Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Trunk Monkey, Jul 3, 2012.
I agree but where else would I ask the question?
It's not a matter of thinking that it WILL happen. We just recognize that it COULD.
I have a first aid kit in my bag every day, but I don't expect to need it. I wear my seatbelt every time I drive, but I don't expect to crash. I have 2 fire extinguishers, but I don't expect fire.
You have probably heard these before, with good reason.
And when there IS some thug wanting your wallet/life/defile your wife I bet you'll wish you had it.
I don't wear a seatbelt because I plan on getting in an accident. I wear it just in case.
So people with a different mentality than you are "pretty sad?" That's not the least bit offensive or myopic.
Many, many victims across the nation would disagree with you. Many armed citizens across the nation who avoided becoming victims would also disagree with you. I'm extremely interested to know how you'd respond to such disagreement.
Why not? Seriously, why not? Are there no thugs in this country? Does violent crime not exist? Seriously?
What I find pretty sad is the irresponsible disregard for personal safety. Some people don't get it.
My carry-gun seems to be a good luck charm too, because so far in the three years I've been carrying every day, I've never needed to pull it from the holster
Yesterday for four hours was the first time in a long time that I actually didn't have it on me in public. Went to a concert that did not allow carry regardless of license. It felt very weird not to have one on me. Needless to say, I would skip most shows if not allowed to carry, but this one was worth it, and I didn't see anyone who wasn't smiling and having a great time.
I've gone to countless other public events and concerts while carrying concealed with no problems.
Excluding work. Its not prohibited but as a welder in heavy steel Fab its just not feasable from a mobility firearm durability standpoint, not to mention it wouldn't be very safe. There are certain jobs you just can't have a gun on you while you do them, I work at one.
I guess I carry about 90% of everywhere I legally can. Most of the time I carry inside the house, and I carried a 1911 during three hours of yard work Saturday. The rare occasions I don't carry are usually due to convenience when going in and out of places where carry is not legal. For example, if I know I'm going to the Post Office, I'd rather not park across the street, etc. And sometimes my job has me going on and off a military base...can't carry those days, no matter where else I'm going, unless I go all the way home first to drop off or retrieve my pistol. Can't carry at work at all anyway. There have been a few times where I went to my mailbox at the end of the drive while not carrying...always feel just a little guilty about that.
I like to put it this way:
It's not important to carry every day, but it is important to carry on the day that someone unexpectedly visits violence on you or a loved one. It's also important to correctly guess which day that will be.
Q. Why carry a handgun all the time? Are you expecting trouble?
A. No, but trouble doesn't make appointments. If I were expecting trouble, I would stay home...or carry a rifle.
ETA: BTW, I rounded up my answer to the poll to 100%.
Question For The Mods
Would it be possible to edit the poll to include such a response?
petition the modulators
BTW, results aren't skewed much by asking on a gun site. His question has a qualification: "Assuming you are a permit holder ...". So, if this question was asked in a mall, the 90+ percent of the population without permits would keep walking. Qualified respondents would be members of the same ilk that gathers here.
There will be a small bias given permit holders who are not particularily interested in guns may not visit gun sites.
If I'm going some place I can't carry, it's just so easy to slip the .38 in my pocket, and leave it in the car when I need to.
If I can't carry somewhere, I keep my knife on me and make a note of the exits.
The county I live in is booked 3 weeks in advance for CHL licensing appointments, and they schedule an appointment every 15 minutes of every business day. That county is 1 of 3 counties covering the greater Portland area. That's a lot of licenses each year. Most of those aren't "gun enthusiasts", just people who want to carry for particular occasions or events.
Of the people I know who have licenses, about 1/5 carry regularly. The others carry only "when they have to go to bad areas". Oddly, I know of people who have licenses, but don't own guns.
@ the OP,
I apologize for sounding snarky in saying that results would be skewed. I sometimes forget that tone doesn't translate well in text. While I don't think a board is an ideal sample, the topic is still interesting to me. Even the encapsulated results for THR are interesting.
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