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Old September 19th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #151
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Last November a kid from MN came down one night and shot 2 convienence store clerks so they could not identify him after he robbed them. Originally I carried just becuase it was easier to go shoot without having to lock the guns up to travel to and from range. Since Iowa changed to a "shall issue" this year, my wife decided she wanted to carry and now we both carry whenever we can.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:17 PM   #152
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Failing health, and the rising crime rate around here.
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 04:58 PM   #153
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Turned 60 (got a discount)

Completed training last weekend.

In the unlikely event that something bad happens, I'm ready.

I'm a Texan.

I'm aware of what is happening in our world and around me.

Still don't write in complete sentences.
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Old September 25th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #154
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I decided to carry due to having back surgery. I fear that I may not be able to fend off a attacker with my bare hands as effectively as I could when I was younger. Coupled with the fact more SOTE are resorting to carjacking/home invasions to make their living. I feel like I may be better suited to defend my life while armed with a firearm as my primary method of self defense. I also carry a cutting implement or two as a close combat option when I can not carry my firearm.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #155
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Running a small business (ice cream shop) that is located right next to a bar in a town where unemployment runs high. When I'm walking out of that shop at night with a box full of money, I'm reassured by the fact I'm armed.
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Old September 27th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #156
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Because it is the Wild East out here in Vermont with no restrictions or laws against CCW.

Everyone packs heat in VT, including the criminals!

well except the gullible libbies...

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Old October 11th, 2011, 05:41 PM   #157
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I decided several years ago to carry concealed because I got tired of carrying in the open and people constantly asking and giving me crap about it. I don't like bringing attention to myself.
Shortly after I started carrying concealed those same people would ask me, "So I see you stopped carrying?" I would just say "Yeah."
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Old October 15th, 2011, 08:54 AM   #158
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Originally Posted by BuckJM53 View Post
While the easy answer here may be for some "because it's my right", I'm curious if there was a particular event, situation or thought that ultimately moved you to the point of making that final decision to carry concealed?

For me, it was pretty simple. There was no one particular event, but rather the simple desire to protect my wife and myself from becoming the next "easy target/victim" as we grow older.
I think what made me decide to carry again (former LE from long ago) was having my car repo'd. I'd been in the hospital for a lengthy stay and my son was "taking care of" my financials. Well, he had his hands full and even though I was on an extended leave of absence, it took months for the checks to arrive. Upon returning home, I woke up around midnight with someone knocking at my door asking for my car keys. I'm old. I go to sleep around 9pm these days. I was still asleep and the whole thing was like some nightmare. The next day, I went and straightened things out with the finance company and got my car back. But since the repo company had my car for less than 24 hours, I had to deal with the owner of the repo company to get my car back. While he drove me to the lot where they'd stripped everything of value out of it, (and stole my blue-tooth hands-free unit), I had to listen to him tell his story of back pain from recently being shot several times during a recent repo and the ensuing gun battle on the street since he was armed, too. I instantly identified with his story, wishing that if I'd had a gun, I'd have shot him too! ;-) But, the story made me more aware of how many people - everyday people - have and use guns.

Realistically, I wouldn't have shot the repo guy (but it's still fun to think about). But, last January, I decided to get "a" gun, which since then has multiplied to 10.

My health has steadily declined and while I can still do most things, I can't do them for long. So, these things, combined, made me decide to exercise my right to carry and I have been since about March this year.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #159
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I'm right there with JD77. I live in Arizona, which has the 6th highest murder rate in the country. I once got jumped by 6 gang bangers for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm a big guy, but I can't take 6 at once for sure. Luckily they didn't have weapons, and I just got the sh*t kicked out of me. I also had a near miss about 4 years ago when some (I'm assuming) gang bangers drove by and fired three shots at from less than ten feet away, for absolutely no reason other than boredom, and hitting a cinder block wall behind me. Lucky for me, most gangs are untrained and/or just don't know how to shoot. I grew up with guns, but, that was when I decided not to leave home without one. On a side note, my wife is from New Mexico, and she wants to carry too. She gets off work at 12am and has to drive home alone. She can't carry at work, but, a 9mm in the car would make me feel better for sure. In Arizona, you no longer need a CCW to carry concealed, but, it's still a good idea, and we plan on taking the class together.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 05:34 PM   #160
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I have to drive in and out of a bad neighborhood 5 and 6 days a week. Itís soon to be the time of year where when Iím working overtime I drive in in the dark and out in the dark. Itís not uncommon to find abandoned stolen cars in the parking lot in the mornings.
Many times my wife will be watching the news and hear of a car jacking or some king of crime on the news and say ď isnít that up there where you workĒ and Iíll have to say ďyupĒ thatís right around the corner.
Itís not uncommon for low lives to steel from cars on the lot in broad daylight. A coworker had dual catalytic converters cut off his Pick Up.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 05:46 PM   #161
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What made me go put on a bigger gun with night sights!

I was just sitting in the backyard relaxing after a hard day at the range sighting in my AR15, getting ready to clean it.

All of the sudden I heard 6 gun shots in rapid succession, 3 from likely a .45 and 3 from likely a 9mm - definitely pistols.

I was wearing a little .380 Sig Sauer and immediately opted for my XDm9c (both with night sights). The shots were close, probably less than a block away. I could see emergency lights flashing in the neighbor's windows. Most likely they came from a city park with one row of houses between us and the park.

From my short time in LE, I was preparing for someone to go fence hopping through the back yard. Fortunately, that didn't happen, but I'm ready. If there was a fleeing fugitive, they made a good directional choice.

It's been over 30 years since I wore blue, but it's amazing how the "pucker-power" comes right back and the adrenalin pumps, just like the good old days. I made the decision long ago and have no qualms about firing on an armed and obvious bad guy. I saw the "other" guys enough to last a life time. I hope everyone that carries has weighed that decision because those who carry but don't have it in them to shoot, usually get their own gun used against them.

30 year old trivia: of LEO's that lose their weapon in an altercation, 90% got it used against them.

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Old October 22nd, 2011, 12:25 PM   #162
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Break in's and robberies are escalating in my area and i felt the need to protect my family.

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Old October 22nd, 2011, 06:03 PM   #163
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Katrina. The police did all they could, but they could only do so much.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 09:02 PM   #164
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About 10 years ago, a businessman in his 50's was car jacked at an intersection in Seattle, shot in the head, tossed out of his car onto the street during morning rush hour. I"m in sales and drive all over the Northwest - I decided my wife would not get that phone call from the LEO, so I started carrying.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 09:41 PM   #165
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I work in communications for the local Sheriff's Dept. I also volunteer for my hometown fire and rescue squad. Our town does not have fulltime police protection and it has a growing crime rate. So, I started to carry due to increased risk on fire/rescue calls and for self and family protection because of the truth in the statement "when seconds count the police are only minutes away. Now I carry 24/7 and feel that should the BG take advantage of the lack of law enforcement in our area that at least the playing ground is a little closer to level. Hope to never have to use my weapon in defense of my home and family but prepared to do so if required.
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