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Old April 1st, 2011, 08:41 AM   #16
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A local Sheriff convinced me it would be a good idea particularly in my job.

Ironically my employer disallows firearms on the premises.



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Old April 1st, 2011, 08:56 AM   #17
 
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same reason i wear a seat belt: because it just makes more sense than not doing so.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 09:13 AM   #18
 
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I was an LEO for forty years and before that did three tours in 'Nam. I did not need any convincing.
I carry 24/7.

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Old April 1st, 2011, 10:10 AM   #20
 
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I carry cause I live in upstate NY, right in prison country. Two max security prisons within 5 miles of my house. It used to be a great place to raise your family, and still is in most respects, but then the families of the prisoners started showing up and found out we didn't have the best police force needed to keep them in check. Then some shootings started. Then everyone had pitbulls. Then the home invasions started. I wish I didn't have to carry, but I don't wish for me or my family to become a statistic either. Also have laser grips on all my weapons so the wife can defend the house if need be. Prisons bring jobs, but prisons bring the scum of the earth as well!
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Old April 1st, 2011, 10:20 AM   #21
 
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Insurance...that I hope I'll never need..Every year I look more & more like an easy target (I'm 71 and had two spine operations ++)
Wife also carries.. again for protection..
As many of you may have heard, if not experienced, back in the day, almost nothing ever got locked day or night..Today that's only a small inconvenience for the bad guy..

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Old April 1st, 2011, 10:38 AM   #22
 
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I don't now but plan to as soon as my job transition is complete. Detroit is packed full of some of the best people in the USA. It's just the small percentile of really bad I worry about.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 10:48 AM   #23
 
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My state has yet to allow me to exercise my 2nd amendment right. I do carry when out of state on a PA non-resident permit. I would like to carry because there is an ever increasing element of scum in this world and every day that goes by it just seem to multiply. I almost feel like it is inevitable that one day I will need to protect myself or others around me.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 12:16 PM   #24
 
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An example of why I still carry

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Maybe you "had to be there" but I'll try to tell this story as best I can. Labor Day weekend, 2010, my wife and I are tent camping on a small river (South Fork of the Judith) in Central MT. We're alone in a tiny, semi-developed campground along a gravel road. It's 6:30 PM and nearly dusk in the canyon. I'm sitting by the fire and my wife is making coffee behind me at the stove. A pickup, coming too fast, pulls off the road and up to our site and slams on the brakes. 2 guys get out without a word, driver is 40 and unshaven, scruffy. Passenger is 30, a big man and cleaner cut. Passenger immediately heads for where my wife is cooking. I stand up and say "Can I help you?". He stops. Driver, never looking at me says "we need help". Driver tells a long story about how they are supposed to help move cattle, were drinking while getting directions to the "pasture" and are lost. He asks me where the "pastures" are. He never looks me in the eye once this whole time. When I try to answer he talks over me and becomes increasingly irritated, as if I have info but won't help. He still won't look at me -- looks down at the ground. He is working himself up to do something. The passenger IS looking at me but not menacingly - I'd call him very uncomfortable. In fact, as the driver gets more agitated, the passenger backs away from both of us, as if he wants nothing to do with what is about to happen. Now he's 15 feet away and the driver about 10. I'm calm, polite and try to tell the driver what little I know about the area. Finally, the driver looks at me for the first time. It's a "sizing-me-up" look if I've ever seen one. I smile at him. Whether it's because I'm bigger than he first thought, or more confident than he hoped, or because I've had my left hand in my front pants pocket the whole time; I can see him changing his mind. Without another word he gets back in the truck. The passenger flashes me a look I interpreted as apologetic and gets in too. They leave. The whole episode takes maybe 10 minutes.

I don't want to scare my wife. She looks shaken. I laugh the whole thing off. She tells me all she could think of was "where was the gun?" I laugh and tell her that "one of the guns" was in my front pants pocket. I'm her hero. I don't sleep well that night. It's the next day before I let myself think the whole thing through and confront the realization that our well-being, maybe our lives, were in danger.

Here's my opinion. Those two were looking for trouble. I think he saw "an old duffer" sitting by a camp fire with no other campers in the area and decided to start something. I think that although I AM an old duffer (64) I appeared confident, unwilling to take his bait and not afraid of him. It was MUCH easier to act in this fashion because I was ready to defend my wife and myself if necessary. I'm not saying it might not have ended badly. They could have been armed, also. I AM saying that having that S&W, a model 38 I've carried off and on for many years, in my pocket allowed me to deal with the situation in a calm, reasoned way that got the right result.

Anyway, I'm posting this just to remind all of you that life can turn on a dime. Fortune favors the prepared.
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I worked in the Ghettos of St Louis for 32 years( number One Crime City per Cap in USA) delivered to Mom and Pop groceries and had to collect cash. robbed twice at gun point and hit in the head with bat third time.
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My wife and I both ride motorcycles. I was feeling like we were vulnerable. The economy sucks right now and people are desperate, in my opinion. We now both carry. Too many weird things happen to not be aware and prepared.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 01:20 PM   #27
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Pit bulls and their "Thug life owners".
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I am a small guy with a family in a BIG world full of people who have no concern for others. I want to watch my kids grow old.
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It's like I told a local Sheriffs' deputy awhile back when he asked that question. I said "In case I need to shoot somebody."
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Old April 1st, 2011, 05:08 PM   #30
 
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I'm in the HVACR service industry doing commercial work mainly, but we do have some commercial/ residential accounts. Due to my job I sometimes find myself en route to some unsavory places at 3 in the morning. I finally decided it's time to carry for self protection and to protect my family. Unfortunately here in my county it is taking forever to get to the application process. I hope to have my ccw permit by my birthday in mid May.
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