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This is a discussion on What Made You Decide To Carry Concealed within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; Originally Posted by pokit so who says that it will happen in your home, eh? It's 4x as likely to be while you are away ...

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:32 PM   #376
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so who says that it will happen in your home, eh? It's 4x as likely to be while you are away from home, statistically. I have been attacked, or threatened with attack by men, over a dozen times in my life. Not once was it within my residence. I have also been attacked, or very nearly so, many times by dogs. To date, the only time that I've had to actually fire was on a dog. A .22lr to the top of his head, dropped him as he tried to rip off my family jewels.
Brings new meaning to a jewel heist lol.

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 05:17 PM   #377
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My firearms life started when I was around five years old. Plinking with a 22 in the sand pit with my Dad. Fast forward 30 years and there I am never really thinking about guns, six o'clock at night sitting in my townhouse and bam,bam,bam. The sound of gunshots out my slider. Feeling completely naked I pick up the phone and call 911 and wait. I see two guys walk away into the woods. The police show up and interview me and tell me that the BG's were threatening a neighbor. Of course I was the only person willing to testify. The next day I purchased a 30-30 marlin. Now I am involved in making decisions that effect the pensions of people that may not deserve them and I have a four year old son and wife that I HAVE to keep safe.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 05:14 PM   #378
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I was away from home one night and my wife called me crying that someone was trying to come through the back door. She had already called the cops on another cell phone at this point. I was across town and left immediately. I did a long drive in a very short time to say the least. When I got to my home the cops were not there yet. I came to the realization that if I don't handle the situation when I'm in it the situation will handle me. Carried ever since
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Old February 28th, 2013, 07:05 AM   #379
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I shot quite a bit with my dad when I was a kid and teenager but never personally owned a gun until recently. Basically I'm one of those guys where if a liberal tells me I can't do something I go right out and do it. So as soon as Obama and friends decided to violate our constitutional rights I immediately got my purchase permit and bought a gun. I also immediately took a CCW class and submitted my application to the NE state patrol, now just waiting the eternal 45 day period to get it.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 03:41 PM   #380
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My son goes to collage in Flint Michigan,the (**&^^%)of michigan.And I dont need to go to the cops for a purchase permit.Its great living in a blue state.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #381
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I completed the training course over the weekend and will be headed to the sheriff's office later this week. I don't plan to carry every day or anything, since I live in an area where even the old-timers can't remember the last time some one so much as stole a pack of gum (I know, I know, it can happen anywhere), but it doubles as a purchase permit and will give me the ability to carry when the family and I go the bigger cities.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #382
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A long time ago when they sent me to Viet Nam for a shore duty job that involved at first a desk job then various travel details and investigations I was issued a 1911, I had no training but some Marines who had some concerns about my welfare gave me some training. I grew up in a kind of a slummy neighborhood so I was able to make some connections between environment and danger.

Later, later when I was back home, happily pursuing happiness in suburbia, I took my kid to the ER to be sewn up for a moderate size cut. Then I saw a parade of victims and perps (escorted by LE). At that point various incidents came back into memory and I started carrying again. This was difficult because I was concerned about the kids getting access to my pistol and it made me almost make it a part of my body. Later when some bad guy hitch hiker kidnapped and shot and killed 2 girls and was running loose in the neighborhood I was glad to have my 1911.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 08:20 PM   #383
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I thonk it is important to remember that carrying a cocealed weapon is more for the protection of others than yourself. When friends ask me if they should carry i always askthem what there intent is. If they reply "to protect me and my family" then i always pose thus scenario. Your leaving the grocery store its late its dark you heaf for your car. As you start down the isle a rough looking guy falls in behind you, you get closer and closer to your car he gets closer to you. At what point do you draw your weapon, when hes 10' away, 5' how about when your at your door and he starts coming toward you inbetween the cars. If you answered any of the proceeding guess what your going to jail. The guy was parked next to you and simply going to his car. Brandishing your weapon when not in immediate danger is illegal. So how do you know when an attacker is going to try something and when you are just being paranoid. The answer is you dont. By the time you are in danger going for your piece will probably result in a struggle over your weapon, a struggle you may loose.
Almost every successful story of a person utilizing a concealed weapon involves a bystander coming to the rescue or a victim in a crowd of victims where the assailants can not watch everyone. So i believe the answer to this question should be "i decided to carry a weapon so that i may be able to help someone else, probably a stranger, should the need arise.
Also i look at it like insurance. I have never burned down my home or been in an accident but im not canceling my policies tomorrow. So what does it hurt to carry my gun chances are ill never need it.then again if i do it will be there.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #384
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It was the Aurora theater shooting here in Colorado.... I decidedthat if I'm going down... I'm going down swinging, not having to hide under a seat....
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Old March 25th, 2013, 02:39 PM   #385
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Here, the law states that you are permitted to travel between your home and a bona fide shooting range without a permit. It also states that if I get stopped for any probable cause and I have a firearm I can be held for up to 24 hours for the police to determine whether they are going to file charges. Now, very often I shoot at multiple locations throughout this state, sometimes on the same day. If I shoot my bow at one gun club with my archery friends and then decide to meet up with other friends at a range to shoot our pistols in a different town, strictly speaking it is illegal for me to travel from one range to another. I'd have to stop home first to be legal. I don't need the hassle of NOT having a permit when just enjoying a day of shooting is illegal unless I waste time and gas to go out of my way (i.e. home) between ranges. Of course, there's the self defense thing... Or that I may be transporting thousands of dollars worth of bows, guns, etc... Its only prudent to be able to protect yourself and your property when transporting valuable gear that could be the target of thieves...
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Old March 25th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #386
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Nothing in particular, but I've had my fair share of "close encounters."

My wife was driving through a...umm...questionable neighborhood a couple years ago, and a man walked out into the street with a gun while she was sitting at a red light. He proceeded to wave the gun around and point it at several drivers waiting at the light, including my wife. She will not drive on that road anymore.

Another time, a few of my friends had gone "cabrewing" down the river, and they had put in at a local park. It got pretty late, and they got a bit intoxicated. They pulled off to the side of the river, and left the canoe to pick up later. The next day, I drove them out near where they had stopped, and we started walking down towards the river. Before we got more than a few feet from the car, the man who owned the property alongside the river emerged from his home with a gun. He proceeded to fire one round into my car, and approached me with his gun. He was under the impression that we were there to steal scrap from his property, and he held me at gunpoint while ushering my friends back into the car. We drove away, and had to call the police to have them usher us to our canoe.

Neither of these events were the straw that broke the camel's back, but now that I have my own place, and my wife and I have a 10 month old son, I decided that it would be a good time to go get my CCW. I want to be able to protect myself and my family from the "bad guys," should the situation present itself.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:06 PM   #387
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I am a former LEO. It is required in Ohio to have a permit if a civilian. Just following the law. I also fish in remote areas here. Ashtabula county is known as the meth capital of Ohio. You meet some strange people along the river.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 04:11 PM   #388
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I decided to get my CCDW because I am fairly new to firearms and I wanted to learn as much as I could about laws, safety and how to protect myself. It is important to me to be as informed as I can be (another reason I love this forum) in order to be as prepared as I can be. Of course, I want to be able to protect myself if I am at home by myself. I think all women like me who have an interest in guns should take the conceal class. Even if you never carry outside of the home, knowledge is power.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #389
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My wife is about as anti-gun as you can get, don't understand it her dad and brothers are all hunters but she believes no guns should be allowed, so I went out and bought another pistol and got my CCW, someone breaks into the house she's on her own.
Well, I'm married to "one of those" too. Guess I love her enough, I'd have to defender her.
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I have always had rifles, but the nightly horror stories contained in the first 10 minutes of the nightly news convinced me it was time to start carrying something.
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