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Old April 1st, 2011, 05:21 PM   #31
 
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Well, I wanted a gun for plinking. So it just made sense to get one that also
can be used for SD. If I am going to use it at home, why not everywhere else?
If nothing else I don't have to worry about forgetting to put the handgun in the
trunk.

Only 55 now but not getting any younger. Have always been interested in SD.
Judo in college, then Shotokan, now Arnis Martial arts. Having a gun is just an
extension of all that.

I've never had to use Martial arts, but knowing some things has made me perhaps
more confident. But then you never really know, the zombie Apocalypse can happen
any moment!!



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Old April 1st, 2011, 05:35 PM   #32
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Like "Mighty Casey", if I'm goin' out, I'm goin' out swingin'.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 05:38 PM   #33
 
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3 reasons for me,

1. A conversation with the local police chief at a bbq one night, who said it would be a good idea due to my "town job". (my workplace also does not allow me to carry at work)

2. The death of my best friend about 10yrs ago while we were in college. It really made me take a hard look at life and I still think to this day if he had been carrying, he might be alive now.

3. To protect my wife and daughter from all the bad that I see and hear about on a daily basis. We pray everyday that the Lord will protect us so I never have to use this.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 06:00 PM   #34
 
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I have always carried at home and at my farm. Before, I had to unload and put away every time I got in the truck. Then they started allowing concealed carry in auto and on own property. Now it just makes sense to get my cc so that I don't have to take it off every time I need to stop in somewhere and pick something up. I don't worry about our safety while in public areas where I live and I can't carry to work (school teacher), but I do occasionally have animal problems around my cows when they are calving. As the economy continues to get worse, I worry about the desperate people out there.
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1. The murder of a U.C.F. student not 300 yards from my house.
2. A visitor late one night asking for a blanket as he stood at the edge of the light of my front door.
3. The appearance of several unknown and unsavory types in the area.
4. Several raids by the Sheriff on our street with S.W.A.T. and armored assistance.
5. The gas station at the end of the street was robbed.
6. Someone at the 7-11 at the next intersection was threatened by a bottle wielding bum who wanted some money. He was treated to the view of the front end of a 1911.
7. Shootings are on the increase .
8. My handicapped wife wants protection when we are out.

that should be enough
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1. The murder of a U.C.F. student not 300 yards from my house.
2. A visitor late one night asking for a blanket as he stood at the edge of the light of my front door.
3. The appearance of several unknown and unsavory types in the area.
4. Several raids by the Sheriff on our street with S.W.A.T. and armored assistance.
5. The gas station at the end of the street was robbed.
6. Someone at the 7-11 at the next intersection was threatened by a bottle wielding bum who wanted some money. He was treated to the view of the front end of a 1911.
7. Shootings are on the increase .
8. My handicapped wife wants protection when we are out.

that should be enough
Way more than enough!
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Old April 1st, 2011, 06:24 PM   #37
 
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A situation that happened with my Dad. He was walking from his hotel room to his car when three racists with knives approached him, telling him, "looks like we're gonna cut ourselves up a n*gg*r, boys!" Yeah, sure...right up until he produced his .38 snubbie and said, "I don't think so, fellas." They quickly changed their mind and equally quickly slinked off back under the rock they crawled out from under. That could be me someday, and it'd be really nice to be able to defend myself should that or anything similar happen.

I also have a friend who was raped. Had she been carrying, she might've been able to fight the you-know-what off or at least scare him into running off. But she wasn't, because where she lives, she's not allowed to...but Dianne Feinstein is.

An epiphany I had about the 2A back in June 2008, well before the election, cinched it for me. From then on, it was "from my cold, dead hands!" And so I advocate carry to as many people as I can, wherever it's legal.
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Old April 1st, 2011, 07:23 PM   #38
 
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Because I'm not as young as I used to be, my health problems and all the crimes with stealing and home invasions.
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Because you never know when you might need it. I've been carrying since 1987 when Florida enacted the Shall issue Right to carry. Thankfully I've never had to use it. But it's there if someone wants to be obliged. My main goal is to protect my wife and loved ones. To me that's the best reason in the world.In this crazy wrold we live in it's better to be safe then sorry.
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My reason is a bit strange honestly.

Anyways my dad got his carry license so that he could carry his pistol with him when he walked the dog at night as even though we reside in a residential area of Georgia there are still coyotes that patrol the power line corridors (those long clear cut lines that you can see from satellite photos so that the power lines have an unobstructed path.)

I'll preface my story with this: I occasionally have very vivid dreams in which I have total capacity for emotion and sensation. After my dad got his carry permit I started thinking about my naive viewpoints on life as well as my newfound college major of Criminal Justice. About six months before my 21st birthday last year I had a dream in which I was stabbed in a robbery, and a few nights later one in which I was shot while being mugged. Needless to say those dreams put me a bit on edge and it was at that point that I resolved that I would never allow myself to feel the helplessness that I felt in those dreams. The pain I could handle, I know that one day I will die and I'm fine with that (but not for a good long time if I can help it!), but the helplessness ate away at me.

I bought my 1911 about two weeks after my birthday and then put in for my carry permit a week or two later after being dismissed from jury duty for the day (I was at the courthouse with time to burn so I figured why not?)

The 1911 I like to carry, but the SP101 2.25" .357 Mag that I bought in January is proving to be a lot more comfortable for me to carry.

The secondary reason for me carrying is that while I'm now 22 years old I still look like I'm a teenager, and being 5' 11" and 135 lbs means if I stood sideways and stuck out my tongue I'd look like a zipper. Not too intimidating, huh? Took a class in Criminology last semester and learned a lot about victimology which taught me how to be the least prone to becoming a victim short of passive precipitation. The main key is being prepared mentally and through that preparation comes an unmistakable confidence no matter the person!


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When friends or relatives ask me about why I carry a concealed weapon (and they do), I just tell them that I selected "Option 3".

Of course they don't know what I'm talking about, so I end up having to explain...

Here goes: Since all of us humans are mammals, we are born with two basic instinctual responses when faced with a threat. These responses are Fight or Flight. I call those Options 1 and 2.

Now that I'm in my sixties, neither of the first two options seems to work for me. I'm too old to fight and too fat to flee. I needed another option, so I chose Option 3, which is FIREPOWER.

Seems to work for me.
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Research. I was against it. Thought the logic and rhetoric was total BS. When Nebraska passed it a few years back I was kinda upset but it's a free country so I wasn't completely against it. Then I got divorced and back into pistols. Dad and Step mom got their ccw and I did a lot of research on it. Now I'm a "I should be able to carry anywhere" type of guy.
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Because it's my right.
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Thanks to everyone for their input so far. It has made for a very interesting read and should prove helpful for others here at RF.Net who may be wrestling with this decision. In fact I think it's appropriate to make it a "sticky" in the CCW section
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I've had mine for at least 30 years now, it seems to me that my initial thought was more to avoid any hassles than anything else. I used to carry while hunting or just walking the kids in the woods (radid critters were a concern) and also went to the range a lot. Traveling so much with a revolver, it seemed a good idea to get my carry license.

I have very rarely felt much need to carry for any other reason, but have a few times over the years in Philly or Reading when I knew I was going to be in some of the rougher parts at night.

I've always felt that situational awareness is probably more useful than being armed all the time. Being big and ugly helps too.

And a 12 guage pump is all I'd need at home, no permit required.
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