I know I am bringing up some old material here, in fact, let me start by posting a link to a thread made here by a well-respected member, @spd67, back in October, 2009: https://www.okshooters.com/threads/why-you-should-ccw-every-day.69489/#post-859256. Thank you sir, for this still very relevant thread. Although made almost 10 years ago, it is still important today, maybe even more so now in light of the national spotlight and focus on the tragedy of senseless gun violence. We are fortunate to have LEOs like him and GED and the others who I won't name for now among us. OSA is a better place because of them, and I salute all of you men and women who step out daily, prepared and sworn to face the scum that slithers along our streets. You are the true Sheep Dogs in our civilian society. It might be important to re-think our reasons for choosing to carry a gun during times like this when the media is so quick to respond to mass shootings. Many are eager to condemn all gun owners for the violent acts committed by a few deranged people. Mass shooters seem only to want to take out as many innocent victims as they can before they go out in a blaze of glory themselves. I just wish, like many, that these mass shooters would shoot themselves first before opening fire in a crowd. Everyone has heard all the rhetoric from both sides. You know, things like: "All guns are dangerous". "Guns are made to kill". "The mere presence of a gun increases the chances of gun violence". (Duh). This is all true. Guns are dangerous; if a gun wasn't dangerous, I wouldn't have one on me. "Guns are made to kill" Uh huh, and forks MAKE you fat. And cars MAKE you speed. And cell phones MAKE you text while you're driving, and having a checkbook MAKES you write bad checks, and having a prescription for opioids MAKES you overdose... Having those things doesn't mean I'll do those things and having a gun makes doesn't make me shoot somebody. And then we have all heard that "The only way to stop a BGWAG is with a GGWAG". Well, that is also true, to an extent. But then again, a BGWAG can really only carry so much ammo in all those high-capacity magazines anyway, so he'll eventually have to stop shooting sometime, even if just to take a break, maybe just a short one to go to the restroom, and then re-load his mags before resuming fire, giving some potential victims a reasonable chance to break cover and escape the initial attack. Why, after awhile, he may even just get bored, like some of us do when we are just wasting ammo at the range after the first hour or so. Or maybe he will get tired and finally just stop shooting people on his own and leave. But I digress; this is why I carry a gun: I CARRY A GUN TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY LOVED ONES FROM THE THREAT OF SERIOUS BODILY HARM OR DEATH. I do not carry a gun with the intent of stopping the BGWAG. I carry a gun with the intent that me and mine come home alive and safe. While I am indeed a GGWAG, I am not a sheepdog. I am a civilian. If I am in a public place or venue, and a nutjob comes in and starts shooting the place up, I will not stalk him and attempt to stop him by shooting him. I am not going to the store to be the 10PM News Hero, I am going to maybe get a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs. While I am indeed a GGWAG, my first and most important responsibility is to bring me and my loved ones home safe. Now, if the BGWAG changes the dynamics, and gets too close to me in my place of best available cover and concealment, I may choose to employ my weapon. And make no mistake; it is a weapon, not a lucky charm. Employing my weapon without ear protection in a public place and surrounded by screaming panicked people is vastly different than a leisurely range session where I am simply trying to adjust a new set of sights on my Target .22 pistol. I cannot help but feel the climate shifting among many gun owners that they must be the GWAG in case there is a BGWAG, and that they must be responsible to stop him. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you carry a gun?