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Does carrying a gun make you more likely to help strangers?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jlbraun, Aug 14, 2008.


Are you more likely to help strangers if you're carrying?

  1. Yes, I'm more likely to help people when I'm carrying.

    39 vote(s)
  2. No, I don't act any different when carrying.

    62 vote(s)
  3. No, I'm less likely to help people when I'm carrying.

    4 vote(s)
  4. This question is dumb.

    20 vote(s)
  1. jlbraun

    jlbraun Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    And the converse - would not being able to carry a gun make you less likely to help strangers?

    Me, I consider myself more likely to help out strangers, because I know that I have the option to defend myself effectively.
  2. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Senior Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    I might have phrased the poll differently, but in general, yes, I am less apprehensive around strangers. I don't mean people I meet at a party, I mean complete and total strangers who I may bump into at night or something. I'm generally more talkative when I carry as well. I sort of go into, "hey I can totally defend myself, let's start talking to people" mode.

    Someone once posted a thread about "Gun Zen", saying that carrying a gun forces you to become more calm and less jumpy. That may have something to do with it. "I'm calm, I'm collected- hey! that person needs directions, I'll help them!"
  3. NG VI

    NG VI Senior Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    Sure, I'm much less likely to stop and ask someone if they need help if I am unarmed. I have no idea who they are or what they are about. Plus we have had a rash of murders up here this year, and I don't think I want to be the next one down.
  4. Prepster

    Prepster Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    I also find I'm more at ease when I'm armed. That isn't to say I'll go chat with a sketchball hoodlum in an alley, but I'm more sociable in general if I have a lead delivery system.
  5. Pat Cannon

    Pat Cannon New Member

    May 8, 2006
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    No, it doesn't, but it does make me feel a little safer should the situation go bad -- which it never has. Maybe I was foolish to, for example, interrupt a domestic fight on the street, or pick up hitchhikers, back in the days when I walked around unarmed, but it was a risk I chose to accept and I've never regretted it for a minute. I accept the same risks now, occasionally, because there really are way more honest folks whose car broke down than serial killers pretending their car broke down. The only difference is now, it's riskier for somebody who might try to hurt me.

    Oh, but one thing I learned as a night shift worker is, don't pick up female hitchhikers in certain neighborhoods at certain hours, unless you actually do want to purchase sexual services. They just get irritated with you because then they have to take a bus back to where you picked them up.
  6. The_Sheriff

    The_Sheriff member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Yes, only becuase I will feel safer when helping them.
  7. Hoppy590

    Hoppy590 Senior Member

    May 25, 2006
    MA :(
    help people as in jump off a bridge to save a baby ?
    no effect

    stop and help change a tire for some one?
    maybe, little more secure

    try and stop a domestic dispute at a store or something?
    not unless one of the party's is in immediate danger
  8. Treo

    Treo member

    Nov 30, 2007
    Co. Springs
    It's hard to answer the question in a poll .

    Certain things I wouldn't do if I was packing a bazooka.

    I won't pick up hitch hikers
    I don't pick up women alone.

    I don't know I'd be pretty picky the last time I tried to help someone my church asked me to give a guy a ride to the mission. He started to acuse me of trying not to get him to the mission before the doors were closed & I ended up ordering him out of the car.

    Directions calling someone on the phone for you sure. Letting you in my car or my home not so much.

    but I don't think a gun enters into the equation
  9. Triphammer

    Triphammer New Member

    Mar 18, 2007
    S.E Arizona
    I didn't enter the poll as there is no choice that fits. I'm normally a pretty grumpy & short tempered guy, downright surly. When I carry, I'll go out of my way to be as pleasant & personable as a human can be. I usually carry concealed but IF my sidearm is noticed I want it associated with a pleasant & friendly soul.
    Just want to be the good ambassador.
  10. Kind of Blued

    Kind of Blued Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Rocky Mountains
    Using the typical "stranded motorist" situation, this is how I see it. Unfortunately, my willingness to help someone is dependant on if I have time and how "helpless" they look.

    I'll admit, sexism comes into play. I'm much more likely to help a young attractive lady in a sequin dress change a tire than I am a tattooed biker fella; A) because I like pretty ladies, or I'm chivalrous, take your pick, and B) because I stereotypically think of them as being less likely to be able to change a tire, especially the ones in the dresses.

    None of this has anything to do with my carry gun, although it's quite obvious how it could.

    In regard to personality and social traits, I think I'm the same person with or without a gun, although I haven't gone too far past the hallway bathroom without a gun in a while.
  11. SASD209

    SASD209 New Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Well, good question.
    I suppose I'd be more likely to stop and assist a disabled motorist if I was armed.....I'd also probably just call the authorities and alert them to above said motorist and keep going if I was unarmed. Does that make sense to y'all? Makes sense to me and that's what I'd do.

  12. Nobody's_Hero

    Nobody's_Hero Member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Central GA
    Well, it may hold true then:

    "An armed society is a polite society."
  13. 230RN
    • Contributing Member

    230RN Marines raising the Pisa tower.

    May 27, 2006
    Nobody's Hero beat me to it.

    It also makes me a much better driver.

    "Eh, so he cut me off. and I have to fall back another car length. Let's see, at my present speed of 60 mph, I'll get there a whole 275 milliseconds later."

    As opposed to leaning on the horn and moving my bumper up to within 275 millimeters of his.

    When younger and more agile, I would stop to help if I saw someone beside the road, especially since I carried a transmission jack and lug nut helper bar in the trunk, but nowadays, when everyone's got a cell phone except me, I tend to pass on by with a little prayer for them. Having a defensive firearm on me would make no difference.

    Come to think about it, most of the time I'm not consciously aware of it. Sorta like wearing shoes. After all, when was the last time you thought, "Oh, I'm wearing shoes?"

    As far as stuff in terms of "can I help you find something?" when someone's on the street looking at a map of the city (and the like) is concerned, there's no difference. I always was a helping-type personality.

    In case of a struggle in the streets, I avoid that kind of thing, mainly because I didn't live to be 68 by making assumptions about who's the good guy and who's the bad guy, unless there's a woman or a kid involved. (And nowadays, I'm not physically able to help much anyhow.)

    In case of a robbery in a Kwikee mart, that's really not something one could present cut-and-dried answers to and use up bandwidth to speculate upon in this thread.

    In case of a mall shooter type scenario, though, I did analyze that one for myself, and, without braggadocio, I can say that I would at least deliver suppressive fire until I was no longer able to. Let's face it, I'm 68 and I might allow the young lady with the baby to get the heck under cover or outta there before I went down.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2008
  14. crebralfix

    crebralfix member

    Mar 7, 2004
    It's safer to just call help for them. However, it depends on the location. If I were in Wyoming, I'll have a different response than in the major metro area I live in.
  15. Aran

    Aran member

    Jul 19, 2007
    Indiana, PA
    Nope, I'm just as helpful either way.
  16. HardKnox

    HardKnox New Member

    Jun 11, 2007
    I always help people out whenever i can, whether or not i know them. Maybe because i'm in LI NY and nobody carries except unlawfully. Maybe because i'm 21 years old 6'4" & 250lbs (lean not fat) and very well versed in a few different forms of self defense.

    Though I think it's because i have a positive outlook on human beings in general.

    I always try my best to help out my fellow man
  17. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Nov 14, 2007
    +1, yup.
  18. CajunBass

    CajunBass Mentor

    Jun 2, 2005
    North Chesterfield, Virginia
    I don't know. Never really thought about I don't guess. I've been known to stop and help someone. I've been known to pick up a hitchhiker, both male and female before. I've been carrying a pretty long time so I'm sure I've done it with a gun on me. I know I've never NOT helped someone because I had a gun with me.

    I guess it just depends on the circumstances.
  19. TallPine

    TallPine Mentor

    Dec 26, 2002
    somewhere in the middle of Montana
    "more likely" than what ???

    Years ago when I didn't carry, I often stopped to help folks that were broke down and/or pick up hitchhikers. This was back in the days when nobody had cell phones. Never had any problems.

    Nowadays, I am just more wary of people in general (I dunno if this is a factor of the world, or my perception of the world, changing ) which is of course why I tend to have a gun close by. Since I do carry, I am no more likely or unlikely to stop and help somebody than I was before (when I didn't carry).

    Does that make any sense?

    OOOXOOO Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    I do the same thing when carrying that I would do without. I find myself helping people more and more latley. Maybe I have just been paying more attention to my surrondings.

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