View Full Version : What finally convinced you to carry?
Assuming you were opposed to it to begin with. I am finding it a losing battle in convincing my wife to carry a firearm. I've heard every excuse under the sun from "It wouldnt work with my outfit" to "I dont feel like I need a gun when I have you". Now I must admit the second one made me feel all warm and fuzzy but a little concerned at the same time that my wife is overly dependant on me for protection. So what finally convinced you to carry ladies?
A home invasion/robbery and a purse snatching helped - briefly described here (toward bottom of page 1):
...but I was NEVER against it and shot competition rifle in high school.
That thread talks about crime in "good" neighborhoods, as well.
Try to patiently convince your wife to carry (and train) before she becomes a victim.
I dated a guy who carried. He introduced me to shooting....carefully, and patiently. Never pushed me to carry. Over time, I realized that carrying really was a good idea. See, I live alone, in a downtown area, and do a lot of stuff on my own. I realized that some of my activities were altered by my perceived safety. Having a gun on my hip doesn't mean that I have improved safety, but it does mean that I have improved my chances of survival should something go wrong. Is my safety better? Yup. I am more aware of my surroundings, I notice things I didn't before. I am more likely to *avoid* dangerous situations now, than not notice them.
In addition to training to shoot, I have also taken self-defense training. And while there is a gun on my hip, hopefully, lesser means will do what I need so that I can get home safely. :)
See the stickied thread above.
I have no control over anyone but me. What if my husband is unable to defend me? Will I have to wait, cowering, for my fate? Or will I be able to take matters into my own hands?
i started shooting w/ my husband for fun. he decided he wanted to carry. i had never even thought of it before, but it seemed a reasonable thing to do. so, i went and got my permit as well. and then came the fun part: the long hours of shopping, practicing, placing, checking myself out in mirrors, bending, stretching, sitting, more shopping.... it goes on and on. i feel better prepared to protect myself, and it inspires a lot of great conversations between my husband and me. it's a bonding experience.
I grew up with guns in the house. Then I was in the military for a stretch, and have been in both EMS and law enforcement and now work as a state prosecutor. Seen too much of what happens to people. And I've put enough bad people in jail that I worry sometimes-I've had threats. Having a good, dependable pistol or revolver nearby makes me feel more secure.
I just wanted to protect myself & my kids. My husband works a lot, so I can't depend on him always for protection
Mrs. TGM & I had talked aabout it for some time. Then we had a run-in with a goofball on drugs in a situation where there was not so much as a good stick to defend ourselves with. The situation ended OK when the guy finally staggered off mouthing obscenities but that incident caused us to get with the program and acquire our CCWs within a couple of months.
We never leave home without "it", though sometimes when we know we'll stay together only one of us carrys. Even in church one of us is usually equipped. In public we refer to guns as our "PSD" (personal safety device) so nobody is alarmed by hearing references to guns.
Vicious midgets and drug addled head cases are what convinced me to carry.
I'm a reasonable guy, but there's no reasoning with the mentally ill/high.
"Better off safe than sorry". Too many bad people out there who don't care who they hurt.
Helplessness and defenselessness.
Now I understand about situational awareness.
Cougar. then customers with stalking tendencies.
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