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Selflessness is born out of strength, not a sense of worthlessness or weakness. Do you put the sword aside out of mercy and a desire to help a criminal feed his family, or do you lower it out of fear ? One is selfless giving that could help someone, the other is being a doormat that breeds criminals and promotes lawlessness.
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Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
But don't fetishize it. It is a tool, and only that. I have no beef with those who like to collect firearms because they are amazing pieces of machinery, but if you feel a need for a personal arsenal, a weapon for every occasion, and you honestly believe that you NEED more than one long gun, one hand gun and one shotgun, well, I feel sorry for anyone who lives that scared.
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I live aboard and have 2 pistols. I am thinking of getting a crossbow or spear gun for cruising. I here a spear gun is not concidered as a weapon, not that I would like to be on the recieving end. I do a lot of traveling on my motorcycle and I always carry then. Sometimes the evil is not someone trying to do you harm but a something. I wouldn't want to be hiking and cross a hungary carnivor.
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I have spent over 4 months sleeping out in the backcountry. The only thing that would attack you with the intent of eating you would be a cougar. You wouldn't have a chance to get your gun out either.

Bears are actually pretty relaxed animals if you let them be.

Honestly the best weapon to have for fighting a cougar would probably be a large fixed blade knife in a quick-draw sheath and a lot of knife-fighting skill.

Because if you are being attacked, you aren't going to know until the cougar is biting your neck.
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Sooooo if you are being bitten by a cougar you will be able to draw and use your fixed blade knife and not your pistol? Where do you keep your pistol, in the bottom of your pack? Keep your pistol across your chest and be aware. Your chances of survival will be greatly increased. (Mainly from being aware.)

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Because if you are being attacked, you aren't going to know until the cougar is biting your neck.








We all know what a big problem cougars are on boats.
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Hi Everyone,

Being "armed" doesn't necessarily need to mean packing a gun. Personally, I would stowa few good blades aroung the boat. Holding a cutlass or Bowie would make a strong visual deterent, without have to deal with the issues and dangers associated with carrying/discharging firearms.

As much as I believe in personal freedoms and protections, when we travel to another country, we're in their home and their guests. Respecting their rules and cultures goes a very long way in maintaining a good reputation for cruisers.

When you do check in with the authorities, I'm sure you can claim them as fishing implements.
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Because if you are being attacked, you aren't going to know until the cougar is biting your neck.
Mmmm, cougars biting my neck...

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This is one of the reasons most of these discussions tend to be pointless; simplistic and naive answers to real problems.

"Then Jesus said to him, "Put your sword away! All who use a sword will be killed by a sword."

My sword is put away, until needed. Anyone who bring a sword to me and mine shall surely be put to a sword -- period. I shall not seek violence, but I shall not fall in the face of it.
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