This is a discussion on What Made You Decide To Carry Concealed within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; In my occupation I see a lot of innocent, unarmed victims come in with injuries ranging from minor to death. So many times I think ...
In my occupation I see a lot of innocent, unarmed victims come in with injuries ranging from minor to death. So many times I think how different it would have been if this victim had been trained and armed. I honestly hope and pray I never hurt anyone, but I don't want my family or me to be an innocent, unarmed victim either.
I as a pipefitter / welder work in some of the best places in Michigan..., like Detroit, Deray, Zug Island, Flint, Saginaw, Benton Harbor and just traveling on I-75. A young man who's family goes to our church had a son returning home from collage killed by a man who attacked him at a rest stop for his car. Flint is in the top five murder cities and Saginaw is real close. I've had a Police officer see me traveling in Delray heading to Zug Island for a shut down, stop me and ask me if I was healed and told me to keep it on the seat beside me till I made it through, the nice man also said he doesn't give tickets for running stop signs or speeding in this neighborhood wink wink. Michigan is a beautiful state with lots of open state land for recreation. I have over 30,000 acres of state forest across the street from me which I hunt and drive ATV's, snow-machines etc. The hard truth is its inner cities are some of the most dangerous in the country. I work all over this state and will not be a victim. Plus the added benefit of buying guns instantly having my CCW with.
I as a pipefitter / welder work in some of the best places in Michigan..., like Detroit, Deray, Zug Island, Flint, Saginaw, Benton Harbor and just traveling on I-75. Flint is in the top five murder cities and Saginaw is real close.
One nice Saturday afternoon two years ago two gangs decided to shoot it out in the only mall here in town, one gang member dead and several bystanders wounded. It took this for me to realize that the police are reactive and not proactive they cant be every place at once. I realized the untill the police can respond I am on my own and I am the one who is responsable to protect me and mine.
I was carrying long before Texas adopted a CCW law. I was much younger then, but there were several instances where I thought it necessary to be able to protect myself and my wife. One such instance was related to living in a "inner city" neighborhood in Muncie, Indiana. There were assaults, burgularys, armed robberies in the neighborhood, occupied by a number of senior citizens. In fact we were burguled. When I moved back to Texas, I didn't immediately apply for a CCW, realizing the expectation that individuals with a permit will be held to a much higher standard than those without a permit. I trained for a number of years to develop proficiency, made the important decision related to the consequences, "In the Greatest Extreme" and have been CC since then.
It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
When I used to live in Hollywood, my dad had a newspaper route he did in the early am to kinda pay for his hobby as a writer. He would start at 3am. One morning he went about business as usual, left the apartment went down the stairs to the underground parking lot unlocked the door to our toyota corolla when he heard something behind him. As he turned he found himself being rushed by two black men at knife point. He fell backward into the car and one of the guys went in after him with the knife. He fought him off with kicks and his legs as the guy repeatedly slashed at his shins. Without a word the attacker finally quit and turned and walked away with his buddy as if nothing happened.
My dad checked himself over and found no serious injuries the blade mostly bounced off bone---and then the anger boiled. Foolishly, he went after the two guys armed with nothing but his fists. He saw the two guys walking down the sidewalk he grabbed the first thing he could find which was a large rock out of a palm tree basin and yelled out to the attackers "come at me now you cowards" the buddy of the knifer turned and put his hand in his jacket saying "you wanna get blown away?" my dad rushed em even after the warning and the two guys split. My dad was a strong and avid runner and went after them down an alley and right into a trap when he was ambushed from behind and hit in the face with what he believed to be brass knuckles and knocked out.
When he came to he was laying face down in the alley. He was bloodied bruised and beat up obviously kicked to s***t while down. His nose was broke and pinned to the side of his face. He ambled back to the apartment and woke my mom who freaked out when seeing him all bashed up and then proceeded to take him to the hospital...on the way back down the stairs to the parking garage my dad collapsed as he felt all the air leave his lungs. He describes it as the worst pain of his life. Turns out, that while he was knocked out someone had run a thin stiletto into his chest aiming for the heart but instead one of his ribs had deflected the blade downward into his lung instead. ....long story but anyway, he lived to tell the tail, barely...one of the few strong reasons I want to carry.
Last edited by dyingbreed; June 25th, 2011 at 11:14 AM.
The world is getting scarier every day. Think back, 10 or 20 years ago, you NEVER heard of the type of things that go on today. It is really getting worse. You MUST CARRY to protect you & your family. What else can I say ???
I've always loved guns. Raised in the country and shooting was just normal and all my family had some kind of firearm. Holidays were always eat, visit, got out in the back yard and show off what you had that was new. In 92 I moved overseas for a 2 year stint that lasted 15 years. When I returned I found that being able to have a CCW permit was absolutely the best thing I could have hoped for and my wife and I both went down and got a CCP. Now we carry 24/7 and could not feel safer especially finding that things here in the states were just a little more dangerous then they used to be back in 92. We kept our ole place in the country and moved back in. We practice twice a week or more and just love the idea of being able to carry our weapons of choice with us nearly every where we go. It's just American in my opinion.
I carry because I served twelve years as a US Army Military Policeman and after I got out due to medical problems I worked as an officer in the state prison. We release people in this state all the time and I have seen several on the streets that threatened me while I was on the job.