Sunday, May 19, 2013

Paranoid?

By Dave Dargo

There's an old joke among people who carry guns:
A man is in line at the grocery store openly carrying a gun.  The woman behind him is shocked and says, "You're carrying a gun?  Are you expecting some kind of trouble?"  The man carrying the gun replies, "No, ma'am, if I was expecting trouble I'd have brought my shotgun."
One common refrain in the not-so-informed press is that people who carry guns must be a special kind of paranoid.

I carry a gun and often wonder if maybe I'm a little obsessive-compulsive about safety and preparedness.  In my car I have multiple flashlights, a roadside emergency kit with flares, an air compressor and other "necessities".  We keep fire extinguishers and flashlights in our home along with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  When we lived in California we had an earthquake rescue kit with emergency food rations stored in a 40-gallon trash can in the back yard.  When I hike in the desert I carry a satellite phone.  Not everyone takes preparedness this far; I recognize that.

But you most likely do have auto insurance, fire insurance and maybe flood and umbrella insurance.  Why do you have insurance?  Probably in case something happens.

It's the same way with carrying a gun; in case something happens.

A common refrain amongst those I know, "I'd rather have my gun and not need it than need it and not have it."

There is a certain utopian theme among people who are anti-gun.  Generally they want to live in a world where guns aren't necessary.  I'd like to live in a world where guns aren't necessary.  The difference between me and those utopians is that they think that by forcefully removing guns from the law-abiding citizen, by removing guns from their view that they believe they can then pretend to live in that utopian world.

Unfortunately, the world doesn't work that way.  I consider myself a realist.  Next to my optimistic wife I appear to be a pessimist.  Next to a true pessimist I am one sunny son-of-a-gun.  As a realist, I recognize that there are bad people in this world who would prefer to prey on their fellow citizens rather than earn an honest living.  As a realist I want to be ready if I run into one of those predators.  If I do I won't think, "I can't believe this is happening to me."  Instead, I'll think, "I knew this might happen some day and I know what to do."

That thought, "I knew this might happen some day and I know what to do," is the thought we should all have whether it relates to a fire in the home, a flood, an earthquake or any other emergency situation.  We should be prepared and ready to handle what's thrown our way.

Am I paranoid?  Not a bit.  Am I prepared?  You bet.


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