Question of the Day: Why Do You Carry A Gun (in 10 Seconds or 10 Words)?

Yes, Brandy’s video is :15 stem to stern. But the challenge remains: tell us why you carry a gun in a comment below using ten words or less. If you’re feeling slightly more ambitious, upload a ten second or less clip to YouTube and send the link to [email protected] with the words “WHY I CARRY A GUN” (all caps) in the subject bar. We’ll post the good ones on our Facebook page. Meanwhile, Brandy’s in the studio today. I asked her to counter the antis’ argument that owning a gun puts you at more risk than not owning one.


  1. avatar Weebs says:

    To kill people.

    Seriously. That’s my answer. I don’t want to kill people, but my gun is there in case I have to kill people.

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Well that’s not very politically correct now is it?

      1. avatar DrVino says:

        Yah but so what?
        He carries so that if circumstances demand it, he can take a life to keep from being killed.

        1. avatar B-daka Daka says:

          How about for doing 67th trimester abortions?

    2. avatar Brad says:


    3. avatar bobmcd says:

      To stop people.

      Don’t shoot to kill. Shoot to stop.

      1. avatar ChuckN says:

        That depends on your personal moral code as well as your
        experience with our justice system. On the judicial side of
        things, in many ways it’s safer for you to kill rather than

        1. avatar Tom says:

          Bob didn’t say wound, he said stop.

  2. avatar Glenn says:

    I carry a gun for self defense.

  3. avatar Braenen says:

    Because fuck you, that’s why.

    1. avatar Gunracer1958 says:

      +1000 for the Smut Peddlers reference!

    2. avatar Terry Warlock says:

      yup, that’s pretty much mine too.

    3. avatar jh says:

      that was good

  4. avatar Chris from Iowa says:

    Do not need a reason, because it is my right.

  5. avatar Loyd says:

    Because I may need to use it.

  6. avatar Pulatso says:

    “To trouble Trouble, when Trouble troubles.”


    “Sh!t happens”

    1. avatar Daniel S. says:

      I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
      Some come from ahead. Some come from behind.
      But I’ve bought a big [gun], I’m all ready you see…

      “Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me.”

    2. avatar Ruun says:

      That’s mine, too. Shit happens. Addendum: when shit happens, it happens quickly.

  7. avatar Alex says:

    Because if bad things happen, I want to be prepared.

  8. avatar Bob says:

    Just in case someone goes all evil and shit.

  9. avatar Kamin says:

    I carry a gun to have a chance to live.

  10. avatar tim says:

    To have a fighting chance if attack

  11. avatar Chris from Iowa says:

    Another 10 words, courtesy of Craft and Chris Kyle:

    “Despite what your mama told you, violence does solve problems”

  12. avatar NYC2AZ says:

    … because I am the first responder.

  13. avatar John L. says:

    In case I need to make someone stop injuring me.

  14. avatar Grog12 says:

    Because I can.

  15. avatar Korvis says:

    Because my family deserves more security than government can provide.

  16. avatar jwestham says:

    I cant. Im a slave in new york.

    1. avatar Mecha75 says:

      Then you need to join the underground railroad to freedom. Texas, Arizona, Utah, Florida are all great places that still allows you to exercise your rights.

      1. avatar jwestham says:

        I am, brother. I’m moving to Virginia in February. Thank God.

  17. avatar C says:

    What gun? I don’t see a gun.

  18. avatar Jason says:

    I have a daughter

  19. avatar speedracer5050 says:

    Simple!! My family!!

  20. avatar Jim R says:

    So I don’t become another statistic.

  21. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Because “Problem solved, problem staying solved” is a good mantra.

  22. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

    I live in the People’s Republik of New Jersey 🙁

  23. avatar ensitue says:

    Because I’m an American Citizen

    1. avatar Ross says:

      This is not required to carry, green card holders and work visa holders can and do carry also.

  24. avatar AK says:

    “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall”

    I guess I couldn’t fit it all in under 10 words, but you know the rest.

  25. avatar Lucas D. says:

    Counter-question for asker: Why do you need to vote?

  26. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

    I am personally responsible for my family’s security and Liberty.

  27. avatar Cliff H says:

    “God made men, Colonel Colt made them equal.”

  28. avatar DrewR55 says:

    Because I love my family

  29. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

    ‘Cause there are people that are bigger and meaner than me.

    Darn, that’s eleven. Scratch the “Cause”.

  30. avatar PhoenixNFA says:

    When seconds count. Police are minutes away.

    1. avatar Hal says:

      When seconds count, the police forgot to turn on their handheld radios when they walked into Krispy Creme.

  31. avatar Stokeslawyer says:

    If its attached to my belt its not killing children

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:


      1. avatar stokeslawyer says:

        We all know that guns kill people when left to their own devices, so I strap it on to prevent it from going on a rampage while unattended.

  32. avatar JustLeaveLawfulGunOwnersAlone says:

    “I no longer want to run from tyrants”

  33. avatar Ross says:

    “Love thy neighbor” This is why I carry

    1. avatar SpeleoFool says:

      Yes, this! Thank you. 🙂

  34. avatar Bruce B. says:

    “For the same reason I have insurance, just in case…”

  35. avatar JaxD says:

    Because I don’t live in NYC anymore.

  36. avatar Paul53 says:

    Self preservation. I’ve seen too many desperate, crazy, stupid people.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Really! The same reason cats have claws, dogs have teeth, scorpions have stingers, etc.

  37. avatar Crpl Agarn says:

    Because I suck at fighting bad guys unarmed.

  38. avatar jwm says:

    I don’t carry a gun. California is lagging in respecting civil rights.

    (12 words. Too bad. The message is to important to restrict the number of words used. Or is 1a also up for grabs?)

  39. avatar Shaun L. says:

    When seconds count the police can be there in minutes.

    There’s your 10 words.

    Edit: OOps Pheonix beat me to it.

  40. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

    “The same reason I own a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit, because assuming I have the proper tools to do the job, the person in the best position to address my emergency is me.”

    Took about 9 seconds to state out loud without rushing.

  41. avatar SH says:

    America! F*** YEAH!

  42. avatar AJ says:

    The great Unforgiven quote: “I don’t wanna be killed for lack of shootin’ back.”

    And, “Because evil exists.”

  43. avatar ThePixelated says:

    Because the police can’t protect me all of the time.

    1. avatar Soccerchainsaw says:

      In that same stream of thought…

      “Because a policeman is too heavy to carry.”

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        I’m glad you got this one in. I was on the road and couldn’t. It always needs to be in one of these posts, otherwise it’s incomplete.

  44. avatar Tom in Oregon says:


  45. avatar Madrevar says:

    I have to be the change I wish to see . . .

  46. avatar Matt says:



    Because I can (the nuance of this one is usually lost on those asking)

  47. avatar David Harmon says:

    Because nobody protects my family as diligently as I do.

  48. avatar WayneMHK says:

    To confront deadly force with deadly force if necessary.


    To counter those who have no regard for my life.

  49. avatar Cknarf says:

    I don’t, because I live in Illinois. Fuck me, right?

  50. avatar jollyroger says:

    Because I take responsibility for my personal well being

  51. avatar DanRRZ says:

    To safeguard my life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness

  52. avatar Accur81 says:

    Because bad guys do, and those f$&@ers are everywhere.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:



  53. avatar Old Ben turning in grave says:

    Violence is never pleasant, but occasionally it’s necessary.

  54. avatar Albaniaaaa says:

    To protect myself, my family, and my friends.

  55. avatar Chris says:

    None of your God-damn business!

    1. avatar Jacknine says:

      That was going to be my answer, you beat me by 2 mins:)

    2. avatar KingSarc48265 says:


      1. avatar A-Rod says:

        Is that you Leonard Embody?

  56. avatar ensitue says:

    What no post by MATT FL?
    I was hoping to see his progressive words of surrender

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I have a comment up there, 45 minutes ago. You need reading comprehension. What the fuck is your problem with me?

      1. avatar Steve Truffer says:

        Your willingness to progressively surrender rounds into a Darwin Winner’s chest?
        I dunno what his problem is, but you write damn fine articles.

        1. avatar Terry Warlock says:


        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          It’s not the first time someone has misconstrued something I said and overreacted into calling me, variously, a progressive, a libtard, a grabber, and (my favorite) a schmuck. I do not take any real offense. I just try to find the source of their misapprehension and correct it.

        3. avatar jwm says:

          I still get a chuckle out of Matt being schmucked.

        4. avatar Rich Grise says:

          “A wise man is never insulted, because the truth will make him wiser, and an untruth is not worthy of note.”

    2. avatar Terry Warlock says:

      you’re all kinds of dumb dude.

  57. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Or, to think outside the box,

    “Because I like food”.

  58. avatar gloomhound says:

    Why Do I Carry A Gun?

    Because a freeman ought go armed to defend his honor and person.

  59. avatar parkhorse says:

    Same reason I own a fire extinguisher – bad things happen.

  60. avatar Mr. Bob says:

    Because I love my family. Same reason my wife does.

  61. avatar Philip says:

    “To push a protective bubble around all those I encounter.”

  62. avatar Andy says:

    Self defense.Plus I love to exercise my 2nd.Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  63. avatar CoolAid says:

    Because I don’t fuck around.

  64. avatar James says:

    There’s no 100% guarantee I won’t ever be a victim of a crime.

  65. avatar ThomasR says:

    Because I’m free, and I’m keeping it that way.

  66. avatar Greg says:

    I cary a gun because it’s the responsible thing to do, just like carrying insurance.

  67. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

    Because I am openly gay and a target of hate.

    1. avatar disthunder says:

      It makes me both proud and sad to read this. Sad because you’re absolutely right, and proud because while the gun community might be at odds a little over things like marriage, we are unanimous over your right to defend yourself. And that’s something.

      1. avatar Emfourty Gasmask says:

        I wish more of my own would see it that way, honestly, because we are a perfect example of why the 2nd Amendment was made and what it means, as sad as it is.

  68. avatar Greg says:

    Because a cop is too heavy

    1. avatar Mack Bolan says:

      Now thats funny.

  69. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    When tyranny rules, I still get a vote.

  70. avatar 505markf says:

    Because I accept responsibility for my own safety.

  71. avatar Texas Colt carry says:

    Too old to run, too young to die. Great equalizer.

  72. avatar Layne says:

    To launch bullets.

  73. avatar Paul B says:

    I don’t want to be party to murder, mine.

  74. avatar Mediocrates says:

    I wonder if she is aware that anybody who thinks the police take longer than 1-2 minutes to get to you are batsh*t crazy…

    and no, I haven’t forgotten this imbecilic statement.

  75. avatar Perendinater says:

    In under 10 words: It’s already saved my life once.

    In 15 words: Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    If anyone asks why I “need” a gun, my response is: “Goodness, I sure hope I don’t.” This opens the conversation.

    1. avatar Patrick says:

      That’s a good response to “Why do you need a gun?”. I have described my need as self defense, but in a more chronologically narrow sense, I don’t NEED a gun right now at all. I HAVE a gun right now in case I am ever in a situation where it is quite obvious why I need a gun.

      I guess it also follows that I don’t need 15 rounds in the mag now, but I have them in case I need a gun and after 14 rounds I still have a chance of getting killed which can be mitigated with another shot. I would NEED that last shot. The chance of me needing that 15th round is much lower than needing the tenth round, which is much lower than needing the sixth, and so on, but all other things (bulk, weight, cost) being equal, the more the better.
      Not that mags are exactly space age technology anyway, as far as regulation goes.

      600 Round Assault Clip

    2. avatar WayneMHK says:

      Reminds me of the story about a cop who pulled over an old lady who happened to have a CCL. He asked her if she had any firearms in the vehicle and she told him that she indeed had one in the glove box, one in the console, one under the seat and one in her purse. Flabbergasted, he asked her, “Good grief lady, what are you afraid of”? Her reply, “Not a F’ing thing”.

    3. avatar Cliff H says:

      “Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

      Good: Have gun, not need. Bad: Need gun, not have.

      Ten words. Fixed it for you, no charge.

  76. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    SCOTUS says police have no duty to protect, act accordingly.

  77. avatar John Botts says:

    To give my family a chance to survive bad situations.

  78. avatar Wiregrass says:

    To improve my odds.

  79. avatar Willyv says:

    Because self preservation is my God-given right.

  80. avatar Darkstar says:

    Because I’m not an elitist politician with a security detail.

  81. avatar themysticgoat says:

    My best friend was murdered.

    1. avatar SpeleoFool says:

      Sorry to hear that.

  82. avatar Hal says:

    Life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness.

  83. avatar Jesus says:

    Because I choose to.

  84. avatar Taco Ninja says:

    The cost of not carrying is too high for family.

  85. avatar Ralph says:

    Because I’m too tired to run.

  86. avatar Bob says:

    Peace of mind, just like an insurance policy.

    1. avatar Matt in Idaho says:

      Like homeowners insurance, the chances are low but the risk is enormous.

  87. avatar Patrick says:

    “To keep body counts to a minimum”

  88. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Why I carry a gun:
    To secure myself, family, and community … and because I can.

  89. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Because a cop is too heavy to carry around everywhere.

    (I cannot believe someone had not yet posted this one.)

  90. avatar Renegade Dave says:

    Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns.

  91. avatar Gregg says:

    Dr. William Petit

  92. avatar Michael B. says:

    Because my claws and teeth aren’t sharp and pointy enough.

  93. avatar Jay1987 says:

    To close with and destroy those who wish to harm me.

  94. avatar Rob.G says:

    Because my life and the lives of those around me are worth protecting.

  95. avatar A-Rod says:

    Because the Bow and Arrow approach is antiquated.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And they’re damned hard to conceal.

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      In all fairness, I would rather be shot with a bullet than an arrow. Have you ever seen what those things do, a good hunting broad head is brutal- they’ll zip right through a torso, no problem.

  96. avatar RayDeck3 says:

    To defend myself and others from the unexpected.

    The same rationale that applies to life insurance.

  97. avatar Sam Wright says:

    A policeman will not fit in my pocket.

  98. avatar Scott D. says:

    Because I have but only one life to live.

  99. avatar Daniel Raidt says:

    After 50 years of Libiturd policies I feel the need

  100. avatar Stinkeye says:

    Who says I’m carrying a gun? Concealed means concealed.

  101. avatar J.G. says:

    I refuse to allow myself or anyone else be a victim.
    Sorry its 11 words.

  102. avatar SpeleoFool says:

    Guns represent freedom: capacity to harm does not indicate intent.

  103. avatar cyrano says:

    It’s a tool and carried for a purpose, nothing more.

    (No different than a folding pocket knife, pliers, or hammer on a belt.)

  104. avatar Liberty2Alpha says:

    Yippee Ki Yay MF.

  105. avatar disthunder says:

    Because I need options when dealing with bad guys.

  106. avatar Obiwan1 says:

    Bears, Buttheads and Bozo’s. Nuff Said!

  107. avatar SpeleoFool says:

    I know it’s more than 10 words, but I had to put it out there:

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

  108. avatar Peirsonb says:

    June 6, 2013. She will not grow up without a father.

    1. avatar A-Rod says:

      2/12/2013. So he will not grow up without a father.

      Congrats to you by the way.

  109. avatar Marshall R says:

    Better to need and use than not have and wish

  110. avatar Blue says:

    Sometimes I carry more than 1. Why? Because they are mne.

  111. avatar Jay1987 says:

    Zombie bear apocalypse

    1. avatar Russ Bixby says:

      For the WIN!

  112. avatar Carry.45 says:

    Carrying a .45 adds inches to my wang.

    1. avatar Avid Reader says:

      Damn! I must not be doing it right!

      Just glad I don’t carry a .9mm, if that’s the case.

      1. avatar Carry.45 says:

        I was torn between that and a cop is too heavy.

      2. avatar Russ Bixby says:

        .9mm? I didn’t know anyone was making a production needler,..


        1. avatar Avid Reader says:

          I hadn’t seen the famous.9mm appear for a while, so this seemed like a good time.

  113. avatar gs650g says:

    Because I’m not chuck norris and don’t want to die.

  114. avatar Cameron S. says:

    To protect myself and my loved ones from unjust harm.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Probably not intentional on your part, but is there such a thing (for your family) as JUST harm?

  115. avatar Fred says:

    You can’t say where the next violent crime will occur.

  116. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    I’ve never needed my steeltoes, but I’ve needed my gun.

    EDIT: While that’s a nice “it’s good to have a gun” sound bite, it’s not a “why I carry,” especially before my first DGU.

    Why? It’d be stupid not to, and I’m not stupid.

  117. avatar Rick says:

    I decided years ago that my life is worth protecting. Also, now that I have a family, it’s part of my responsibility to protect them.

  118. avatar Jay W. says:

    Because surrender is never an option!

  119. avatar rt-texas says:

    Because on the last day of my father-in-law’s life, I promised him…

    “I will always take care of your baby”!

  120. avatar Benjamin says:

    I carry a firearm because it is my constitutional right. Guns provide fire superiority, and are a bit too large to carry.

  121. avatar Aaron says:

    To do bad things to bad people

  122. avatar TTACer says:



  123. avatar Anders A says:

    Because I want to live!

  124. avatar Nigil says:

    Best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.

  125. avatar sam says:

    I will not be a helpless victim

  126. avatar Rick says:

    Too young to die, too old to take an ass-kicking.

  127. avatar double down on 2A says:

    Cops are too hard to conceal.

    Alternatively: The Air Force didn’t let me keep my B-52.

  128. avatar haiku guy says:

    I don’t carry a gun because I live in New Jersey.

  129. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    How about 2 words?
    Self defense.
    Tyrannical government.
    Police corruption.

  130. avatar MAF says:

    You never know when you’ll cross paths with a wolf. (Figuratively & literally)

  131. avatar WarsawPactHeat says:

    As Syrio Forel once said:
    “There is only one god–and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.'”

  132. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    Here’s my ten word rationale: For rare problems guns can solve, guns solve them best.

  133. avatar Aragorn says:

    Because when things go South I want a fighting chance.

  134. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    To protect the rarest of your earthly possessions. Your life.

  135. avatar B says:

    Because **** Feinstein, Bloomberg, and Obama in the ***.

  136. No serfs, no knights. Just equal citizens under Natural Law.

  137. avatar lewis says:

    I refuse to be a victim.

  138. avatar ErrantVenture11 says:

    Because throwing knives are so passe

  139. avatar Logan says:

    Because ‘Merica.

  140. avatar R K says:

    Because the ScumBag Politicians are letting the ScumBag Crooks carry. Hell they even sent them Guns…

  141. avatar R K says:

    Because I can’t carry my Huey, with a Chain Gun…

  142. avatar A-Rod says:

    Becasue I’m not a George Zimmerman or a Trayvon Martin.

  143. avatar RLC2 says:

    For self-defense, when seconds count, the police are minutes away.

  144. avatar Brum says:

    In ten words… “you have no sword? sell your cloak and buy one”. The full version: “He said to them, “But now let the one who has a moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. Luke 22:36 The Words of Jesus, New Testament Bible.

    Christian Swords
    Now for anyone that cannot equate being a Christian with owning weapons, I suggest you read up a bit in God’s Holy Word that I base my Christian walk upon. Christ came the first time to this planet as a newborn infant. As an adult He was meek and tender hearted toward the lost. While He was among His disciples, He as God incarnate, watched over them. 

    Jesus said: “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (70,000)

    The disciples were in need of no weapons in His care. He did not tell them to carry a sword, nor money, or shoes, nor a backpack. He, while with them, supplied all of their material needs and security.

    Luke 22:35 And He (Jesus) said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” So they said, “Nothing.” 

    While on earth Jesus fulfilled His purpose; He as The Living Word, taught the Word of God His Father, and trained up disciples and others to continue teaching the Gospel message after He returned to Heaven. As prophesied, He was crucified, died, buried, and rose from the dead on the third day. Later He was caught up to heaven, where He now sits at the right hand of the Father. He will return (I truly believe very soon) again to this planet to take His rightful place as the sole and rightful King and Ruler of this earth.

    Prior to His ascension, knowing the day approached that He would depart and leave His disciples to go it alone on earth to fend for themselves, He began preparing them to survive without Him.  
    Recalling verse 35 above, now listen to what he told His disciples: 

    “Then He (Jesus) said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”

    Sell some of your clothes to buy a sword? The obvious equation here places the possession of a sword in greater value than the clothing to be sold. 

    The logical question to ask is, why would the disciples of Jesus need a sword? Not trying to sound facetious, but was a sword used to cut firewood? Perhaps as a decoration to their dress uniform? Maybe to pick their teeth with, or maybe as a collectable? 

    Recorded history of that era reveals the undeniable singular answer to that question… a sword was, are you ready for this, anti-gun faint-of-heart readers… a WEAPON. A sword was used as a weapon. In the time of Christ, as today, a weapon was necessary for self defense against others with swords (or big rocks) that wished to do you or your loved ones harm. Christ was not a utopian dreamer, as many people are today. He was fully aware of the dangers His disciples would face. Some of the danger would be at the hands of the very people that He came to save from their sinful ways, He knew how dangerously sinful men were (and are). 

  145. avatar Rich Grise says:

    Oh, foo. The question is “why do you carry” not “why do you need an AR-15.”
    That one I can answer: To protect your right to call me vile names.

  146. avatar Tim says:

    People have tried to run me over with cars, TWICE.

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