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Where do you live? And why?

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by jim in Anchorage, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. TennJed

    TennJed Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Sometimes we get shown in an unfair light, but the vast majority of the people here are great. Never been to Tampa, but have been to many other parts of Florida and love it all

    And I forgot to mention in my previous post, that this is an outdoor paradise. The appalachians are right down the road to the east. The Gulf of Mexico is right down the road to the south. And the best freshwater fishing in the COUNTRY is next door in Arkansas
  2. jim in Anchorage

    jim in Anchorage Well-Known Member

    Wow this thread is even more fascinating than I hoped. Up front mods please don't lock it . I know little gun talk, but what is it hurting?
    I think anyone on THR is a gun crank, a bro, and their story's fit with the THR mission.
  3. Rob0321

    Rob0321 Well-Known Member

    I grew up in upstate NY, left in 2001 to travel the world at the governments expense. On my way to Colorado because I managed to convince the USMC that they should send me to college for a couple of years. In between traveling all over the world I was mostly station in CA. I don't like CA.
  4. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Well-Known Member

    Born in kcmo raised in same, hooked up with uncle sugar in78. Back to kc in 82
    Started to get myself in a bind after bind. After my last little run with the law!!! Could have gotten 5-15 in the kansas pen. I woke up and the judge looked at me and said mr j i see that you have work in texas
    Yes ma"am 1yr unsupervised probation court cost
    Never to return but to visit!! Go get right!!
    Brother sold his car for 500.00 moved to austin tx
    Found my wife from kyle tx been here ever since 1997
    Why the move? Dead or in prison!!!

    Btw called to pay my fine no fine on the books misdemenor charge dropped now on the path of being a productive american(thank you jesus and judge)
    I have my chl loving wife grandson girls!!!!
    I win gotta love KYLE TX
  5. Pete D.

    Pete D. Well-Known Member

    Born in St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, NYC. Grew up on Long Island, NY. Lived and worked there until 1980. Then, for work related reasons, I moved with my family to Brooklyn, NY. I have lived there since.
    In 1995, we purchased a few acres in rural PA and built a second home there. nowadays (I am retired) I divide my time between the two homes.
    Despite the many criticisms of NYC, I much enjoy living in Brooklyn (fuggedaboudit!). It is very different than the woodsy, outdoor life a half mile from the Allegheny Front in PA.....a different set of satisfactions. In PA, anything I need to patronize is at least six miles away. In Brooklyn, within a five minute walk, there are at least thirty restaurants, two movie theaters, three supermarkets, a couple of very fine butchers, fresh fish, a brand new, clean, park along the East River, a hospital, and a pistol range in a gun club dating back to 1934. I have had no problem acquiring any gun that I wanted to own while living in NYC. Yes, it does take time and patience and it is expensive compared to PA. Fortunately, I have both of those.
  6. Nicky Santoro

    Nicky Santoro Well-Known Member

    Born and raised in NJ. Never cared much for it but you build a life, a family, and a business and it's not so easy to move. Now that I'm semi-retired, I'd like to move but my daughter, son-in-law, and new granddaughter live less than a half mile away and I'm not about to move away from them. If my SIL's work moved them to a free state I'd be gone in an instant.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  7. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Well-Known Member

    Born and raised here in rural Maine. Came from a family of shooters that are RKBA positive. I was shooting at squirrels in the back yard with a 30 M1 Carbine at age 4 (with a little help:D). Now I live about 60 miles from there on Mount Desert Island. This IS paradise--great weather with four seasons, lots of things to do and the summer is full of drop dead gorgeous females of all ages that seem to want to shoot my firearms with me. If I live through the wild, busy summer I will put some eye candy on here that I ended up out shooting with.:D Lots of foreign students here for waitress jobs and 20 something wanderers with well to do parents. I LOVE to get them going on the road to firearms ownership.
  8. 303tom

    303tom member

    Been all over the world, always came back here ! Why, because it is the greatest state in the union.................
  9. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    After talking it over with Justin he reminded me that we have Rallying Point for topics just such as this. I apologize for not remembering that sooner and for not moving the thread rather than locking it.
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012
  10. Athrok

    Athrok New Member

    Virginia. Have been lucky to travel. When I find a place I (and my better half) want to be more I'll move.

    Puerto Rico is a close second.
  11. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    I grew up in the PNW, but partly because of the military, and partly because law enforcement is ridiculously difficult to get into these days, I spent most of my adult life in the desert. Between Las Vegas and central Arizona, I could leave the Southwest tomorrow, never return, and die happy.

    Working on employment in LE outside the lower 48, which will start in February if I make it. If I don't, I'm gonna have to figure something else out, because I would really prefer to not put up with another Summer here.
  12. Mr.357Sig

    Mr.357Sig Well-Known Member

    Army brat, so I've been around. Ended up in Oklahoma when my dad went to the Reserves after Vietnam. Graduated HS and college here. Met my wife and had our kids here.

    Have a great church home and dad lives within a few hours. If it weren't for the unbearable summers here, I'd probably never consider leaving.
  13. BullFrawg

    BullFrawg Active Member

    Illinois since I was 13, but next year I'm heading out west :D hopefully Wyoming.
  14. C0untZer0

    C0untZer0 Well-Known Member


    Born in Chicago.

    My girlfriend - soon to be fiance lived in Chicago suburns and her job was at O'Hare airport. Illinois State Veteran's Scholarship, along with VEAP allowed me to go to Illinois state schools and completely covered my education. So those were two reasons I came back to Illinois after the Army.

    I've worked for Chicago-based Fortune 500 companies since college.

    I have heard diatribes from people who claim that people who live in Illinois value the rich restaraunt culture, sports teams, museums and entertainment more than they value their Second Amendment rights. And those people advocate an exodus out of Illinois as the only way to deal with the anti-2A politics.

    Illinois is one of the most politicaly corrupt states (if not THE most politicaly corrupt), and the democratic process is completely subverted by the structure and rules of the Illinois General Assembly, which is controlled by the corrupt Chicago political machine. This is how 99% of the state is controlled by 1% of the state, this why Illinois is the only state not to have a CCW law despite the fact that a majority of citizens - even a majority of citizens in Chicago and Cook County - favor concealed carry. And this is why Chicago and Illinois is at the forefront of much of the 2A judiciary proceedings. The state is ruled by anti-gun demagogues who, because of the corrupt political system, have political immunity from their actions.

    I have children now in the school system and aging parents who need my help, and I simply cannot move out of state.

    On IllinoisCarry and TheFiring Line - I heard from a lot of people who would rant that leaving Illinois was the only way to teach the corrupt politicians a lesson. I've been fighting for gun rights in Illinois since 1987. For many years the battle was about stopping even stricter laws from being enacted. But slowly, the tide has turned and instead of simply being on the defensive - we were able to introduce pro-2A laws.

    McDonald made a huge difference. We re-introduced a CCW bill this year but lost again when the Speaker of the House Michael Madigan tied the legislation up in rules committee and prevented it from coming to a vote.

    The combined cases of Moore & Shepard are currently before the 7th Circuit and we are hoping for a favorable ruling before August 9th.

    I really can't move out of Illinois, but I don't think I would anyway.

    I don't know how many more guns I could have purchased with the amount of money I've given to political candidates running against the anti-gunners in this state, or how much more ammo I could have purchased. Besides McDonald, I've been on the losing side of this battle for 15 years but we are going to win this fight.
  15. JohnD13

    JohnD13 Well-Known Member

    Born and raised in NY. Still here, I can't afford the exit tax!
  16. JoeMal

    JoeMal Well-Known Member

    I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could. Moved here for the stable economy, job opportunities, and the weather.
  17. Sky

    Sky Well-Known Member

    Only listing where I have stayed at least a year. TX, Okla., Alabama, S.E. Asia, Alabama, S.E Asia, Va., TX. Saudi, Okla., TX. and now split my time between S.TX. and S.E. Asia. If I ever sell my U.S. house I will stay at the farm in Asia sell all my guns in the states and probably be cremated with my ashes spread for fertilizer or fill dirt at the farm. Sounds good to me.
  18. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    Born in West Virginia. Raised in Mass. Went into the Army right after HS, came back after Viet Nam with the full intent of moving to Georgia, took the police exam and stayed for 22 more years. My second wife is from Virginia. I visited her family, fell in love with area and moved.
    Very gun friendly, low cost of living, and good people.
  19. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

  20. A strange person

    A strange person Well-Known Member

    I live in northern New England because this is my perfect habitat.

    First of all, it is the only type of physical environment I am capable of surviving in; it is cold for most of the year, and very dim due to forest cover. These are important to me because I have severe reverse seasonal depressive disorder (summer onset, supposedly very rare), agoraphobia, and am allergic to the sun.

    Second, it is very sparsely populated. I hate crowds, and I ESPECIALLY hate cities. The greatest scene in film history was from the beginning of the recent "I am Legend", where there is presented a panoramic view of a future New York City, long devoid of human life, crumbling, and slowly being reclaimed by nature. If I cannot fill my enormous daily quota of silence and solitude in natural surroundings, I can literally have (and have had) psychotic episodes.

    Third, the rugged, mountainous, densely forested terrain is the prefect place to employ my preferred close-range hunting style. I have ZERO tolerance for boredom, so I cannot sit and wait for game to walk in front of me, as many hunters today do. I would likely die of blood loss from nail biting if I did. I have to practice stalking and concealment, and the cover given to me by the forest is key to my success, as it is for other creature of a similar persuasion.
    Also, the poor visibility here (on this whole side of the continent, actually), precludes the possibility of seeing any sort of game beyond 80 yards or so, meaning that I can use shotguns, handguns, and pistol-caliber carbines for ALL of my needs if I so choose (and I do), and enjoy their unique advantages. I take a kind of idiosyncratic pride in the fact that I couldn't care less about the entire genre of post WWI bottle-necked rifle cartridges that dominate the hunting and shooting world today.

    Oh yeah, NH, VT, and ME also happen to be some of the gun-friendliest states in the country. It's true, and makes this post somewhat relevant to this site.
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2012

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