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Old April 18th, 2019, 04:14 PM   #736
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Yeah, Red, I'd say you've got a damn good reason for carrying.

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Old April 19th, 2019, 05:18 AM   #737
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Thanks. They never caught the guys and the cops said the ammo they used was cheap (which is good because if it was FMJ I think it would have hit me).
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Old April 19th, 2019, 06:31 AM   #738
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When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.

About 6 years ago, had my kids (4 and 6) in the truck. Driving home, enjoying talking with them, not paying attention to anything behind me. Pull into our driveway and then notice in my mirror a car whip into our driveway right behind me.

Not a car I recognize so I tell the kids to stay in the truck and I jump out and walk back towards the car. Guy gets out and starts walking towards me. Can see his face is busted up pretty good, black and blue, stitches. He starts asking me all kinds of questions about where I was the night before....and not in a calm way. Has his right hand in a jacket pocket. Fortunately I talk the guy down.

Long story short from what the guy told me....he was involved in some type of road rage incident the night before with someone who was driving a truck that looked like mine. They both pulled over and the guy driving the truck slammed the door of the car on the guys head as he was getting out to have the confrontation....truck guy was faster I guess. Truck guy drove away.

Next day, car guy was trolling around the area where it happened hoping to run across truck guy. When he saw me drive past, thinking I was the guy, he followed me home.

Another one.....large power outage in our area some time ago. Lasted long enough that I eventually had to drive to a gas station outside of the power outage area to refill gas cans for my generator. Line at the gas station....everyone waiting patiently. I'm 4 cars back from getting my turn when a car pulls away from the pump and some guy comes flying into the spot from somewhere outside of the "line". Of course people start honking and yelling at the guy. The guy jumps out of his car waiving a handgun around and yelling back. I took off so don't know what happened.

I have others as well.....AND I do everything I can to avoid bad situations.

You just never know when you're gonna run across a crazy. And, unless you've witnessed it in person you can't believe how fast a situation can go from zero to 100. I know you can watch the youtube but that don't do the timing justice....IMHO.
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Old May 16th, 2019, 12:04 PM   #739
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Because I could.
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Old June 13th, 2019, 06:50 PM   #740
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We had an active shooter at a restaurant here about a year ago. The shooter was taken down by a couple of CCW guys before th police could arrive. I decided at that time that I ended to be a defender of the innocent, not a potential victim.
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Old June 14th, 2019, 07:18 AM   #741
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I will add to my previous answer. I am fortunate enough that I am in a position that I am able to carry at work with no risk of repercussions. That said, the owner of the corporation that I work for does not carry, and has been decades since he has shot. I keep trying to talk him into taking some time and going to the range with me. Ok, I am deviating off my point. Currently, the owner and I have been working with another company over a dispute over some equipment purchased. Long and short, they are living up to their end under the Uniform Commercial Code. How does that link to CCW? Well, as we are negotiating the equipment and related charges, which are substantial, finally I went over our contact's head. As I talked with corporate over his head, it became clear that the person we had been dealing with, the sales manager, had not been forthcoming to his own company about the situation including how he had modified the standard sales contract. The last time he came in, he seemed really nervous and really desperate. I wonder if his job is potentially on the line. No, I dont want to see anyone lose their job. Well, he has a family, responsibilities, etc. and believe me, I understand that. Point of all this? Do I think he will do anything? No, and chances are that whatever happens, everything will be fine and work out. But, at the same time, you never know. Good people can get desperate, feel like their back is against the wall, and snap and do things that no one would ever think they would do. And if its not this situation, it can be an irate customer, or someone that was inconvenienced at the wrong time. Point is, you never know. Someone isnt going to call me out on main street at noon to settle it. So, I am ready for whatever might come my way. I dont live in fear that some guy is going to come into my place of work or my house or any place I happen to be with the intention of shooting the place up. But I also dont live in a state of ignorant bliss and think that nothing will ever happen or cant happen. So, I am responsible and I am prepared. As I type this, I lean back in my chair and I can feel my EDC.
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Old June 14th, 2019, 08:16 AM   #742
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This thread has now been in existence for a little over 8 years. As I continue to read the reasons that members carry, it just reminds me that even when you're careful going about your daily business, unexpected things can and do happen.

As I consider my original posting 8 years ago (now being 8 years older and 8 years slower ), and even though I have had no need to draw for anything other than training in the interim (thank God), I'm still committed to carrying everyday and everywhere I legally can. While it's likely that my comments in this thread will be the same in another 8 years (assuming it's still here and I'm still around) .... you just never know!
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Old October 17th, 2019, 03:26 AM   #743
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In 1979 someone threatened to do real bad harm to my brother. After he told this to me, I kind of thought if I was there when it happened I could also become a victim. I bought a gun and started carrying concealed as a "just in case" not only for my life but also to protect him.

It became a habit. A good habit and I never stopped over the 40 years. The tough guy who made the threat never showed up again but that was OK.
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Old October 17th, 2019, 03:47 AM   #744
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I get out and walk 5 miles every morning at 4AM when traffic is quiet and it's cooler. I figured it was prudent to carry at that hour of the morning as some areas I walk there are very few street lights.
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Old October 17th, 2019, 07:18 AM   #745
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Because this country has gone full rouge and I like being above ground.

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Old November 16th, 2019, 07:31 PM   #746
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Because I carried almost daily on /off duty for 50+ years professionally & felt naked without it post-retirement when I initially didn't carry as well as that I live a highly populated urban metropolitan area with a proportionate crime rate !!! ... I can, so why not ???
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Old November 17th, 2019, 05:38 AM   #747
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Skyrocketing crime in this country, and especially in our once nice little town, in North Dakota .

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Old November 17th, 2019, 06:14 AM   #748
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My decision to carry resulted from a few reasons.

1. There was a credible report of a threat of terrorist-type attacks at my place of work.

2. I routinely am around a bunch of roid-jacked meatheads with questionable mental health.

3. Too many darn pitbulls on the loose where I lived in the past.

4. I could! And when I first started carrying I didn't even need a permit.
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Old December 2nd, 2019, 01:35 PM   #749
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I keep a fishing boat in the harbor of a major city in a area where the locals use the stop signs as target practice and there are a lot of shootings. I travel down there 3-4AM to go fishing often. I live in a semi rural small town and we just had an incident that reminded me it can happen anywhere. A guy who had murdered his brother the day before tried truck jacking a 65 year old man at gun point in the middle of the day and downtown. The guy refused to give up his truck and the BG tried to fire his semi auto which failed to fire. A 60 year old man heard the ruckus and with the 65 year old proceeded to beat the **** out of the BG. They held him until police arrived. Incidents like this are on our local news every day and why I carry.
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