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Thread: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    It increases my awareness. It increases my sense of responsibility. I don't feel empowered.
    This has been my experience as well.

    It's been like learning martial arts in that way.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    If you cant defend yourself then you are only free so long as other people decide not to **** with you. At least in terms of present tense in the situation.
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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Becoming a victim of a crime or not becoming a victim has a lot to do on how you carry yourself. If the bad guy thinks you look like a pantywaist you may become his target.

    Packing a sidearm gives one a psychological edge and it shows.


    If you choose not to pack, what ever you do, don't have any Obama stickers, peace sign stickers on your car and don't wear any Obama pins on your clothing, all your doing is advertising that your a pantywaist and you rely on a cell phone and 911 as your only defense.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Man Bill Burr is better at arguing politics than I ever could be

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Empowered....

    In the sense that I feel that I am properly equipped to meet most threats I may encounter on at least equal terms, yes.

    I also find enjoyment in exercising the proper rights of a free citizen, enumerated in the Constitution, yes.


    However, this should be in no way construed to imply that it makes me feel "empowered" to go LOOKING for trouble... no, far from it. I will avoid trouble at all times if I reasonably can, because I have no wish to kill anyone nor to put my life on the line unless truly necessary.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    I caught hunters on my land once who claimed they didn't see any no trespassing signs. I escorted them back along their tracks in the snow where they entered my land with a bright orange sign in their face. I had my shotgun and when we got to the sign I pointed it at them and told them to lean their rifles on the tree and start walking up the trail to the road. I then made them sit cross legged for nearly two hours until the cops got there. If I had no gun they would have told me to go f*** myself when we hit the sign and laughed as they walked away.Yes guns empower.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtpoorchris View Post
    If you cant defend yourself then you are only free so long as other people decide not to **** with you. At least in terms of present tense in the situation.
    Funny thing about that though, and not saying how much it does or doesn't apply to guns. A friend of mine told me about when he was taking martial arts for a number of years. Essentially the more he trained and the more sparring experience he got, the more confident he became in most situations (I can attest to this from personal experience in karate). He walked away from such close involvement in martial arts however as he realized that he was getting into disproportionately more fights than he ever would beforehand. Of course what was happening was instead of walking away from or avoiding situations that carried increased danger, his greater confidence was allowing him to run headlong into those situations.

    Getting back on track, I'm wondering if the heightened sense of empowerment (or as Goshin might put it, "adequacy to handle potential threats") that comes with a gun inaccurately increases the sense of weakness you'd have if you were suddenly left without it?

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    It increases my awareness. It increases my sense of responsibility. I don't feel empowered.
    Those are my thoughts exactly. If I were to use my sidearm to intimidate unarmed people then it might make me feel empowered. But since the only reason I would ever draw it is if an adversary has drawn down on me or someone else, then there is no reason for it to make me feel powerful. It is just an equalizer. And I know if I have to draw it I am having a really bad day.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Risky Thicket View Post
    It increases my awareness. It increases my sense of responsibility. I don't feel empowered.
    I'd agree...definitely it's the responsibility thing. I don't know that I'm actually more aware of others when I'm carrying but I'm definitely more aware of what I'm doing.

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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I'd agree...definitely it's the responsibility thing. I don't know that I'm actually more aware of others when I'm carrying but I'm definitely more aware of what I'm doing.
    Exactly. That is the same awareness I am talking about.










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