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Old 10-01-2012, 11:27   #81
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I understand your point of view, and don't quarrel with it. I just don't allow the fear (concern, possibility, or whatever one might call the probability of attack) to burden my daily outlook on life, unless I plan to be in unfamiliar surroundings.

My family has been raised and moved on. I usually travel solo, even doing day-to-day errands. I live and travel in a very low crime area. Our friends, family and colleagues are stable, predictable and reliable; none of these folks carry, as far as I know. Thus, I believe my chance of being attacked is too low to warrant concern; if something terrible goes down because I'm not prepared, my bad.

I'm not being cavalier. In my case, I believe my behavior is perfectly realistic.

And I too take no umbrage with your perspective. In life, everything works (theories, a hypothesis, laws) until they don't work. I too work under the theory that by not going to stupid places, and not doing stupid things, and not hanging out with stupid people, I have mitigated my risk of running into society's scourge.

My gun is for when my theory stops working.
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:47   #82
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:21   #83
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Old 10-01-2012, 14:25   #84
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Old 10-01-2012, 15:32   #85
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Old 10-01-2012, 15:43   #86
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Easier to just tell you where I DO NOT carry. I don't carry anywhere I am not allowed to. Everywhere else, is carryland.

Simple enough?
In Texas. that could mean the home of a friend or co-worker.
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Old 10-01-2012, 19:15   #87
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Old 10-01-2012, 19:20   #88
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Old 10-01-2012, 19:54   #89
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The only place I don't carry is at work (no gun policy). Even then, it's in the car with me to and from work. Evenings and weekends, excepting when I'm a sleep or in the shower, a guns always on me.
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Old 10-01-2012, 20:29   #90
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I believe it's ludicrous to say a pistol is only necessary in certain situations and with certain people.

If someone were to point out the specific situations and persons, that will threaten my life, I would certainly carry in those situations. However, no one being gifted, and knowing by whom and when, your life may end, means you have to simply be prepared always.

I carry at family events. Not because family is a problem, but because I cannot predict who else may decide to join us. My family has my back, and I trust them to be carrying also. We care for each other.

It has already been stated that criminals are taking advantage of a situation and a perceived weakness in an individual or situation. I consider situations where it doesn't seem threatening, to be ideal places for bad to happen.

Predators don't want a fair fight; they want you incapacitated either by pre-occupation or by force. I don't give them the chance. When you have the least reason to worry; worry, and be vigilant.

If you are going to "die", go on your terms not some thugs.
I'm satisfied that you and Gallium are sincere in your carry philosophy, but you two are on the opposite end of the spectrum from me (always prepared on one end vs. selectively prepared on the other).

As I recall j6, you have had some dangerous personal circumstances to cope with which helped shape your perspective on the need to carry. That's how life works; our experiences and observations are cues that condition how we respond to our surroundings. Carrying is a defense mechanism.

You might say I've led a charmed life because I have never been confronted with a personal threat. My record spans 70+ years, so I've cruised for a long time without incident. I was raised in a small, safe, community surrounded by friends and neighbors who behaved themselves. I worked 40 years in a professional environment where excessive booze, drugs and violence were not part of the scene.

Yes, I read about assaults and home invasions in the newspapers. I'm aware of robberies and random shootings. These events generally happen at times and at places that don't match my life pattern.

My primary concerns are about strokes, heart attacks and auto accidents, so I take care of myself and drive defensively; my vehicle is a large SUV; I'm served by a cardiologist, a urologist, and an internal medicine specialist. The risk of these threats, for me, has far, far greater probability than an attack requiring self defense measures.

My philosophy isn't better or smarter, just different. I don't think one philosophy is necessarily superior to another; a cookie cutter just doesn't work for self defense. In my opinion, one's philosophy should be based on a thoughtful analysis of risks and priorities. In my case, good health and safety on the road top the priority list.
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I'm satisfied that you and Gallium are sincere in your carry philosophy, but you two are on the opposite end of the spectrum from me (always prepared on one end vs. selectively prepared on the other).

As I recall j6, you have had some dangerous personal circumstances to cope with which helped shape your perspective on the need to carry. That's how life works; our experiences and observations are cues that condition how we respond to our surroundings. Carrying is a defense mechanism.

You might say I've led a charmed life because I have never been confronted with a personal threat. My record spans 70+ years, so I've cruised for a long time without incident. I was raised in a small, safe, community surrounded by friends and neighbors who behaved themselves. I worked 40 years in a professional environment where excessive booze, drugs and violence were not part of the scene.

Yes, I read about assaults and home invasions in the newspapers. I'm aware of robberies and random shootings. These events generally happen at times and at places that don't match my life pattern.

My primary concerns are about strokes, heart attacks and auto accidents, so I take care of myself and drive defensively; my vehicle is a large SUV; I'm served by a cardiologist, a urologist, and an internal medicine specialist. The risk of these threats, for me, has far, far greater probability than an attack requiring self defense measures.

My philosophy isn't better or smarter, just different. I don't think one philosophy is necessarily superior to another; a cookie cutter just doesn't work for self defense. In my opinion, one's philosophy should be based on a thoughtful analysis of risks and priorities. In my case, good health and safety on the road top the priority list.
If I drank I'd drink two beers to this post!

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Old 10-02-2012, 06:44   #92
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I'm satisfied that you and Gallium are sincere in your carry philosophy, but you two are on the opposite end of the spectrum from me (always prepared on one end vs. selectively prepared on the other).

As I recall j6, you have had some dangerous personal circumstances to cope with which helped shape your perspective on the need to carry. That's how life works; our experiences and observations are cues that condition how we respond to our surroundings. Carrying is a defense mechanism.

You might say I've led a charmed life because I have never been confronted with a personal threat. My record spans 70+ years, so I've cruised for a long time without incident. I was raised in a small, safe, community surrounded by friends and neighbors who behaved themselves. I worked 40 years in a professional environment where excessive booze, drugs and violence were not part of the scene.

Yes, I read about assaults and home invasions in the newspapers. I'm aware of robberies and random shootings. These events generally happen at times and at places that don't match my life pattern.

My primary concerns are about strokes, heart attacks and auto accidents, so I take care of myself and drive defensively; my vehicle is a large SUV; I'm served by a cardiologist, a urologist, and an internal medicine specialist. The risk of these threats, for me, has far, far greater probability than an attack requiring self defense measures.

My philosophy isn't better or smarter, just different. I don't think one philosophy is necessarily superior to another; a cookie cutter just doesn't work for self defense. In my opinion, one's philosophy should be based on a thoughtful analysis of risks and priorities. In my case, good health and safety on the road top the priority list.
Agreed a great post. Having been exposed to a wide variety of assaults, shootings, home invasions, and robberies over the years I feel absolutely safe in my decision that in some residences (about any I would socialize in) I feel absolutely no need to carry a gun based on the people there, their experience, security measures they have taken, and the availability of a gun in the house. If I felt insecure enough in my own house or in someone else's house, if I felt that the security measures and/or people present made it necessary to have a gun on at the dinner table, I would not eat there.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:55   #93
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My philosophy isn't better or smarter, just different. I don't think one philosophy is necessarily superior to another; a cookie cutter just doesn't work for self defense. In my opinion, one's philosophy should be based on a thoughtful analysis of risks and priorities. In my case, good health and safety on the road top the priority list.
This paragraph is a great summation (the rest of the post was good too. ) The underlined is spot on!




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Old 10-02-2012, 21:55   #94
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I drank a beer and a shot of Jameson to PhotoFeller's post.

And like others, I would and do carry as much as possible. In the case of someone else's home, I guess I'd rather ask forgiveness than permission if, and that's a big if, I was made.

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Family events at where my cousins will be when in a private dwelling, I usually don't. Parents aren't exactly anti gun, just don't want them around their children(under 10). Whether I agree with it or not doesn't matter. The last thing I need is them asking "What's that?" when hugging me or sitting next to me watching TV. I don't have a pocket gun and can't afford to get one, so for now it is pretty much no, that said if it's a spur of the moment event, I don't leave it in the car. Everywhere else that is legal, yes I do.
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Old 10-02-2012, 23:22   #96
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:49   #97
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So say you are invited to a family dinner, a dinner at your boss' place, or lunch with friends that aren't really close. Do you carry?
Well, yes! (Just saying "yes" was too short of a reply for system to accept.)
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:20   #98
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I always carry something, my pocket gun at the very least which is my Kahr CM40 with extra 6rd mag, need another spare mag.
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:36   #99
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Absolutely...I carry everywhere it is legal to carry. There is no way to anticipate where you might need a side arm.
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:57   #100
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Yes, just my thoughts from the Big Sky Country. Stay safe all and the best to you and yours.
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