Always have a weapon. Camping or whatever else.
I have one for the same reasons that I have auto insurance, a fire extinguisher, and a medical kit. Far better to have them and not need them then the opposite.I hope this is the appropriate forum to discuss this. I did a search and found a lot of posts in the gun forum, but I'm not necessarily thinking of guns per se.
When I'm camping in the backcountry I sometimes wonder if I'm being naive for not having some sort of defense mechanism other than my fists or whatever crude object I may be able to scramble if awoken to some threat. I generally like to live my life free of fear but I also always like being prepared.
I've been researching guns, stun guns and knives recently and I'm curious what others are doing.
I know this is a touchy subject but I value all the input on other gear and usefulness of it, so thought I'd see what you guys are doing. I really never felt the need for any kind of weapon when I was by myself or with friends camping, but now that I have a family, protection comes to mind.
Feedback is much appreciated.
This is why I carry when camping. I always have the Glock 23 (.40 S&W) on me and my Hi-Point 9mm Carbine in the truck. Over the years I've only been involved in one outdoors incident that made me draw my firearm and I thank my stars I had it on me. No shots fired but it did end a very unstable situation with a group of people planning to rob a group of campers.You never know what you might encounter when in the back country and away from civilization, and the most dangerous creatures out there are the two legged ones.
Being prepared allows you to live your life free of fear.When I'm camping in the backcountry I sometimes wonder if I'm being naive for not having some sort of defense mechanism... I generally like to live my life free of fear but I also always like being prepared.
Pretty much my attitude. In 25+ years of camping and outdoors-exploring I've never had to present, much less use, a gun. Never had any bad encounters or ran into any bad folks or hungry animals.I have one for the same reasons that I have auto insurance, a fire extinguisher, and a medical kit. Far better to have them and not need them then the opposite.
By contrast, the CDC reports over 20,000 accidental non-fatal gunshot wounds in the US in 2000 alone.According to Taylor Y. Cardall MD and Peter Rosen MD, in their article "Grizzly Bear Attack" published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, there were 162 bear-inflicted injuries reported in the United States between 1900 and 1985. This constitutes approximately two reported bear-inflicted injuries per year. Likewise, Stephen Herrero, a Canadian biologist, reports that during the 1990s bears killed 29 people in the U.S. and Canada, or around three people a year, as compared to the 15 people killed every year by dogs. Multiple reports remark that one is more likely to be struck by lightning than to be attacked by a bear when outdoors; around 90 people are killed by lightning each year.
Stupid hurts and sometimes kills. that is all the posted statistic is. There are pluses and minuses to the gun laws in this country. But unfortunately the reckless and stupid make all of the gun owners look bad or irresponsible.I go back and forth on this. I like to be prepared for things in general. But I think I'm more afraid of guns than other threats out in the wild. It seems to me, the things I'd need to do to have the gun safe and legal in Canada, also make it somewhat useless for defence. ie: fumbling with a trigger lock while a bear attacks, etc. Also, I do believe there are more accidental firearm deaths every year than bear deaths.
By contrast, the CDC reports over 20,000 accidental non-fatal gunshot wounds in the US in 2000 alone.
Do people who carry guns for defense, also walk around with lighting rods?
I do carry a large knife, and will be getting some pepper spray. Also, as part of "being prepared" I chose to live in an area where I don't need to worry about crime so much.