Why Carry 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.
    • Exodus 20:13 “You shall not murder.” ESV  (do not take innocent life)
  • 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.
    • Proverbs 25:26 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” ESV
  • 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.
    • James 4:17 “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” NLT
  • 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.
    • Joel 3:9-10 “Proclaim this among the nations: Consecrate for war; stir up the mighty men. Let all the men of war draw near; let them come up.  Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” ESV
  • I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate; I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
    • Psalm 144:1-2 “Blessed be the Lord, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; He is my steadfast Love and my Fortress, my Stronghold and my Deliverer, my Shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”   ESV
  • 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.
  • I don’t carry a gun to bring harm, I carry a gun to bring protection to my family, my friends, myself and to YOU!
    • Psalm 82:4 “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” ESV
  • I don’t carry a gun because I want to be a policeman. I could never do the work of these brave law enforcement professionals, I am not brave enough, trained enough or strong enough.  I carry a gun because I know there are far more bad guys than good guys with a badge and they are limited by time and distance from being everywhere I am and where you are as well.   Average police response time in our country is 10 minutes.  If you are being attacked you should be praying that someone will intervene before 10 minutes.
  • Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take a whoopin’!
    • -Adapted from a Facebook post by George Winget
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