Actually don't have a horror story to help you quit. There are plenty of those. But a couple things that might help are.
1. Buy a pack of cigarettes (box top works best for this) and dunk the filters in a toilet after taking a piss. Make sure that's the only pack you have too. Whenever you want a smoke, you will have to suck on your own piss. Then it becomes willpower to go buy a pack vs just having a smoke. That was an easier urge to control for me.
2. Take the money you would spend on a pack and put it in away at the same rate you buy smokes. Figure out something you want and you will be surprised how fast you get the money to go get it. I was a 2 pack a day smoker before I quit. It adds up really fast.
3. Make your favorite meal the day you quit. Then make it again a week later. Then 2 weeks. Then 3. Food tastes completely different once you stop.
I told my wife about it and she was actually happy about getting a man made diamond. It has more sparkle most of the real diamonds I could afford and I could also get her a tennis bracelet and earrings too for about 1/4 of the cost of a ring. No one knows the difference from a distance and she always gets compliments on it. This whole thing about having to have a huge diamond to prove how much you love someone is BS anyway. Just looked it up and it seems there have been some studies proving the more you spend on the ring, the higher the likelihood of divorce.
Also, I've hit up pawn shops for jewelry, especially during winter. Their sales tend to be down and they're willing to deal more with you. Got my wife an awesome pair of diamond studs .75 CTW for $300 talked down from $800. Got them appraised at $1800.
Best advice I can give before you buy a ring is to spend some time learning about diamonds. That way when the sales person is pitching you this amazing diamond she would absolutely love, you know if they are trying to blow smoke up your ass and sell you some cheap ass piece of crap.
The original topic was that having a gun is not going to stop someone from robbing you and in fact if you get robbed they'll rob your gun too, not that we need to outlaw guns.
The idea that carrying a gun somehow keeps you safe from being a crime victim is false. You would have to have it out and ready to shoot anyone coming near you for that to work in the vast majority of cases. Now you can argue that it would definitely help with assisting other victims - since it's about the jump and initiative. But it turns out that you are as likely to shoot an innocent person, have the gun used against you, get in a shootout with the robber etc as save people. But of course like doctors flying planes, the "I am armed and not a victim" mentality creates false confidence.
I actually agree with CWG on this. I think that's a first.
But one big thing to remember is the man in the OP was open carrying, not concealed. Unless you are out in an open area (like when hunting), there really is no need to open carry other than to try to be a bad ass. Ironically, you end up endangering lives instead of putting yourself in a position to save them because you can't keep your head on a swivel all the time.
The purpose of having a concealed weapon on you isn't to intimidate. It's to allow yourself a better chance to protect yourself and anyone else around you should the need ever arise. I'd say 70% of gun owners in this country have absolutely ZERO business owning a gun. They stick the damn thing in a box and expect to be able to pull it out and turn into Rambo. It doesn't work that way. It will never work that way.
Personal opinion, but people with a CCW should have hand to hand combat skills. You may be able to disarm someone instead of going spray and pray. Shooting needs to be a last resort. Once that bullet leaves the barrel, there's no taking back anything/one you may have missed. Any more it's shoot first, think second, and that needs to be reversed. There are so many things to consider before even drawing your gun, that it really should be a last resort, and only when it's a sincere belief that doing anything else will result in grave bodily injury or loss of life.
People really don't take owning or carrying a gun seriously enough and that part really bothers me.