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Response to TPaine7 (Reply #63)

Mon May 21, 2012, 06:55 PM

75. OK, I'll attempt to explain my position.

The only legitimate reason to carry a handgun would be for self defense. Correct?
If I felt my home needed defending with a firearm, I would choose a shotgun every time, but I accept that others may prefer a handgun.

Carrying a weapon outside the home is such an extreme action, that I could never consider it based on the current odds of ever needing one. By not carrying one, I can rest assured that it will not be stolen, will not be used to kill me or another and will not be the cause of an accidental shooting. The responsibility of carrying the gun and inherent stress would far outweigh any advantage it might give me. In fact, I would consider it a distraction from seeking less violent alternatives.
It isn't that my life isn't worth defending, I value it immensely. But, if I were to take the life of another, except in the rarest of rare circumstances, my life would decrease in value to the point where I would have to question what I was defending in the first place. The odds of my being attacked are incredibly remote. I know that doesn't apply to all. I have lived in places where the odds were much higher. Very high indeed. But I never felt that a gun would have resolved anything. On the contrary.
I care more about who I have to face in the mirror each morning, not whom I might encounter in the street.

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