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Reason to stop carrying?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by critter, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. george burns

    george burns Member

    May 26, 2014
    When a gun goes off, bad guys run for the nearest exit, not shoot it out with the guy who shot one of them. This is not the movies when a gun goes off they head for the nearest door or window. Of course you could get the exception, but you already had time to stage your next shot, which should leave you with 2 or 3 rounds provided you had time to stage your first shot. If not, then don't take it, you are not a cop and have no duty to confront them in the first place. They may not all even be armed. If you see one with the gun, then shoot him first obviously.
  2. buck460XVR

    buck460XVR Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Carrying a firearm is a personal choice and should be determined by the individual as to what and if to carry. Peer pressure and admonishing should not be the motivation in either direction. If a person is uncomfortable carrying or comfortable not carrying, it's their choice and the reason/reasons should not matter to the rest of us. Same goes for folks that EDC. I know plenty of folks that served our country well that came home wanting nuttin' to do with guns. I also know of folks that had negative experiences with firearms in the civilian world that want nuttin' to do with them, even if their life depended on it. Kinda the nice thing about America......we have that choice.
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  3. Kleanbore

    Kleanbore Moderator

    Aug 13, 2008
    Do you have a basis for that assertion?

    What on Earth do you mean by that?

    Would you do that if another one were closing in on you with a knife?
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  4. Armed 24/7

    Armed 24/7 Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    Corpus Christi TX
    If the three of them had received 1 to 2 hits per person ( assuming an outstanding hit ratio under stress) their determination and plans probably would have changed a bit.
  5. Hanzo581

    Hanzo581 Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    What in this situation prompted him to think he must act? Unless he had a clear advantage going into a 3 vs. 1 situation probably isn't the best idea, no matter what the internet commandos say.

    I urge people to watch Active Self Protection's videos on youtube, he break down footage of real self defense situations that were caught on camera. A lot of good pointers to be had.
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  6. jjones45

    jjones45 Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Being in a near violent situation where I would be outmanned and outgunned would make me want to carry more guns and ammo, not stop carrying all together. What good is it to be outmanned, outgunned and unarmed. Am I missing something here? Just because you carry a gun doesn't mean you have a duty to shoot it out with bank robbers and such. A ccw is a last choice option when it's life or death for you or someone, not to be a hero and save the day. The people's money is insured by the federal government, your life is not
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  7. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    After 6 months of posts I'm still at a loss as to why the friend of the OP felt obligated to play police officer? His SD handgun is just that, for SD, not for playing LEO. Why in the world would anyone feel the need to "engage" bank robbers just to stop the robbery?

    Like I said before, it's probably a good thing he decided to no longer carry.

    EDIT: Just a note, the OP has not posted in this thread since the day if was created, Sept. 10, 2016. Hmmmmm.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  8. Lycidas Janwor

    Lycidas Janwor Member

    Aug 19, 2014
    As others have said, if he's not willing to engage (and this is smart, because if the robbers aren't shooting the place up, if all they do is go in and get the hell out) then the best thing he could do is get a mental picture of the perps: what they are wearing, tattoos or distinguishing traits, physical make up (height and weight), car description, etc. Really, that's probably what I would do, then give law enforcement as much info. as I can so law enforcement can do their jobs.

    Now, if the robbers start shooting the place up, that's a different story, then yes, I engage. If the robbers are going to shoot and kill and impose their violence on the victims, I am forced to engage via my ability to engage which is my gun. If I die, I die. But hopefully, I scare the robbers enough that they bug out. If they aren't expecting return fire, they may flee. In fact, I'd almost guarantee that they cut their losses and get the hell out.
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  9. Kaeto

    Kaeto Member

    May 2, 2006
    Lincoln Park, Mi.
    I train with my EDC with the expectation that if I have to use it I am going to get hurt by the BG, and to continue through the pain. (it helps that I am in constant pain anyway.)
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  10. Hokkmike

    Hokkmike Member

    Feb 28, 2006
    Sullivan County PA
    And just maybe, she might be alive today had he engaged.
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  11. mercervillerental

    mercervillerental Member

    Apr 7, 2017
    I've considered not carrying for a host of reasons but don't think this would be one of them. I'd like to think not engaging would be my first instinct
  12. Vonderek

    Vonderek Member

    Jul 9, 2006
    It sounds to me that there is more to the equation than carry or not. This situation is pretty intense and I think he needs some psychological counseling.
  13. Sarge

    Sarge Member

    Jun 28, 2003
    Well after having read thru this over the days I think I'll "volunteer" my .02 worth.
    When I decided to carry I also decided that should the need arise I would - WITHOUT hesitation - use it if/when necessary!
    I don't care it there are 3 or 4 and they all have guns, I will engage! I will have several things going in my favor -
    1. I will most likely have the element of surprise on my side!
    2. I am ready & willing to shoot!
    3. I will not have to study the situation to decide what I will do! I Will have to quickly determine which is the greatest threat, he goes first!
    4. I will Not quit shooting until they are all down or disarmed.
    I also have an advantage that very few others have - I have previously engaged in close quarter combat, both with a rifle & a pistol, Soo - been there done that! And as the saying goes - got the scars to prove it!
    Oh, and I'm still walking around and they are in a hole in the ground!!!
  14. GunnyUSMC

    GunnyUSMC Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    Denham Springs LA
    For those of us that have walked into the darkness of combat and come home, we have been tested. But there are many that carry guns that have never had a real person in their sights or at the end of their muzzle.
    Most that carry a gun for protection think that they could shoot another person, but until that day comes they will truly never know.
    Killing is easy, living with it is the hard part. I have a friend that saw his share of combat. He came home and became a LEO. One day things went bad. On a traffic stop a man pulled a gun and shot him. His training kicked in. He walked away from the fight. Years later while talking with him, I found out that he still has trouble dealing with that day. He said that he never wanted to kill anyone, but the guy on that traffic stop gave him no choice.
    I tell people that if they are not willing to take another human life, they don't need to carry a gun.
    I have told young LEOs that if they are not willing to take another life, get another job. I have lost 9 of my brothers in the line of duty within the last 14 years. One died because they were not willing to kill the person that took their life.
    For those that carry, I pray that you never have to use you weapon to take another life.
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  15. Kendahl

    Kendahl Member

    Apr 7, 2012
    If we take the initial post at face value, the friend would have engaged the bank robbers on sight. That is, he would have skipped the first three letters in OODA and jumped straight to the last. By the time he realized what he was up against, he would have been irrevocably committed. I once knew a Porsche owner who thoughtlessly drove into a fog bank at 85 mph. He got through it without a wreck but the experience scared him so badly that he sold the car. Both person's responses were based on emotion rather than logic. The concealed carrier could learn to use all the letters in OODA and the driver could have paid proper attention to what was in front of him.

    It's also possible that the friend finally began to consider all the ramifications of initiating a gun battle. Would he have made the situation worse instead of better? What would have been the consequences to him, not just the possibility of physical injury but of legal action and criticism of his intervention? It is very possible that he found all of this overwhelming and ceasing to carry was a way to relieve himself of the need to make such a decision.
  16. If1HitU

    If1HitU Member

    Oct 22, 2014
    L/ville Ky.
    I will carry till I die,or get so sick I can't get around by myself .I wouldn't make any difference then anyway.
  17. Rick McC.

    Rick McC. Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Weeki Wachee, FL
    I'll stop carrying when I'm dead (or maybe not)...
  18. WVGunman

    WVGunman Member

    Feb 26, 2014
    Agreed. I also think it's a bad idea to carry a concealed weapon expecting to win a gunfight with multiple armed opponents. If you think a confrontation like THAT is likely, you need to be much better armed. Given their obvious limitations in accuracy, power, and ammo capacity, I have always thought of concealed weapons as matters of last resort. This is just my opinion, but it seemed obvious their role is to be used along with tactical surprise against a single person or (at most) two unarmed persons, or when it was clear one's life is directly threatened, and its fight back or die. A situation wherein a person can choose to not engage doesn't fit any of those descriptions. That's when you let the police handle it or walk away.
  19. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Member

    Feb 12, 2011
    The Land that Time Forgot
    If you think a confrontation like that is likely, you need to put yourself in the position to AVOID that confrontation, notify law enforcement, and let them do their job.

    If someone has a grudge against you and you think they may follow you with some friends in tow, that's different. A bigger gun is warranted for defense when there may be no other option. However the OP's friend is concerned he would stumble into a bad situation, and be unable to control himself. Carrying a bigger gun is not the solution. Refusing to carry at all is not the solution.

    Psychological counseling is the solution. The inability to walk away from a fight is a good way to end up dead, in the hospital, or in prison.

    I do not believe in vigilantism, or in pacifism. Save your life if you can. Save another person's life if you can also. Money and property is replaceable, not a life, and not your freedom if you screw up.
  20. JFrame

    JFrame Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Next to a reclaimed patch of swampland called D.C.
    ...Or to stop driving a car... o_O
  21. Ca survivor

    Ca survivor Member

    May 27, 2017
    so your friend rather be a victim, instead of taking some with him, does he knows there are guns with more capacity ?
  22. hdwhit
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    hdwhit Member

    Nov 16, 2015
    Frisco, TX
    They made the right decision for them. When someone is not confident in their ability to make a proper decision on the use of deadly force, not confident in their ability to actually employ deadly force and are uncertain of or unwilling to deal with the outcome, then they should not carry.

    J-frame with 5 shots, no hostages, just money and robbers retreating after they had the cash; yeah, I think I would have decided that getting into a shootout with three opponents for some little pieces of green paper was not worth my life.

    Not me.

    Every time I have had to produce a weapon or use it, the situation has been thrust upon me and I had no choice but to act in defense of my own life.
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