Am I a gun nut? Am I paranoid? Nope. Everybody who knows me knows I'm pretty level headed. So why do I want to carry my pistol? I don't necessarily want to carry it, but I want to be able to carry it.
I don't shoot often. Maybe two or three times per year. But I enjoy it. I like the noise, the kick, the smell, the action, watching brass fly and the challenge. It's fun! Does that mean that I want to shoot someone? Hell no. I don't even want to shoot a rabbit. But I love to shoot things. Especially things that don't die. I like darts too, but I don't really want to stick somebody with a dart either.
Then why do I want to carry? My state allows it but I'm pretty sure he feds don't like it. That appeals to me. Every year the feds want more of my life to control. They want to regulate me more, make more decisions for me, tell me what to eat, punish me more for behavior that they don't approve of. And soon decide what medical procedure I can have and what doctor I can see. Well they do a million things that I don't approve of and I have no recourse. So I will exploit the one freedom that I'm pretty sure they don't appreciate. So why do I want to carry my pistol? It's simple. Because I can.