gobbly wrote:This is a little off topic, but one of the things I never expected about carrying, but have come to really appreciate, is how much it effects the way I carry myself, and how I think about situations. It tends to keep me more reserved. I get less upset with mistakes other drivers make. Without a conscious effort I feel more soft spoken. I can take a little more verbal abuse from random idiots without feeling like I have to respond. The weight on my hip is like a constant subconscious reminder that I must hold myself to a higher standard.
As for me, I carry to have options.
I sincerely hope that I never, EVER, have to use my firearm. Besides the financial ruin and likelihood of being charged/going to jail/etc (as outlined by Divegeek; a line of thinking I subscribe to), I never want to have to live with another human being's blood on my hands, regardless of whether or not it was a "good shoot" or not. I don't ever want to kill another person. I always have the option to run away, fight back with other means, or even talk myself out of the situation rather than use my firearm, and I will do everything I can not to shoot someone.
I don't want to be the "hero", or the guy that stops the masked man from robbing a bank. I would much rather be a good witness for the police. However, I will not hesitate if my life -- or someone I care about -- is in immediate danger, and I have no other options.
The Trayvon Martin shooting is a firm reminder that we must be judicious in our use of force. I don't know all the facts about the case, but I don't need to know all of them to have sympathy for everyone involved. The only facts that I know are correct is that a 17-year-old kid is dead; taken from his family. That's a tragic and sad thing, regardless of how it happened, and I have a massive amount of empathy for his mother. Zimmerman has to live with that on his conscience for the rest of his life.
The rest is for the courts to figure out.
I looked up "Ninjas" at Thesaurus.com.
Thesaurus.com: "Ninjas can not be found."
Well played, Ninjas. Well played.