You gotta love the way people pick and choose what parts of a conversation they will attack or defend, instead of treating the subject as a whole. Whether you lug around a rifle or shotgun to add a bit of wild game to the pantry, or carrying a handgun for personal protection, there is nothing wrong with going armed into the wilds. It is how you use that weapon. That said, I would like to address some comments made on this thread.
Daryl Daryl stated that he was afraid of unleashed dogs on the trail, and that his view of guns was similar. Excited dogs can jump and bark and bite, so can guns. Both. Should be leashed, so to speak. Guns should be concealed if at all possible, just for the peace of mind of others. And a leashed dog might just prevent it from getting shot.
Spelt- your correct, it's what they do after they get elected that shows their true colors.
Dean- I don't think this administration has charged any more whistle blowers than others, I just think that their problems have been in the press more often.
Peter- What concerns us about people on the trail? The same things that concern us about people anywhere else. While people on the trail tend to be more laid back, not all have that same mindset.
Bob Bankhead- All good ideas, but while I wouldn't ignore the gun, I would be aware of it. And that hike naked thing, you sure about that, not all of us are in pristine condition.
Ken Helwig- I think it is you that needs a better understanding of the 2nd Amendment. Ours is based on the English Bill of Rights, enacted to combat the tyranny of King James II who tried to disarm his political enemies, ( the Protestants ) and supported the natural rights of self defense, resistance to oppression, and to act in defense of the realm.
Equating gun control to Hitler's Germany. One of the things he did after seizing power was to enact the Nazi Weapons Act of 1938, which gave the Nazis power to institute background checks, registration, control what ammo was allowed, and made it illegal for Jews to own guns, truncheons, and bladed weapons. Basically disarming an entire section of the German population.
Tyranny does not have to be restricted to one person, it can be tyranny by the majority. You wanted example- slavery, women's sufferage, The National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the arrest and detainment of American citizens without warrants or due process. How about Congress ceding its war declaration powers to the President which allows him or her to start a war for whatever reason they think the public will buy. Patriot Act reductions of individual rights, illegal wire taps and spying on citizens (Verizon). TSA confiscation of private property and intimate searches during aircraft boarding. Passing a 2500+ page healthcare act with no floor debate and not originating in the House of Representatives as required by the Constitution. The President bypassing Congress to enact laws by Presidential decree. Sounds a bit like oppression and tyranny doesn't it.
Matthew- you pretty much get a pass because most of what you said is correct. The Liberals do seem to trot out the racist card a lot if you happen to disagree with them. I do agree with the others, the memes are a bit much.
Last but not least
Jen Mitol- Being a " flaming left wing socialist liberal". Go for it, diversity is what makes life interesting. Part of the fun is having an intelligent conversation and trying to change opinions.
I'm glad that you are "intolerant of intolerance", we all should be.
Matthew's comment about "new citizens" was not racist, but fact.
"I wonder why some people feel the need to extend their manhood to include packing heat when there are no grizzlies around". Sexist much?
Bears aren't the only dangerous critters out there.
"What are you afraid of, who do you plan on shooting? Not much if I am armed, and no one unless my safety is involved.
"Purity of hiking trumps mine". It doesn't and it shouldn't, mutual respect would go a long way.
"A well regulated militia" are citizen soldiers like the Guard and Reserve, not private citizens, unless they are called up to serve.
Calling someone a yokel, not sure if that is racist, regionist or what, but it is rude and demeaning.
"Lay off the testosterone" Again, sexist, you a member of the girly girl man hating club?
A handgun is a deterrent, whether loaded or not, it give people pause, it makes them think before acting. Just like a leashed dog gives people peace of mind, a firearm give other people the same peace of mind. I personally think they should be concealed and brought out only in cases of extreme need. Out of site out of mind.
Thanks for allowing me to rant.