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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]

    carrying a gun makes me more confident to protect my family who might be in harms way......Make no mistake about it if attacked I would shoot first and ask questions later..........I will do whatever it takes to protect my family in this nutty world we live in today.
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    Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    I think the question is 100% dumb. And word choice makes it clearly a left-wing sort of question...

    Empowered? That is such the wrong word, but of course the whole idea is to get those that support CC and such to say 'yes', then the words can be used for a great twist...
    Why? Why word it any different? I want them to understand EXACTLY the answer to that question. It makes me confident when dealing with criminals. You ignore the question and they will treat it like a victory. You smack it down and show them why it is a pointless question.
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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    Why? Why word it any different?
    Because empowered is a word used politically. Do you feel 'safer', 'more secure' .. these things make sense. 'Empowered' is just a left wing trap.
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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    carrying a gun makes me more confident to protect my family who might be in harms way......Make no mistake about it if attacked I would shoot first and ask questions later..........I will do whatever it takes to protect my family in this nutty world we live in today.
    Although, I do not carry a gun. I do support this view the most. Taking away or restricting the ability to defend against people that are violent and have a gun would make people very powerless.

    I do support increased background checks, but do not support outlawing guns. History shows that the people that are going to have the illegal guns are only going to be the criminals because they are going to retrieve them however they want regardless of the law.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    I think the question is 100% dumb. And word choice makes it clearly a left-wing sort of question...

    Empowered? That is such the wrong word, but of course the whole idea is to get those that support CC and such to say 'yes', then the words can be used for a great twist...
    Five days later and the yesses are winning (and with no poll expiration). If that had been my goal I would have done it by now, except I have no desire to cement my reputation as a bait or trap thread starter.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    I'm not particularly pro or anti gun and have no dog or hidden agendas in this fight. I have no desire to slander gun owners or paint them in any negative light; and I introduce this thread with this disclaimer because like many hot button topics any one perceived position is likely to be encountered by a polar extreme, an easy example being the Middle East and Abortion forums.

    I'm just curious.
    at first in my head i answered no, carring a gun does nothing like that for me BUT

    then i looked up the word and saw definition number two lol

    em·pow·er

    verb /emˈpou(-ə)r/ 
    empowered, past participle; empowered, past tense; empowering, present participle; empowers, 3rd person singular present

    1.) Give (someone) the authority or power to do something
    - nobody was empowered to sign checks on her behalf

    2.) Enable (someone) to do (something)
    - cryptography will empower individuals to control their information


    3.) Make (someone) stronger and more confident, esp. in controlling their life and claiming their rights
    - movements to empower the poor


    i wasnt aware of the number two definition in such a general sense

    but again, i still dont know how to answer because its not a feeling or a sense its just a fact.

    carrying a gun ENABLES me to be MORE capable to protect me and mine.
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    Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arbo View Post
    Because empowered is a word used politically. Do you feel 'safer', 'more secure' .. these things make sense. 'Empowered' is just a left wing trap.
    It is a left wing trap word for women and blacks now too? Hm.

    It is only a trap word if you make it.
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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by stonewall50 View Post
    It is a left wing trap word for women and blacks now too?
    What on earth are you talking about?
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    re: Does carrying a gun increase your sense of empowerment? [W:112]

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    carrying a gun makes me more confident to protect my family who might be in harms way......Make no mistake about it if attacked I would shoot first and ask questions later..........I will do whatever it takes to protect my family in this nutty world we live in today.
    I agree, I have a scar on my right hand where I was forced to defend myself 22 years ago in Memphis. If I had been carrying then as I do now, I would be without the scar and that guy would not ever attacked anyone again.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    I agree, I have a scar on my right hand where I was forced to defend myself 22 years ago in Memphis. If I had been carrying then as I do now, I would be without the scar and that guy would not ever attacked anyone again.
    does he have children? it's curious that you think avoiding the scar would be worth orphaning kids, yet you haven't had laser surgery to remove the scar. has he attacked anyone again? if he hasn't, then a gun wouldn't have prevented it.

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