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Old 03-18-2009, 23:11   #521
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I probably shouldn't admit this in an open forum, but I first started carrying after walking up on a drug deal in southern California and running away with a bullet in both legs. The wounds weren't serious, but they hurt plenty and even two hits out of many shots fired was enough for me. The irony being that both were ricochets from the concrete if the debris in the wounds was any indication.

However, it was illegal carry there, as I had no permit, and didn't really even look into getting one after I learned how tough it would be to get one with no "reason" good enough for local authorities. I carried on the premise that I had no plans of breaking any laws, and I would prefer to be incarcerated rather than embalmed. Just having it saved me from death or serious injury, and saved myself and my wife from what might have been a very ugly situation, but I was able to avoid shooting anyone. I don't recommend this to anyone, and while I cannot say I truly regret doing so, I do regret not working harder to do it legally.

Fast forward 12 years to when my daughter was born. I knew about shall issue permits, but had been lazy and not worried about it. But getting to know my little girl made me painfully aware of two things.

#1 Anyone threatening my kids has forfeit all chances of mercy or hesitation from me, and in fact has entered the rarefied territory of people I actively want dead on general and specific principles and for the betterment of the world.

#2 I am willing end the lives(or functional criminal careers) of any number of people who have an intent to harm my family and friends.

After that, I became aware of one other thing.

#3 While I'd rather be in jail than attending or starring in a funeral, if its avoidable I don't want to go to jail for defending those I care about.

Sorry, no big dramatic story, just an increasing awareness of how scary the world can be under the veneer of civilization.
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Old 03-18-2009, 23:31   #522
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I'm in my mid fifties and have 48 years of martial arts experience and 12 years experience carrying a CHL. Martial arts training and one real life knife fight taught me I don't want to be in another knife fight. I got a CHL as soon as Texas offered them.
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Old 03-23-2009, 20:59   #523
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A few times a year I go out to Astronomy Star Parties. Amateur observing is a hobby. I have had knee surgery and cant really run.

One of the events I went to in WV was at the butt end of an hour drive on dirt roads. Some of the locals changed the signs, sent some people off to a dead end and robbed them at gunpoint. Luckily I know how to read a map, and I wasnt one of the victims. I don't need Billy Bob or Cletus telling me to sqeal like a pig.

Was thinking about the CCP for about a year, then the election, decided to get the permit before the laws changed.
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:09   #524
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My sister was on a subway in NYC, and (not smart) she was wearing a gold chain on the outside of her sweater. While the door was open at a stop, a kid on the train grabbed for her chain and also ended up with a hold on her sweater. He did not release it and started to drag her off the subway. The friend she was with grabbed her legs and hung on, or the guy may have pulled her right out the door. The kid finally let go, and ran off. The truly scary thing was other than her friend, no one on the train lifted a finger to help her. Even my liberal sister said she wished she had a gun that day. I have been a gun owner ever since, and carried when I have lived in states that allow it.
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:19   #525
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It's an absurd, dumb story, but it was the kick in the a** I needed to turn in the application for my permit.
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He's focusing on your wallet. If you act quick, you can focus on separating his aorta from his heart.

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Old 04-03-2009, 04:59   #526
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Weak heart, bad hip, being unable to take flight if a bad guy wanted me ass.
It doesn't matter what the Joe on the street thinks, it is who pays the biggest bribes to the electoral college gets elected as President! :crying:
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Old 04-03-2009, 11:31   #527
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Stuff like this that happened today http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/04/03/...ing/index.html
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Old 04-07-2009, 22:59   #528
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I was recently overseas visiting some family in a rather dangerous place. My father in law and brother in law were held at gunpoint, beaten and shallowly stabbed with the tip of a homemade knife-like long blade.
They were then robbed the next week twice with couple of things taken each time. They obviously moved. I thought to myself that ..... I felt unsafe without my g30sf by my side. It's a shame you can't take it to other countries were you might need it even more than in the US.... I have been carrying almost a year now and it has become part of my routine...
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Old 04-10-2009, 19:56   #529
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Just got my CHP. Since I was a kid, I always thought carrying a handgun would be both cool and wise. I put it off for a long time, but the event that lit a fire under me was VTech. I kept thinking about it and other possible scenarios, as well as my young family.

I eventually overcame my anti-gun upbringing and bought a Glock 17, started open carrying, and then applied for my conceal permit. I have no regrets. My gun is a part of me. I just wish I would have bought it and started carrying a lot sooner.
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Old 04-13-2009, 16:18   #530
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more bg than good guys!

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Old 04-13-2009, 16:50   #531
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IMO most smokers believe that only other people get cancer and that only other people become victims of crime. After many years I finally realized it ain't so.
No more roulette for me, I quit smoking and I got my concealed carry permit.

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Old 04-14-2009, 14:33   #532
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I was in the process of buying my first handgun when I found this website. This one thread alone is enough to make anyone want to get his CCW and train in self defense 8 hours a day!
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:57   #533
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Originally Posted by Patronus View Post
Defining Moment
It was around October of 2002. My wife and I were working on starting a family, and my mind was occupied by the responsibilities of a husband and future father.

I read both articles, and it was as if lightning had struck me. Paternal instinct? Maybe so.
I concur Patronus, my wife and daughter ABSOLUTELY contributed to this decision. I would anyway because it's my legal right, but the thought of me not being able to defend them against an armed fool is not something I'd like to consider.

Raise your glasses (and glocks on predators), to well being of our families...
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Old 04-17-2009, 22:21   #534
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:17   #535
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Hurricane Rita evacuation. First time i ever loaded my M4 in my house, then I realized that I couldn't carry - not the M4, but my handguns because I didn't have a carry permit, nor did TX allow car carry back then. Followed my wife all the way through the jam-packed traffic that moved at 1 mile/hour with all my guns locked in cases on my back seat - not a comforting thing, but luckily things did not turn bad.

Got my CHL right after. Another reason was because I am not a citizen and i am always subject to checks when illegals could have just lied on the form.

Didn't carry for a long time and only did some car carry. Then one day 4 of us went to a club which was located at a far end of a very dark and deserted parking lot, far away from all the traffic. The club was terrible - no customers, so we decided to leave. Once we got into my car, a black SUV pulled right behind me and blocked us in. I could only drive forward into the club. For a long time, the SUV just sat there with no light no movement. I went to my gun stored in my console, but realized that i had left it with a gunsmith. I was sweating and was fully expecting some guys to jump out and proceed to rob us. Should that happen, I decided to drive into the club. Luckily, it was a carload of some girls.

Since then, always carried.
I remember that I didn't have mine CHL then and I still carried when we left for Rita. I remember going down a street called cypress wood in North Houston in bumper to bumper stop and go traffic and I looked over and there was a bus of prisoners being transported for the storm. I know I was doing wrong but things were kinda of crazy because every body was freaking out because of how bad Katrina was. I keep thinking back to the bus scene in the Fugitive and it made me feel better I had the full size HK on my side!
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:16   #536
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I grew up in a ghetto, and guns were everywhere. As a kid, they represented power because the guys with power in the neighborhood had them. That began my fascination. I've now had five friends shot and killed, my house has been invaded (kicked in door while I wasn't home), I've been stabbed, and had guns pulled on me several times. I've just seen too many people victimized I guess. I don't carry because I can't in my state, but I damn sure keep a gun by my bedside just in case...even though I don't live in the same areas anymore.
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Old 04-19-2009, 00:33   #537
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Old 04-20-2009, 23:25   #538
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Always had an interest in firearms and picked up my first pistol almost a year ago. Acquired a few more since then, and after the birth of my son decided to get my CHL. I enjoyed target shooting but realized the need for a "just in case" solution. Some of my friends wonder why I want to carry, but I'm happy to be the one person carrying to protect the group.

Took the CHL class with my dad, father in law, grandfather in law, brother in law, cousin in law and his friend. We're starting a family tradition :D
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Old 04-21-2009, 15:37   #539
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No moment really sticks out. I just realized a few things....
1. I'm not nearly as strong as I once was. (I need both shoulders repaired)
2. I'm too out of shape to run (very fast or far anyway).
3. I now have a wife and 2 children to take care of. (MOST IMPORTANT REASON)
4. Bad things happen in good places...Do you ever know when and where?
5. I watch the news and read the newspaper....Some people are just plain ol nuts.
That's about it for me. Really great thread to read, as some of you have had some situations I pray to the good Lord I never see. Take care all, and God Bless.
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Old 04-21-2009, 20:24   #540
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