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Concealed Carry-why do you do it?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by fishnjake, Feb 13, 2009.

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  1. Leanwolf

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    What so many people who are either anti-guns for honest citizens, period, or, those who own gun but say, "Why carry a gun?? The odds are you'll never need it."

    I say, "Yes, the odds are I'll never need it. But.... if I or my family are ever attacked by a bad guy(s), then I am no longer part of the odds, I have suddenly become part of the statistics."

    Plus, if I knew the time and the place some cretin were going to attack me, I just wouldn't be there.

    As I'm neither clairvoyant nor prescient, I carry a firearm for self defense.

    L.W.
     
  2. David E

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    Cops should answer, also. It's been my experience as a cop that very few carried off-duty.

    In fact, very few carried on Training Day which happened every other Wednesday.....unless it happened to be "qual day" at the range. THEN, at least, they had their guns in their car !

    I never understood that.

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  3. gglass

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    I will answer your question with a question.

    Why do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?
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    I have gone 45 years without a fire in my home, but I still have one. Hmmm... Maybe it's my civic duty to exit my home and call 911 to bring the fire department when I have a small grease fire.
     
  4. Gungnir

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    I don't have a CPL yet, but as soon as I can apply (in about 2 weeks tops) I will.

    Why?

    Because I trust human nature... Sad but true.
     
  5. Geronimo45

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    'Cuz chicks dig it! :neener:

    The real reason is the Wedgewood Baptist shooting. I was a kid then, and it spooked me. Somebody said how you could/should concealed-carry, or that Texas should legalize it. I don't recall which. I just put the thought in the back of my mind that I'd get a license when I got of legal age to do so. When I hit 21, I did just that.
     
  6. alelks

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    I carry because it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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  7. ModificationVt

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    because anyone who thinks my wallet is worth more than my life isn't worth the contents of my wallet, but are worth contents of what ever gun I am carrying.
     
  8. loneviking

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    For years I always had a gun in the car with me, but not on me unless I was out in the boonies. In my neck of the woods, there are snakes, bears and mountain lions to contend with! But around town, I'd just keep the gun in a gun bag, ready to go if needed, but not on me.

    And then, one day, in a small Mexican market that I often visit for their 'ready to go' fajitas, this market was robbed. The video was chiling as a middle aged guy walks out as two youngsters walk in. I'm thinking that I was fortunate that the guy wasn't me! These youngsters put a semi-auto to the head of the girl at the cash register and when she wasn't fast enough, bashed her face into the register. When the owner came out of the back to see what the screams were about, they threatened to kill him. They robbed the place and disappeared, never to be found.

    After that, I got my CCW and I carry all the time.
     
  9. skwab

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    I carry because I never want the lowest common denominator to have an advantage over me.

    Because even with the quickest response time the police won't get there in time.

    Because if people don't exercise their rights they disappear.

    Those are the main reasons. I hope to God I never get put in a situation where I need it, but if I do, I'd rather have it than not.
     
  10. stubbicatt

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    It is good discipline, good mental conditioning. It encourages caution.
     
  11. Shadan7

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    Can't be said enough, stubbicatt, nor any better.

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  12. Harley Man

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    concealed Carry- why do you do it

    Just want to remind Geronimo45 that even with a CHL in Texas you cannot conceal carry in a Church.....Now that is a STUPID law. I also felt the pain of that shooting as it was not to far from where I live. Good luck to you, and Remember Carrying comes with a BIG Responsibility.
    Best of Luck
    Harley Man
    Viet Nam Vet 1970 - 1971
     
  13. gossamer

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    whoa.


    Hoosier:

    That is possibly the best reason/response to that question I've heard, ever. No platitudes, no polemics - just a rational explanation that focuses on safety and security.

    When I talked to my uncle about my decisions to take my CCW class (two weeks from yesterday) I told him I only wanted to talk to people who understand that guns are about keeping people alive, not making people dead.

    Thanks for that response, for real.
     
  14. AKElroy

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    Why do I carry?

    My family moved from Killeen, TX when I was young, but much of my extended family still lives there. I have eaten at the Luby's where many in that town lost their lives, and I remember the panicked calls I made with my parents to all those we know and love in that town to make sure they were OK. While my family was spared, many lives were lost because only the bad guy came armed. Texas eventually became a right to carry state, but it took "W" to get it done. 12 years ago, my wife & I were traveling through the Texas hill country, and due to the the Luby's incident, I was carrying (illegally). We stopped at a rest stop for my wife to nurse our newborn, and I walked to the nearby river. I look back toward the car (running, AC on, wife in back seat, 1911 under the drivers seat) to see a gang banger thug making a be-line towards it. I raced back, reached under the seat, grabbed my 1911 and just held it at my side and asked the guy, now 3 feet away, if he needed anything. He said, palms out in the universal "don't shoot" stance, that he "didn't need no trouble", and ran off. I am not a fan of brandishing a weapon, especially one that was being carried illegally, but it saved a carjacking, and likely saved my wife & daughter. That was 12 years ago, and I was foolish for not reporting the incident to the cops. Had the banger reported me first, I would have been the one face down in a felony stop. I have had my CCL for years, and with or without it (should the lefties prevail), I will not leave my home unarmed. Innocent lives may be affected by deciding it is just too uncomfortable for whatever reason. Believe me--the novelty wears off quickly & then we are left with only our responsibility, and the discomfort. Do it anyway. Step up, and be prepared to protect the innocent.
     
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    Why? To better fend off a threat.
     
  16. Isher

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    OK -

    This may seem a little circuitous, but bear with me.

    I'm selfish.

    For several reasons.

    I like living and I like the lives of my family and friends

    A round of 124 gr Hyrdra-Shok costs me approx. $1.09

    So a clip is worth $15.26

    Now, if my family's lives are on the line, right here, right now,

    Or the life of a friend, or my life, if it's just me

    The thousands of tax dollars I pay every year with the expectation that

    As a citizen, my life will not be threatened

    Is entirely worthless

    In this immediate moment.

    All I have is $15.26

    (Not the fault of the LEO's, they gotta be informed and get from there to

    Here, to be effective.)

    So, I'll give you a buck dancer's choice - given the situation that you are facing

    You have a single or a couple three seriously bad people at close range.

    1.) Pull out your cellphone and dial 911

    2.) Offer them $15.26 to go away

    3.) Unholster your weapon and aim; create distance from your opponents;
    fire only if necessary


    Therefore, I carry.



    isher
     
  17. AKElroy

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    Carry in a church?

    Not accurate. CHL in Texas was revised recently; churches must now post the 30.06 signage to notify CHL holders that they are trespassing if the congregation chooses to prohibit carry. No sign, no tresspass. My congregation Requests me to carry.
     
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  18. AKElroy

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    Why Carry

    Cute, but even guilty life is worth more than the contents of my wallet, and my wallet holds a lot. I get your point that it is your life that is being placed at risk by the bad guy over the contents of a wallet, but we need be be careful not to triavialize the taking of life with cute one liners. Sorry to be serious, but killing just isn't as funny to me as it used to be.
     
  19. CDH

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    If the predators out there thought even a fraction as much for life as you do, there would be no need to worry about being attacked.

    Allow me to be less trivial about taking a life of someone who thinks my life is forfeit if I prefer to keep my wallet.
    Screw 'em. I carry because I will not be a victim, and if that means that a predator doesn't make it through the encounter alive, then I'm good with that.
    I hope that feels a little better for you since I chose to be just as "serious" as you.
     
  20. AKElroy

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    Why Carry

    Brilliant, CDH. Wrap up tight in that "I refuse to be a victim" blanket when you are wiped out financially for using excessive force & racked with guilt over blowing one of God's created off the planet over the $6 in your wallet. As for me & hopefully the majority of my piers, I carry to PROTECT life, not to find a reason to take it. Take your "I refused to be a victim" stance before a jury & see how that works out for you. Given your prideful posture, this may be an impossibility for you, but the ONLY words that will save you from that jury will be "I was AFRAID FOR MY LIFE". Say it with me...
     
  21. ndh87

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    Because it is my right to do so if i feel so inclined (which i do)
     
  22. UMB

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    Life is short.....

    I want to insure that I and my loved ones stay here as long as possible.
    I was recently on a job for several days before the homeowner noticed the butt of my SW revolver sticking out of my waistband. He said, " I see you have a gun, what are you afraid of?" I replied, "Not much, hell I'm carrying a gun!"
     
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    It gives me options.
     
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    Because I dont go into bad neighborhoods, the bad people come into mine.
     
  25. Defense Minister

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    I know that, statistically, I will "never" need to use deadly force to defend myself or my family. But, I also know that, if I ever do, I will need a gun really bad and right now, and carrying is the only way to be sure of that kind of necessary access.
     
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