is used to asses risk.

    3) Haha, yea it is small but it gets the job done! It's not the size of the piece that matters it's how you use it
    "I do not love the sword for its gleam, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory; I love only what they protect."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joshua Costa View Post

    ...the Marine Corps just brain washed me good but I care very little for my own life, the only thing that brings me joy is knowing that I can protect and defend the people around me so they may go on and do great things.

    I am a simple servant of the Flag and will remain so until I die. I think that is the only thing I am really good at.

    I thirst for knowledge, I love freedom, I love my family, I love my country.

    I shall read, with interest, the upcoming discussions on your thread.

    Thank you for your service to our great nation.

    In this day and age, when patriotism seems to have been put on the "back burner" (even in the White House), it is refreshing and inspirational to read of your love for freedom, family, and country!
    Proud Veteran ~ U.S. Army / Army Reserve

    Mississippi State Guard ~ Honorably Retired


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    At this stage of my life, I fear a cop much more than I fear the common criminal, for it generally seems that cops can act with state-sanctioned impunity and make my life a living hell for not much more than a simple "misunderstanding." It is a tough line to walk but that is generally where I stand.

    I carry and have carried as a form of protest to the current state of affairs and as a way to engage and educate people in my day-to-day life about guns, the law, rights and our valuable history, among other things.

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