Why do you carry a gun?
It’s a question I’m often asked. Usually followed by, “what are you afraid of?” Sometimes I wonder why a free American should be asked to validate simply exercising his rights. However, it is an important question because, understanding that motivation might be all that separates those who support gun rights/concealed carry from those who don’t. So I want to address this, not to speak for anyone else, only for myself.
I don’t carry out of fear. For certain some people do, I’m sure that many people feel legitimately threatened in one way or another. Whether it be a woman who is being harassed or stalked, or someone who travels often and feels less able to protect themselves away from their home, or maybe someone feels threatened because they’ve seen cable news (a platform designed to scare you). But that’s not me. I’ve been blessed , so far, to live my life in relative security. However, I recognize that is subject to change at any time.
I carry to be able to protect myself and the people I love should the situation call for it. More importantly, I carry out of a sense of responsibility as a citizen. Men and women have fought and died to protect all of the rights we enjoy and whether we are talking about the right to bear arms or the right to vote, we honor their memory every time we exercise our rights. Rights are like our muscles, they work best when exercised regularly. If we don’t, they wither away to nothing and it might become too easy to forget we even have them.
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