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What do you do to keep yourself serious about being armed?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BHPshooter, Mar 24, 2004.

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  1. BHPshooter

    BHPshooter Member

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    I'm 20 -- I can't carry. But every day before I leave the house (for whatever reason) I do my routine where I check for my wallet, keys, etc. but I also think to myself, "I would be strapping on a gun right now." I do this to get myself trained before I get my CCW licence.

    However, sometimes I find myself thinking, "I don't really need a gun for that, do I?"

    I would assume that sometimes you folks get that way too.

    So what do you do to counteract it? What makes you take being armed seriously again?

    I usually watch any movie themed around murder or serial-killers, and that gets me back into the correct state of mind.

    Wes
     
  2. SiG Lady

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    A mental kick in the head

    I just remind myself that even in this small town we have brutal carjackings, rapes, assaults, kidnappings, bank robberies, homeless loonies darting out of shrubbery in public places, drug addicts, 'bad' neighborhoods, crime in mall parking lots after dark, and people who think all women are just naturally likely to be victims more than men. Just these few things alone serve to regularly kick me upside the head about my personal safety. :fire:
     
  3. CAPTAIN MIKE

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    As for ME...

    ...I look at my little kids, sleeping and my wife doing the same.
    ...I think about the 2 times my sidearm has alllowed me to come home to them and I think of my responsibilities for safety.

    Then I put the paddle of my Fobus holder into my pants on the strong side , my ammo on the support side, rack a round, put on the safety and remind my loving but protective German Shephard that I am counting on her to take care of the family while Dad goes to work.
     
  4. tc300mag1

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    I just know that i live not super far from too very bad towns detroit and inkster with inkster being worse than detroit anymore and it isnt very hard to rember
     
  5. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

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    Troubling myself to pack iron is a lot like troubling myself to carry my wallet and keys: it's what responsible adults do.
     
  6. Ben Shepherd

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    I just look at the knife scar on my right arm, and the bullet scar on my left shin. That is usually enough of a reminder.
     
  7. Preacherman

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    I work daily with over 1,500 max-security prisoners. As I walk out after work, I remind myself that for every one we've got locked up, there are five to ten more out there who are ready, willing and able to do the same things that got these guys locked up. Concentrates the mind wonderfully! :fire:
     
  8. Declaration Day

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    I think of the time I was approached at an ATM. It happened a week after I got my ccw. Fortunately, I was able to get my card out of the machine and jump in my truck before the would-be assailant could do anything. It was the last time I left my house unarmed. Heck, I am usually carrying while inside my house, too.
     
  9. PALEFACE

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    i tell myslef that the one day i don't have it, is the day ill need it. better to have and not need than to need and not have.
     
  10. Walosi

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    "I don't really need a gun for that, do I?".

    Probably not. Here in the land of the mobile meth-heads, you may only need it on the way to "that", or on the way home. Ours drive campers with working labs in back (with their kids riding in the midst of it) and their customers cruise the neighborhoods looking for possible income stops. Once you decide to carry, carry everywhere allowed, and stay away from places that do not want you. Makes for some interesting logistics, but you still have the chance that the ignorant choose to refuse.
     
  11. Black92LX

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    I am only 20 as well so i don't carry yet either.

    but i am sure i would just think of this little passage written by Oleg and then i qould quickly be reminded!

    Wake up in the morning, get showered and dressed
    Before venturing out, some essentials I grab

    A folding knife, a PDA, a pen, some chewing gum
    My camera, a wallet, keys, and a holster with a gun

    You ask why bother with the gun, in our day and age
    When hardly any dangers lurk and life is pretty safe

    This life is safe in part because we stand prepared to fight
    And thugs, who wish to rape or rob, mind the heavy price

    But let me grant that you are right, this land is not at war
    We carry guns but don't expect to fight some hostile horde

    We'd carry still as badge of rank, of status as freemen
    For being able to go armed sets us apart from slaves
     
  12. Treylis

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    I'm 20 myself, and if I need a reminder to go out strapped, I only have to look at the knife scars from when I got jumped a few years ago.

    That and the fact that every time I forget to bring one of my many tools along with me, I always end up needing it. I just know that if I ever forget the gun, I will, of course, find myself in a situation that direly calls for it.
     
  13. Chipperman

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    "What do you do to keep yourself serious about being armed? "

    Watch the news. 'Nuf Said. :(
     
  14. P95Carry

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    ''Expect the unexpected''

    ''Don't assume''.

    There is no more reason for the day to be free of trouble, than there is a reason for trouble to occur. As has been said ''You can't make an appointment for an emergency''.

    All waking hours about covers it ... nicely.... and that includes at home.:)
     
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    I live in WI, but do allot of my shopping and family stuff in MN. Whenever I leave the house I have my Steyr S40 unloaded in a locked case. When I get to the border and am actually in MN then I take it out load it and put it in my holster. Sometimes the wife rolls her eyes. We had a little run in with bg last night in Minneapolis so I don't think she we be rolling her eyes anymore.

    Everytime I strap on my gun I say a little prayer. It helps me keep in perpective the awesome resposibility of CCW.
     
  16. spacemanspiff

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    the mindset is always there. i dont have to 'get into character'.

    once you start carrying, putting on the sidearm is no different than putting on a pair of socks.
    however i do find myself checking my six a lot more often. and i am dismayed when someone does creep up on me, proving i still need to be more diligent about my surroundings.
     
  17. cool45auto

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    What Sig Lady said. :uhoh:
     
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    Think of the folks you know who were here yesterday and gone today... or those in the news that were normal and now not.

    Life is sudden.

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    Yet, if you allow yourself to notice... life is tenacious; it will live belying almost all odds. Check the blade of grass growing - solo - from a crack in a stone; or the ant dragging a moth ten times his size. Or any number of stories you've heard where life beats the odds.

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    But - LIFE is still SUDDEN.

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  19. SAWBONES

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    "However, sometimes I find myself thinking, 'I don't really need a gun for that, do I?'
    I would assume that sometimes you folks get that way too."


    You would assume incorrectly.
    While I understand your meaning, it bears explaining that CCW becomes an accepted aspect of daily life for many of us who have done this for decades, and who take the darker possibilities of existence very seriously.
     
  20. Bobarino

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    i watch the evening news.

    Bobby
     
  21. El Tejon

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    Do you watch car crash videos to remind yourself to wear your seatbelt?

    Education is your answer.

    You realize that the world is not how you fantasize it to be (my world would be free sushi/Thai joints where tall, athletic red headed young and nubile offered free back rubs), it just is. Once you acknowledge this reality, there is no need to "force" yourself to become serious as you already are.

    Can't carry at 20? Man, at 20, I had been carrying for years. That's a rough way to go out there.:(
     
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    When the police do not need weapons and methods to deal with violent criminals I might consider forgetting my weapon.

    But I also would want a court case changed around, it is mentioned on this site now and again. The end result was something along the lines of "the police do not have to risk harm to themselves to save you."

    And then we get into how dense the police are because there still might be a crime where they are not there to prevent it.

    Until such a time arises, I think heinlen did well in one of his books.

    The character carries a gun and takes the responsability that goes with doing so.

    Now don't take the above to mean that I want a cop on every corner, I would expect that no police would be needed because there would be no crime.

    Since I won't see that in my lifetime, I plan to take the responsability that goes along with going armed.

    I might forget my house keys, already have and have broken down a door because of it. This is a minor problem easily solved.

    Forgetting a gun would be about like forgetting to eat for a month or drink water for a week or not breathing for 10 minutes.

    Everyone needs to prioritize things, I don't need news or the net or movies to do that for me. The news and net helped me learn about the above court case, but everytime I see a police person with a gun on their hip or a shotgun in their car I understand it is a tad silly to always expect to be safe when you are always unarmed.

    In a case like this, being right 99.9% of the time will possably get you killed.

    Carry to improve the percentages.

    Thanks for letting me ramble, I have been up way too long and enjoyed it. :D
     
  23. bigjim

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    I go down to East LA and yell PIN-DAY-HO as loud as I can. As far as I know it means very good friend in spanish.

    Now this had been very effective in keeping me motivated.
     
  24. Josey

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    I take a step. My left knee is scarred and painful. I carry. I am a survivor.
     
  25. Jim March

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    I just remember High School for a sec. And shudder.
     
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