Why I Always Carry


The tragic shootings in Tucson recently have refueled the debate over so-called “reasonable” gun control measures. Just as predictable, the hyperbole of gun banners is presented as fact by a collusionary media. Emotions run high on both sides of the argument. And while it might satisfy my emotions to counter each bit of the hyperbole, it certainly would not usher the argument to an acceptable conclusion. So, rather than engage in a defensive tit-for-tat that would lend credence to the other side’s exaggerations, I will explain why I almost always have a gun either on my body, or within arm’s reach.

Humans are tool users, and for virtually all of my life I have made my living through the use of tools. Sometimes the tools have been wrenches, a torch, a welder, a mill or a lathe. Other times it has been a computer, a camera or a microphone. Often, my tool of choice has been a firearm. Yes, a firearm is a tool—and very effective tool at that. A firearm is a tool that allows one to control his or her environment over a distance.

As hunters, we utilize our firearms to control our environment in order to reduce game animals to our possession. Citizens, law enforcement officers and even military personnel employ firearms in order to control our environment and provide security for ourselves, our families, other citizens who may not be capable of providing it on their own, or our fellow countrymen.

It certainly is no secret that the world remains a very dangerous place. There isn’t a place where a threat to one’s life cannot penetrate. Everyone carries tools with themselves each day to deal with a variety of threats. It may be a coat to deter the cold, an umbrella to protect one’s self from the rain or even a tube of sun screen to shield one’s skin from harmful sun rays. Why in the world would anyone not include a tool to counter a life-threatening sociopath or, perhaps, a wild animal?

I am very fortunate to live in a place where crime is quite low, compared to most urban areas. Last year three prison inmates from Arizona and murdered an elderly couple in New Mexico. They vowed not to be taken alive. Two of the three headed north and were spotted in Yellowstone National Park, about 70 miles west of where I live. One of the prisoners was captured in the little town of Meeteetse, some 50 miles south of my place. Additionally, there have been at least two grizzlies spotted within five miles of my property along the Shoshone River during the past year. One was captured and euthanized. You can count on me being armed any time I venture down to the river to fish or work. Furthermore I don’t leave my home without at least one handgun on me, and often there is another gun or two in the truck. Just as I have with me the tools to deal with a roadside emergency, I keep close to me the tools necessary to deal with a security threat. As far as I am concerned, it’s simply good sense.

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4 Responses to Why I Always Carry

Dale wrote:
February 25, 2011

I carry or have within reach a firearm 99% of the time. Its the same reason I carry a spare tire. You just never know. I also carry a small medical kit with Quick clot and compression gauze. My lot in life is a protector and I need the tools to answer my calling.

michael s wrote:
February 17, 2011

Guns are tools.People should master defensive weapons. The greatist one to possess is our brain.Always pay attention,and practice discernment.Listen to our gut the first time. Vibes dont feel right do not hesitate to remove ourselves.Let us be 20/20 on the front side,and live for another day.Guns help, but everything has limitations.

Doug Schaffer wrote:
February 17, 2011

Amen! Guns are tools! I taught my sons the use of tools from 2 on, turn a screw, drive a nail, etc. Consequences being one of the most valuable lesson of life, I did allow them to hit their fingers with the hammer. I showed each of them the difference between toy guns and real guns at 3 yrs. Safety gear in place, each fired a toy gun to no effect, then fired my revolver ( my hands around theirs ). Having removed the surprise, each of them developed and appreciation of the use of firearms. I asked each one if he would like to go again. The first one said no, the second one said YES! Both are responsible gun owning adults, and excellent marksmen. I never worried about clandestine experimentation, since I would shot with them any time they asked. We live with all manner of tools; people are the only weapons.

Larry wrote:
February 17, 2011

You hit it right on the nose! Too bad good sense can't prevail in all states. Unfortunately there are places where carrying a sidearm for protection while hunting with long arm or bow is prohibited leaving the hunter or even recreational hiker at risk. I know from personal experiance once in SC the value of having backup power available. I was deliberately shot at by an unknown person. Upon returning fire with my shotgun all I heard was feet running and the shooting stopped. Never did get a clear look at who or know why.