Why Grandpa Carries a Gun?

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The quintessential reason why Grandpa carries a gun.


My old Grandpa said to me, 'Son, there comes a time in every man's life when he stops bustin' knuckles and starts bustin' caps and usually it's when he becomes too old to take a whoopin'.'  


  • I don't carry a gun to kill people; I carry a gun to keep from being killed. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I'm evil; I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the World. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I hate the government; I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I'm angry; I carry a gun so that I don't have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I want to shoot someone; I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.     
  • I don't carry a gun to make me feel like a man; I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate. 
  • I don't carry a gun because I love it; I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me. 


Police protection is an oxymoron: Free citizens must protect themselves because police do not protect you from crime; they just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. 


Personally, I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take a whoopin!




opher goodwin Added Feb 6, 2019 - 8:04pm
We know why.
Guns kill people. It makes you feel safe and big.
Marty Koval Added Feb 6, 2019 - 8:35pm
Mogg Tsur:
I agree completely that all Americans support Law Enforcement and operate within current laws in those cases where they must defend themselves or another innocent person. Complying with the law is imperative for a civilized society. If people do not like the laws, they must use the legislative process to change the laws.
Ward Tipton Added Feb 7, 2019 - 7:25am
I will admit, it does make me feel safe. In fact, I can safely state that I have never been attacked by the same person twice in the civilian realm. 
Ward Tipton Added Feb 7, 2019 - 7:26am
I do not go around feeling my "big" though ... but my girlfriend may ... just do not tell my wife that!
Marty Koval Added Feb 7, 2019 - 8:28am
opher goodwin:
The majority of legal gun owners would say it makes them feel safer because it gives them ability to defend themselves against a violent person who wants to injure or kill them or others. These same gun owners (which many are woman) would say owning or carrying a gun does not make them feel bigger.
Yes there are some gun owners out there that are egotistical and carrying a gun or owning one makes them fee bigger, but they are not the majority.
For the illegal gun owners, who are murderers , rapist, kidnappers and drug dealers, I will let them respond to your comments.
Steel Breeze Added Feb 7, 2019 - 10:08am
i carry a gun because it is the singular reason i am breathing right now....
Marty Koval Added Feb 7, 2019 - 12:56pm
Steel Breeze:
I do not know your circumstances you experienced, but concur with your statement that the singular reason you are breathing right now was because you were carry a gun.
Many people who rely on police to protect them are totally deceived. It is up to them to provide for their own protection. "Police Protection" is a contradiction of terms!   Police rarely stop crimes from taking place.  Rather, they spend most of their time investigating offences, after the damage has been done, and after innocent victims have been permanently disabled/deformed or murdered.
Accordingly, most gun owners I know carry a gun, because they say they are too young to be murdered, and too old to suffer crippling injury at the hands of violent criminals.
Ward Tipton Added Feb 7, 2019 - 3:05pm
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Well ... in my case, hours but ... hey. 
Dino Manalis Added Feb 7, 2019 - 3:07pm
 Self-defense is important, but the gun should be concealed and stored properly.
Marty Koval Added Feb 7, 2019 - 4:20pm
 Dino Manalis
Even if the police are minutes away, it only takes a few seconds for evil a person to kill another person. An attacker with a knife can cover 21 feet in 1.5 seconds or 75 feet in 5.0 seconds. The person who is being attacked has to make an extremely fast decision to shoot or not to shoot. For example if someone breaks into your house at night, while your sleeping, the intruder can be in your bedroom before you even get out of bed.
Having safe storage for guns is important, but if it takes you seconds to get to the gun and get it in your hands, you could easily be killed by the intruder.
edinmountainview Added Feb 7, 2019 - 5:06pm
No concealed carry in California unless you are a politician or have connections in the right places.  If you are caught with illegally carrying a concealed weapon, you go directly to jail, do not pass GO and do not collect $200.  I have an axe handle and an inch-round dowling in my car for some minimal protection, should the need arise.
Semper Fi
Johnny Fever Added Feb 7, 2019 - 6:40pm
Here’s some reasons why my highly intelligent, sane grandpa never brought guns into the house:
1) Accidents happen and gun accidents can be lethal.
2) Sometimes we get sad and with guns in the house, that can easily lead to suicide.
3) People aren’t looking to break into your house and murder you.  That is, unless you’re a paranoid grandpa. 
4) He understood that if you’re upset with what the government is doing, guns are not the answer, the answer is at the ballot box. 
Marty Koval Added Feb 7, 2019 - 8:09pm
Johnny Fever:
Here are some home invasion statistics you should be afraid of. The Department of Justice reported one million burglaries occurred with people in the home. 27% of them became victim of a violent crime.
According to the FBI, you can expect 1 in every 36 homes to be robbed.
The Department of Justice reported the use of weapons in a majority of robberies. 41% of robberies involved firearms and 7.8% included knives or other cutting devices. In addition, 42.5% used strong-arm tactics, whether verbal or physical.
Forcible entry occurs when someone enters a home with some type of force or weapon. Almost 58% of home invasions used some type of forcible entry. Almost 7% of the burglaries accounted for attempted forcible entry. The remaining were unlawful entries with no force.
A majority of offenders head straight to the master bedroom. Many homeowners leave their most valuable items in this room. The typical items include cash, jewelry, and weapons. In the master bedroom, they often head to the nightstand and closet first.
A shocking 2.5 million victims use a gun to scare their offender. That's almost 5 law-abiding citizens a minute. However, victims only shoot their offender 8% of the time. They mostly use the firearm to scare their offender away.
For these reason, is why a highly intelligent and sane grandpa will own a gun and know how to use it to defend himself and his family.
Ward Tipton Added Feb 7, 2019 - 9:53pm
"I have an axe handle and an inch-round dowling in my car for some minimal protection"
Blackpowder weapons are often legal where modern firearms are not. Mind you, if you resort to carrying a blackpowder pistol, it may be best if you have somewhere you can clear the cylinders on a regular basis ... keep your powder dry as it were. 
Thomas Napers Added Feb 9, 2019 - 3:16am
Marty – Your home invasion statistics are highly misleading and I think you know it.  There are 130 million households in America.  Accordingly, 1 million / 130 million * 27% is a really small number.  It gets to be an even smaller number if we had statistics of the amount of gun owners hurt during a home invasion knowing that if they didn’t have a gun, they wouldn’t have interfered and got themselves hurt.  Accordingly, everything Johnny wrote is accurate.  That is, if the reason you wish to own a gun is to protect yourself from a home invasion, you should not own a gun.  The many risks far outweigh any perceived benefit of owning a gun to protect your safety.
Of course you’re free to continue releasing a relentless barrage of pro-gun articles, followed up by your deceitful debate tactics.  But why not take the high road and simply say that the reason to own a gun is because it’s your Constitutional Right?  Short of amending the Constitution, there is no retort to that argument.  Then write about something else for a change. 
Ward Tipton Added Feb 9, 2019 - 6:23am
The number of troops killed in Vietnam was a statistically small number of the population as a whole. Even more minor in the current efforts in Afghanistan. Are those numbers less important because they are smaller? Do you believe that any of those successful defenses of the home is any less important to the homeowner or family member who was saved? 
I will be waiting for you to condemn Opher for writing incessantly about the need for a global, benevolent government too. Oh wait ... people here can write about whatever they want. Don't you hate it when people have that freedom? Perhaps Thomas Napers, you would provide a list of article topics that you approve of so nobody here offends your sensitive issues with their subject matter? 
Marty Koval Added Feb 9, 2019 - 8:21am
Thomas Napers:
The number of home invasion incidents might be small and incidental to you, when compared to total households. The victim (s) in the house that is being injured or murdered are only concern for their ability from being murdered. In this situation, they want to be able to do whatever it takes from being killed.
For example, in 2018, 40,000 people were killed in automobile accidents. Since there are 250 million vehicles on America's roads, are these deaths insignificant also?
Mark Hunter Added Feb 10, 2019 - 4:35am
Well said, Marty; you just encapsulated why the gun owners I know carry.
White Hair'd Added Feb 10, 2019 - 1:49pm
I agree with your reasoning on the matter, being older now, myself. Still, I don't usually carry in my vehicle and have never done so on my person.
Over a decade ago, I was confronted by an individual who was determined to kill me and was known to have made at least three public statements to that effect. He finally faced me and I was unarmed. I am here to tell the tale...
Some time after the dust had settled, a life long friend asked why I didn't carry, since he knew I owned several pistols.
I told him that I was dangerous enough, on my own. He thought for a moment and then agreed that he knew me well and it was true.
Times change and I must face the fact that I couldn't keep up with some determined young man, intent on harm, so I've rethought my former position. I try not to go where violence might ensue, but remain wary, everywhere. A man has to know his limitations.
Marty Koval Added Feb 10, 2019 - 4:49pm
White Hair'd
I agree that it is wise to understand your own limitations and all of us have them. Like yourself, I try to avoid areas where violence might occur. Unfortunately today, violent people can turn up anywhere. Like at a gas stations, restaurants, shopping malls, hospitals, churches, your own home, etc.
With many people high on drugs or desperate to get drugs, these people will do whatever it takes to take you money or vehicle. Even if it means killing you. I believe in emergency preparedness, which is a way of hoping for the best in even the worst of situations. One of these plans is to always be prepare to defend yourself against an attacker.