Fair question. I sure would if it was allowed, but it's not in my state. MD Especially being I shoot lightning & mostly out after dark.
I don't carry, and no this doesn't particularly change my mind about it; but I wouldn't blame anyone else if it did change theirs.
I'm not really familiar with what was going on in the video, where it was located or if that area was impacted. I'm going to go on the assumption that the area in particular where this happened was impacted shortly before by a tornado. If that is the case, then it is a probability that the guy experienced something that was very traumatic to him and caused behavior that was normal for him. I could be wrong, but I'm not going to be quick to conclude the guy was on drugs.Gotta expect the unexpected. Ed course, I was watching live, didn't expect that at all. Seemed like the guy was probably on some type of drugs or is suffering from mental illness. I mean, it is Texas. A lot of crazy stuff happens in Texas.
This was a pretty freak incident. Having chased in the USA since 2007, I also have yet to encounter a situation where I thought I needed any sort of weapon to feel safe.From my perspective, this turns out to be another major difference between chasing in Canada and in the USA. Having chased here for several years, I haven't had a single moment where I thought my safety - due to another person - was at stake. Sure, gun laws are different here (we don't have anything like the Second Amendment; and people usually only own guns for hunting, not self-defense), but I also can't imagine being attacked by a random person like this in Canada, especially under these circumstances. I guess anything could theoretically happen anywhere, but this whole discussion is quite intriguing to me. If anything, the thought of chasing in the states in spring makes me slightly apprehensive, knowing so many people are armed...I wouldn't want to accidentally piss off the wrong person or something. The only people I see with guns holstered to their belts around here are cops!
I can easily see how anyone who's comfortable with firearms would want to carry, but honestly I'm just not. I wasn't raised around guns, even though most of my friends had them growing up. I even had a 20-gauge when I was 14, but it was a surprise xmas gift that I didn't ask for. I used it some, because I felt obligated, mostly squeezing off Bluejays (because back then I hated those damn birds), but after a year or so the firing pin broke, and I just lost interest and never touched it again. Maybe because I've never needed one, is why I just don't like being around guns. A lot of it is I have major trust issues with anyone when it comes to being in possession of anything that could kill me with a trigger squeeze. Even people I've known 20 years, when they bring out a firearm, I get very uneasy. I grew up in a time when the worst thing to happen to you was you got your ass kicked, but you always came back to fight another day. Guns just seem, to me, to almost be inviting trouble. I know they don't in the hands of responsible owners, but that's just my twisted psyche.
Appreciate the offer. You never know, maybe someday I'll be a bit more open to the idea. In the meantime, if I'm ever up your way, I'll take you up on that beer.@Shane Adams ...if you ever find your way up to the denver area, feel free to shoot me a message and I'll take you out to my local range, if you're interested, and we can fire off some .22s. I shoot for fun only...I don't hunt, and hope to never need to use my guns to defend myself. For me it's a fun past time that I grew up with, so I understand your POV, but I love helping others get into it. My wife wasn't a shooter...now she giggles every time she double taps a pumpkin with her .22...and she's getting pretty good.
Offer is out there. If you're not interested, we can just grab a beer instead.