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Old 01-15-2009, 20:13   #526
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Well mine happened last night.

I drive a truck for a living, and after unloading in San Antonio, I headed to Waco, dropped my trailer at a shipper, and headed for the hotel. These trucks are equipped with refridgerators, but when it is really cold out they'll drain the batteries down.

About 9:30 last night I left my hotel room to go shut the fridge off. Cell phone was on the charger (that won't happen again). I went downstairs, walked across the moderately lit parking lot, and opened the drivers side door.

Standing in my truck was an older black man with all my belongings in a pillow case.

I immediately stepped back off the steps and told him to get the ---- out of my truck. he finally did exit the passenger door. I walked toward him as he was getting into his car yelling at him to give me back my stuff. He reached into his coat as if he was reaching into a holster, so I got behind the truck as he left.

Nothing was taken, and I am very fortunate to be sitting here chatting with you all. I didn't see him until I entered the truck, but he had eyeballs on me the whole walk across the parking lot. He could have shot me as soon as I opened the door.

CWP class will be done next week. Unfortunately I will have to wait for it to be processed!!!
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Old 01-16-2009, 23:34   #527
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Ok so I'm reading all of the horrible encounters all of you have had and thinking how stupid my reason for getting my CC was.

When I first started dating my husband....and yes, driving his vehicle.....I would get so friggin irritated that I couldn't just hop in HIS truck and take off without first checking to see if there MIGHT be a gun in the vehicle. (Have a lead foot, get pulled over a lot!!)

Nowadays, after having a permit for a few years and a toddler to protect, I feel naked if I go out in public without at least one gun strapped on. Talk about an about face huh?
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:53   #528
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Ok so I'm reading all of the horrible encounters all of you have had and thinking how stupid my reason for getting my CC was.

When I first started dating my husband....and yes, driving his vehicle.....I would get so friggin irritated that I couldn't just hop in HIS truck and take off without first checking to see if there MIGHT be a gun in the vehicle. (Have a lead foot, get pulled over a lot!!)

Nowadays, after having a permit for a few years and a toddler to protect, I feel naked if I go out in public without at least one gun strapped on. Talk about an about face huh?
That's a perfectly fine reason.

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Old 01-19-2009, 20:11   #529
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:57   #530
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Columbine finally did it for me. And the way Clinton exploited the tragedy before the kid's bodies were even cold made me want to exercise my 2A right even more.
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Old 01-27-2009, 07:39   #531
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I decided me and my wife need our ccw for a couple of reasons. First tis happened a yr. ago I am a paramedic I am gone 24hrs at a time. I was away one night about 12 midnight my wife was sitting on couch in living room watching tv.She turned around and a man came up the hallway. He was high on alcohol and drugs. She kept a level head, kept the couch between her and him and ordered him out he did. He came in through my sons bed room window. (luckily my son was away for the night.) The guy was caught had a long record of this and got a slap on the wrist. 2 weeks later my wifes windshield on her car had a ballbat taken to it. Now a yr later in less than 2 weeks I have to go have major back surgery that will leave me in bed for several weeks....This is why we both carry everywhere we go now... Given the chance again this guy or nobody else that comes into my house and is a threat to me and my family will not get a slap on the wrist! Thank God Ohio now has the castle law!
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Old 01-28-2009, 19:59   #532
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Why CC?

I was speaking with my cousin, who is a fellow Glock owner and is an LEO for Houston, TX PD. I asked him "How do I get out of speeding tickets?"
His reply: "Don't speed."
I said "What else?"
He said "Get your CHL." He said that when he pulls people over, he truthfully doesn't care if they were speeding, etc. He is looking for warrants. Showing him that card is basically saying "I'm a good guy with a clean record, and a reson to keep it that way."
So I bought the class to take with my dad as a Father's Day present and decided that I should carry everywhere based on Murphy's Law. As a 6'7" 300lb man, I never thought anyone would be that stupid. I was wrong. Thankfully though, I had a recourse when giving away my wallet and cell phone didn't prove too helpful. Now, I carry a spare gun.
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Old 02-04-2009, 13:01   #533
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My Reason

I have two reason's...

1. About 4 years ago I was working for my uncle at his little service/gas station in a nicer part of the city. It was about 3 in the afternoon sun still out high and bring in the sky. I am doing some cleaning of some sort and two young thugs walk in guns drawn. One points his gun straight in my face and yells " Gimmi the F'in money or Ill kill you foo" I will never forget those words EVER!!! The other one walks back into the garage were my uncle and the mechanic are going over a car. So I open the register and give him the cash, he then screams " Were's the GD safe open the safe" I inform him that we dont have a safe here. I must have felt 2 inches tall saying that. Then I hear my uncle yell in the back " Just give them the money!!!" So what must have been 30 seconds go by but it felt like 30 hours, the one up front with me pokes his head in the garage and yells "lets go B lets go". They then push on the door that you have to pull to open * I look back on that its kinda funny* Uncle gets on the phone and calls 911. Me being stupid follows them to see which way they go, if they get in a car, anything. They get away with maybe 40 bucks in the register the 50 in my wallet and they dropped my uncles wallet which had like 1200 bucks in it... Then I go to close my bank account maybe 25 minutes after all this happend come to find out they have allready used my check card at a mc. donalds 4 miles away from my house!!! I call my house and tell my mother to lock the doors close the windows and get my shotgun and dont open the door for anyone. When I get home I find her sitting in the living room with the shotgun on her lap, my step dad with his 45 on his lap. and my grandmother has my grandfathers old over/under on her bed. Ive never felt so safe in my own home.

2.

This happens Yesterday actually. My buddy owns a small pizza shop in a strip mall . Its about 8ish and there is a loud bang bang bang on the back door. Knowing that he has been robbed before I arm myself with the closest thing possible which was a 13 inch knife. I go in the back room and call the police. The lady on the phone says they will send a unit over.... 25 minutes later 2 LEO's pull infront of the pizza shop buthen they pull forward and park infront of the liquor store. Turns out that the person who pounded on the door was looking to find someone that would open the door, the lady two stores away opened the door. She was then robbed at gun point by a guy who was high on drugs. I walk down and inform the LEO that there was some very loud bangs on the back door of the pizza shop as well and I called some 25 mintues ago and that if they would have resopnded quicker they may have caught the robber The young LEO caught my smart ass comment and didnt say a word.

I signed up for my CCW class today, to the disapproval of my family they see no reason for me to carry a firearm. Pretty sure thats two damn good reasons right there if ya ask me.... Stay safe GT
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Old 02-08-2009, 14:09   #534
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The two main reasons for me were the outcome of the Presidential election and that coupled with the tanking economy. Desperate times bring out desperate people that will do anything to survive.
Wow...my reasons exactly. Knowing that crime will increase as people get more desperate, I wanted to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights. I purchased my G23. (I don't yet have my CCW, but will be applying this week. Just finished the class that is required here in Ohio on Saturday.)

Eventually, I want to get my wife to come around and carry as well. She's not there yet though.
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Old 02-12-2009, 20:50   #535
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When the commie president said "clinging to their guns and religion" I thought I needed to look into this gun thing ! I am 52 and never shot a handgun before. I took a private lesson from the local firearms instructor at the range, liked it, & my wife and I took the ccp class, I bought a Glock 19, and I am waiting for my paperwork to come through on the cc.
Also there is an increasing number of home invasions, hold ups, ect. One evening we were approached by a very aggressive panhandler when leaving a restrauant, this was not in a dark alley -it was on main street in a snazzy town- and I am 6' 2" 200 lbs and in good shape, I know I"m old but this was bold by any standard. It hit me these bad guys are nuts and anything could happen anytime and I need to protect myself and family. This guy could have had a weapon & I would have been screwed.

We have met the nicest and most helpfull people in the "gun community" at the range, gun shows and shops. Its given my wife and I somthing to do together. we are looking forward to going to the range Friday. Thanks, Bob
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Old 02-12-2009, 22:14   #536
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When the commie president said "clinging to their guns and religion" I thought I needed to look into this gun thing ! I am 52 and never shot a handgun before. I took a private lesson from the local firearms instructor at the range, liked it, & my wife and I took the ccp class, I bought a Glock 19, and I am waiting for my paperwork to come through on the cc.
Also there is an increasing number of home invasions, hold ups, ect. One evening we were approached by a very aggressive panhandler when leaving a restrauant, this was not in a dark alley -it was on main street in a snazzy town- and I am 6' 2" 200 lbs and in good shape, I know I"m old but this was bold by any standard. It hit me these bad guys are nuts and anything could happen anytime and I need to protect myself and family. This guy could have had a weapon & I would have been screwed.

We have met the nicest and most helpfull people in the "gun community" at the range, gun shows and shops. Its given my wife and I somthing to do together. we are looking forward to going to the range Friday. Thanks, Bob
Well stated, Bob! You made the right decision (along with your wife).

Excellent choice on the G19 by the way. I use that as my carry piece too.
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Old 02-12-2009, 22:30   #537
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The world seems to be going crazy.
I went to buy 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition this week. Homestead, Kendall and Hialeah Wal-Marts were all out of 9mm, only a little 40 available. Finally bought 2K of 9 @ bass pro in Doral, I got the last 2K of bulk packs.

In the last month I have taken two newbies to the range (co-workers) and have made plans to go with an orthopedic surgeon I am friends with. I never though him to be the type to have any interest in CCW or buying a handgun. I am all for helping those who have never shot before. The more firearms owners we have, the more the politicians fear us.

Obama seems to be the biggest gun salesman ever!

Anyone else having problems finding ammunition? I have NEVER not found WWB 9mm or 40 at wal-mart before.

Hard time coming!
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Old 02-14-2009, 00:59   #538
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There were a couple moments that were important:

I was out dancing at a bar, think it was called The Jug, and this girl I met named Linda. Then in walked a man, with a gun in his hand and he was looking for, well, you know who. He made fun of my blonde hair and told me that was his woman there, he does in fact care, and this might be all for me.
Well I was scared, and pretty much just shaking, as he was big and mean, big and bad, and pointing his gun at ME! So I explained to him, wait a minute sir, I didn't even kiss her, so I asked if he could allow me one favor. I figured if I had a short head start, maybe only a few steps, that would be the last he would see of my. But I can tell you, after staring down that big hole in the barrel (it had to be a .44), they could hear me screaming from a mile away as I ran for the door.


The second time, I met a few people that seemed nice. One was an actress, one a college professor, one a pretty simple farm girl, and a well-to-do elderly couple. We decided to take a little boat ride outside the harbor with the ship's captain and first mate, and it was only supposed to be a 3 hour tour.
A three hour tour.
I can't go into the details, but it wasn't for the actions of the fearless crew, the boat would be lost. Thank Gawd everyone packed dozens of changes of clothes and neverending batteries to power the radio.

We did get to meet the Harlem Globetrotters, though.



I thought the fist one was serious, so I was driving home today and heard skynyrd and was listening to the words and I was like, "that motor boatin sum *****". Hahaha
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:05   #539
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:15   #540
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Picked up my CCW soon after starting work building a commercial office. Office was stripped of all copper in the building stages and I found myself spending many late nights over there just sitting I own a business where I often stay late into the wee hours of the morning finishing paperwork, and there is a ghetto section 8 apartment complex just a stones throw away.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:22   #541
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I've been facinated by firearms since age 5.

Grew up around them. I like to have a gun close by as much as possible...so it was just a natural thing.
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:42   #542
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Defining Moments - What made YOU decide to CCW?

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I copied this to its own thread in Carry Issues. It is a good story about how wrong things get. - RussP
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In 2004 we had a stalker. We took him to court and he was ordered to stay away. Kept getting calls. Changed our phone # to unlisted. Managed to get into our garage, called his own cell phone from our garage phone and had our # again. I ordered a G19 from an online dealer and hoped I could protect the wife and daughter. At 5:45am on 9/1/2004 I was 30 minutes from the house and he broke in. My daughter called my cell in absolute terror telling me he was breaking in the back door. I will never forget that call and can replay it live in my head. I got her to hang up and call 911 at the same time I did. Got to the house in about 20 minutes and it was over. The police were there and actually told me that most of the time they were nothing more than historians.

He got in and my wife fought. They struggled in the hallway by the kitchen and into the garage. He was trying to drag her out. My 16 year old daughter was trying to stab him with a steak knife. She was knocked into the wall and the fight wound up in the yard. He picked up my wife and carried her out of the garage. She was kicking and screaming. They fell and he started dragging her. She is in social services and was taught to fight and not to stand if pulled upon. Fall down. She did just that. She realised he was trying to get her away from the house and figured he was taking her to a car. She fought like a maniac. Lights started coming on and he finally panicked and ran. Swat caught him later and took him to jail. 7 months later he plea bargained and got 8 years. He is in Moore Haven Correctional Facility till 7/18/2011. In Florida you have to serve, I believe, 95% of your sentence.

In 10/2004 I got my CHL. I practice, have joined defensive handgun groups (I recommend this to all) and absolutely dread 7/18/2011. I hope he stays away.

You never get over this. As an aftermath, when I'm out of town she sits with a 442. I carry always. I now own 4 glocks, a 12 guage, a PM9, a 642, a 442, an AR15 and a Sub2000 (for camping). We also have a taser and all have pepper spray. I leave the house, stop and scan my surroundings. I look over my shoulder when I walk in parking lots. I wonder if I will be up to the task if needed. I preach safety to my now 21 year old daughter. Look in your car before you get in, look in a store before you go in, don't walk close to parked cars and watch them as you pass, be aware, be aware, be aware. Her fiance mailed off his application for his CHL the other day. The wife got her CHL this year and now I have to get her carrying before 2011. You wonder what friends he has made in prison. Are they out to do him a favor.

These guys will always be criminals. We wander through life in a bliss. They are always plotting and exploiting weakness. They are deviats as you can not imagine. Unfortunately the victims will always suffer as victims. When the crime is over the nightmares go on. As men, we must protect our families. And if we are not there they must be able to protect themselves.

Oh, and all of the above happened in minutes.

And this is why I read Glock Talk. It helps me feel more prepared and less inadequate.

Sorry, I got a little carried away. Wild story, huh? It is my why.

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Old 02-18-2009, 21:23   #543
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During my junior year of high school, for our final English project, we had to take a position on an issue and defend it with an exhaustively researched paper. I chose gun control (broadly) and concealed carry (specifically). After reading many books, articles, etc. on the subject, I came to the conclusion that concealed carry is extremely beneficial to the crime rate. The crime rate tends to have an inverse relationship to the carry rate. Therefore, I feel I have a civic duty to carry, and I will be getting my carry permit the second that I am able (still 20).
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:06   #544
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First of all, thanks for posting this thread question. This would be a good thread for anti-gunners to read to get more insight into what makes us CCWers tick. My intro to guns: I was a weatherman on hurricane missions in the Air Force and had to carry a S&W snubby under my arm pit in case anyone wanted to highjack the weather planes I flew on. I went to the firing range once and sort of enjoyed shooting at targets. But when I left the service at age 22, I didn't care about guns. In fact, I thought that anyone who carried one that wasn't required to carry one might have a screw loose or be paranoid, or whatever. I more or less held this thought until I was about 50, though I was never against peoples' right to arm themselves. I lived in metro areas most of my life and had the false sense of security that some folks get from seeing uniformed police officers on the streets. I wound up getting sick of living in the city, sold my condo, and prepared to move to a rural area. Oddly enough, I immediately told myself that I should get a gun for my home when I moved. The notion that cops weren't going to be all around the place caused me to think a gun would now be a good thing. Pretty hypocritical on my part to go from thinking people who carried were wacky to thinking very matter of factly that I ought to get a gun for living in the sticks. I knew I wasn't going to arm myself until I trained with semi-autos of all sizes, shotguns and even revolvers, although I'd had a little experience (one days shooting to qualify) with one in the Air Force. I believed then as I believe now that people who do exercise their 2nd Amendment Rights but refuse to educate and or train with the weapons they'll be harboring are part of the reason anti-gunners have viable arguments at times. I digress. After living in the sticks for about six months, a woman and her daughter were shot execution style on a trail in the county I moved to. I live in an area where there are trails and everytime I've ever walked them, I always thought about how easy it would be for someone to do something stupid to another person and get away with it. I especially thought about this after hearing about the woman and her daughter who were executed while hiking. The case was never solved. That was the incident that reminded me that I ought to get a gun. But now I was thinking CCW versus just a gun for my home. About six months more went buy and I lost the home I'd just purchased in a flood. The river rerouted near where I lived, took my home and my neighbor's home, and left about a dozen of my neighbors with riverfront property that we'd never asked for. The chances of what happened happening were very slim. The people who lived near me preferred it because it was somewhat close, but much further than other neighbors from the river. It had flooded before many times over the years and the homes in my area were just fine. I felt totally violated. I'd made a prudent decision when buying the home, but the river changed course freakishly and did what no one around here would have expected. Just as someone can be walking on a trail on a beautiful day and out of the blue comes some nutjob and executes them. So, it was the combination of 1) Moving to a rural area. 2) Hearing a horrible news flash about two innocent women being executed on a trail in the same county I lived and hiked in. 3) Being the victim of something catastrophic and unprecendented in my immediate area (raped by Mother Nature), which resulted in feelings of extreme vulnerability; I think this is what really tipped the scales for me, losing everything without any fault of my own or taking any forseeable risk. There was nothing I could do to control the events that happened suddenly to me. I'm sure victims of random stabbings or shootings feel the same way. I also believe that being over the age of 50 may have had something to do with my decision for CCW. When I was younger, I felt a lot tougher and like less of a target, I guess. After the flood, I then hopped online and started learning everything I could about the guns available today and which ones might be right for me. A younger aquaintence of mine had just retired from special forces and he told me in no uncertain terms to get a shotgun and a Glock 19. I enrolled in a great basic gun training class for 150 bucks and bought a Glock 19, a Smith & Wesson stainless snubby, and a Remington LE Shotgun. I carry daily and I fire ALL my weapons just up the road in an area where people do so into the side of a hill. I practice drawing and shooting whenever I want without paying for a shooting range, or having to inhale the fumes as one has to at an indoor range. Rural life is nice that way. Having lived out here for 3 years now, 2 of those years with guns, I laugh at myself for thinking guns are less necessary in metro areas. If anything, the opposite is probably true. A friend of mine in the big city thinks I'm a nut now and can't figure out why I pack my guns into the city. "Because this is where the real crime is," I tell him. Then I tell him that there's a lot of highway between the city and where I live and if I break down on the side of the road, guns and cell phones are good things. LOL. This from a guy who used to think CCWers were goofy. In addition to carrying guns I now even wear or display one of these pro-gun t-shirts and bumperstickers that I got at Lawfirm1, Lawfirm2 and Lawfirm3 LOL again.
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I went to buy 9mm and .40 S&W ammunition this week. Homestead, Kendall and Hialeah Wal-Marts were all out of 9mm, only a little 40 available. Finally bought 2K of 9 @ bass pro in Doral, I got the last 2K of bulk packs.

In the last month I have taken two newbies to the range (co-workers) and have made plans to go with an orthopedic surgeon I am friends with. I never though him to be the type to have any interest in CCW or buying a handgun. I am all for helping those who have never shot before. The more firearms owners we have, the more the politicians fear us.

Obama seems to be the biggest gun salesman ever!

Anyone else having problems finding ammunition? I have NEVER not found WWB 9mm or 40 at wal-mart before.

Hard time coming!
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My local wal-mart is out. The one near my folks in Northern Michigan was well stocked at least. I wish I would have bought a case.
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I got my just mine for home defense and target never intended to carry out side.
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Old 02-23-2009, 13:36   #548
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1. Avoids any debate/confusion while traveling with my gun.
2. "Looks" better in case I ever have to use my gun.
3. Most importantly, I decided that my personal safety is my responsibility alone. Like I read in another thread, you can't fit a cop in your pocket.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:02   #549
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Several years ago, an employee that lost it on an out of town job and was terminated, triggered the desire to obtain mine. This former employee got really paranoid and thought other co-workers were out to get him. So much so that he wouldn't come out of his hotel room and later threatened the job site supervisor with a knife. He knew where I lived and had been to my house. Needless to say, I pursued and obtained my CCW shortly there after.
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For me, it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

I don't feel at high risk. There are softer targets out there but when it is your time to dance, you better be ready.

Some people will go their entire life and never need a gun, some will need it several times in their life. I hope to be in the group that never needs it but I just don't know for sure.
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