Saturday, October 18, 2008

Roberta X Asks a Question

Last week Roberta X asked a simple question, a question that has become a Meme and is being answered across the blogosphere. I have not read to much of the answers other bloggers have posted, I was waiting until I posted an answer of my own.

The question?

How about you? Why do you shoot? Why do you carry, if you carry at all?
So why do I shoot?

For me, the answer to that question is pretty straight forward. I shoot because my Dad taught me to shoot. He gave me my first long gun for my seventh birthday. It was a .22/.410 over under. It was mine. My Dad's friend, Jay Boone, gave me a hunter's safety course and helped my Dad work on my shooting skills. We hunted dove, rabbit and gophers with that gun. As I got older I purchased more guns and hunted larger animals. In high school my group of friends were all shooters. We would head out to the desert on our dirt bikes or in pickup trucks, loaded down with all sorts of both long and hand guns. We never hurt anyone, or each other. We knew to be safe. Shooting was always done with folks I liked and respected.

I enjoy putting holes in little targets at distance. I have come to really enjoy the sound of a high velocity projectile striking a metal plate or a .22 bullet knocking over a metallic ram at 200 meters.

In the shooting sports, there is always something new to learn. Over the past few years I have taken up action pistol shooting, first to improve my skills for self defence, and now because it is a blast.

In the shooting sports, it is just me, my gun, and the target. Sometimes the match calls for accuracy, sometimes for speed and accuracy, and sometimes athleticism along with speed and accuracy. In the end, it comes down to the shooter, the equipment and the target.

Why do I carry?

I carry because it is my responsibility. I am responsible for my own safety and the safety and security of my family. The fact that I carry is a deterrent to goblins in my community. They do not know that I carry, but the fact that I might gives them pause. The daily news stories about goblins being put down by armed citizens should give them pause. Earlier I mentioned responsibility, maybe I should have said duty. I am a free citizen of these United States. As a free citizen, it is my duty to exercise my Second Amendment rights and fulfill my responsibilities as a citizen.

I carry because I can. I carry because I should. I carry because it is my right, my responsibility and my duty to carry.

So, why do you shoot? Why do you carry? If you don't shoot, or don't carry, why don't you?


Frances Clements said...

This is off topic, but I am curious. Are most gun advocates equally against other forms of weapon contol laws? For example, knife length or knives that open with a spring or using bear strength mace on people.

John R said...

Advocates for our right to keep and bear arms are not just advocates against gun control. Arms are arms. Texas has some pretty silly knife laws. Heck, it is illegal to carry a Bowie Knife in Texas. Can you believe it?
In Texas, you can purchase, but not carry an auto knife. The same goes for dirks, stilettos, etc.
There are knife rights organizations that advocate and lobby for knife rights, I probably should highlight them every once in awhile.
As for mace and pepper spray, most of us feel that you should carry what you can. V carries a very strong pepper spray. Tasers, Ninja throwing stars, and nunchucks all have state mandated restrictions that make as much sense as any other anti arms law, that is to say none at all.

Frances Clements said...

If you would highlight some of the knife rights organizations and some of you favorite non-gun weapons, I would find that very interesting. Though I am probably not your typical reader.

Anonymous said...

There have been organizations in the past and some still exist but with a reduced following, that have wanted to control who has the "state-granted" privilege of studying a martial art or hand-to-hand combat system.

To be dedicated to the premise of "the Right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" is to be dedicated to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms...including the ones attached to the human body.