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Harley Dude
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I picked this out of the recent message and think its a good reminder for us all:

His advice smacks of good ole, "Common Sense!" Do you agree???


The young lady recently murdered while hiking the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail might be alive today if she had tucked a pistol into her backpack or fanny pack. Yes, I know it's against the law to carry a pistol on the trail, but which would you prefer - breaking a bureaucratic rule or getting your brains knocked out and then being decapitated?

I'm afraid too many of us have spent our lives in an urban environment and have thus lost touch with the reality of the outdoors. When you go into the woods by yourself, you leave not only your car behind, but the protection of the law. When you are by yourself, whether on an urban street or in a forest, and someone comes along with the intention of assaulting you, you are on your own. There is no help. Your choice is run or fight. And a fight is a physical thing, not an intellectual matter.

Of course, if you are as fit as Chuck Norris and have the martial-arts skills of Jet Li, then maybe you can survive without a pistol, although bringing a black belt to a gunfight is not going to do you much good.

Merely having a gun does not mean you will survive the encounter. The gun is an inanimate object, a tool. It can't think, it can't move, it can't aim itself, and it can't fire itself. You have to supply the brains. These days, everyone would do well to add a pinch of paranoia to his otherwise sunny disposition and trusting nature. If you are in an isolated area, any stranger should be considered an enemy until proven differently. That doesn't mean you attack the stranger; it just means you watch him carefully and don't let him get too close to you or behind you.

For a gun/tool to be of any use, it has to be loaded and readily available at the time and place you need it. You can't very well say: "Uh, hold up there a moment, will you? I know I put that pistol somewhere."
 
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