In the past Syd has listed the reasons why he carries a gun. Matt Long of Gun Rights News (Part of the Gun Rights Radio podcast network) has now published his reasons for carrying a gun. Both of them have listed very good reasons to be prepared to defend themselves. The choice of whether or not to be prepared to defend yourself or to only rely on 911 is a personal one. In addition to the excellent reasons they have listed for deciding to be prepared for the defense of themselves & their families, I carry my gun because it's easier than carrying a cop. As is often said, when seconds count, the Police are minutes away!