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Old 11-30-2009, 22:05   #621
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AK Shooter, it's a given that the 1911 will always earn bad guys' respect. Although, so will a snubbie, especially when it's up close and clearly personal.
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Old 12-01-2009, 17:29   #622
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My defining moment occurred because more than 1 person was robbed at gun point when I lived in an apartment complex. After the 2nd incident I bought my first Glock, and applied for my carry permit shortly afterwards.
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Old 12-01-2009, 17:30   #623
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Originally Posted by Jonmule View Post
Better to be judged by a jury of 12 than carried by 6. I live in a rural area and the local Sherriff can't keep up with all of the drug related activities.
I live in West Philadelphia. The city's crime rate speaks for itself. There's definitely enough nuts to go around. I'm not going anywhere without carrying in this city.
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Old 12-01-2009, 22:41   #624
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Originally Posted by GlockRock19 View Post


the growing trend is to shoot people anyway even after they give up what the perps want.

This has been happening a lot in S. E. Mich with carjackings.
This is the reason that I am prepared to fight for mine and my family's lifes. I live in Knoxville, TN and a few years a young couple was robbed, kidnapped, raped and killed.

I would rather go out shooting then to have this happen to wife, either daughter or myself.
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Old 12-02-2009, 18:10   #625
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wrong coz

My poor cousin was gone down by a coward in the philippines on a road rage incident - he's lucky he had not pick the right coz.

I started to carry to protect myself from snots like him.
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Old 12-11-2009, 17:38   #626
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No real defining moment, I was raised around firearms. I was given my first firearm at eight and grew up in the days when half the kids in the school had gunracks and a rifle hanging in their truck in the school parking lot. When I was in college working third shift in south Memphis, on the advice of a local leo, I started carrying as did all the guys I worked with. When the "shall issue" laws came around I got mine to keep things legal. Can't remember not having one with me.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:56   #627
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Old 12-17-2009, 19:28   #628
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After the Brady bill, I found out I couldn't pass a background check to purchase firearms because of identity theft. The best way I knew to clear my name was to get a CCW permit. It worked great in AZ because that's all you needed to buy and walk out with firearms. KY was a different story until a couple of years ago.
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Old 12-18-2009, 07:39   #629
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I decided to carry a long time ago. When I turned 18, I kept a gun in my car everywhere I went as that was all I could legally do. I turn 21 in about 9 months and 3 weeks and when I do I will be carrying everywhere I legally can.

Oh yeah, getting shot made me realize there's no way in hell I ever want to be in a position to fight for my life and not be able to drop that MF dead. For a few days after I got out of the hospital I was leery of the idea of running towards gunfire if necessary, but that feeling went away soon and made me decide more than ever to carry a gun whenever and wherever I legally can.
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Old 12-20-2009, 17:07   #630
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grown up around guns my whole life. always had a gun handy somewhere. decided to get a CCW when my son was born. Wanted to legally carry anywhere I could take him and protect my family out and about, not just at home.
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Old 12-20-2009, 17:15   #631
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I'll define my reason to actively carry a gun as separate from my decision to physically own one.

I carry because I believe that all men are evil unless saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. That said, the evil nature of the flesh drives these men to murder, steal, rape, pillage, etc. I've decided that I'm going to do everything in my power to prevent that (God willing) and since most of them are armed, well....I guess I will be too.

I've only had a gun actually pointed at me on one occasion: I was on the interstate, coming home from work, and this guy gets road rage on me and pulls a gun. I was unarmed, called the police, and they never showed up. So, I also carry because I know that it's not the police's job to protect my life. It's mine. So I will.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:52   #632
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I was a young college kid in an appartment. This was during the summer, so my roommate was away. I wake up in the middle of the night, right outside the bedroom door is the bathroom. The bathroom light was on. In my groggy state, I think "oh, i guess my roommate is back", a second later, a head pops around the corner to see that I am awake. Instanly, I realize my roommate isnt supposed to be here, and the adrenaline kicks in overdrive. At that time, I didnt own a gun, but grabbed a golf club that was near by. As it turns out, THANKFULLY, the guy took off as soon as he saw I was awake. If he had other intentions, I may not be around today.

Fast forward several years, now married, with young children, I fear a similar event to above could happen at any time, and better to defend my family, and myself with a gun rather then a golf club. I plan to take a CCW class next month, so I can have the proper protection away from home.
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Old 12-28-2009, 21:06   #633
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Great, great question. Very unique.

BRIEF HISTORY: I'm a cop. Been one for 20 years. When I got my badge as a 21 year old kid, the chief threw me the car keys and said, "Don't put your hand on your gun in public and don't talk to girls. Good luck." That was the extent of my field training. What I learned early on, I learned from mentors, Massad Ayoob articles, and the Street Survival series of books. Before that, as a kid, I had extremely limited contact with firearms...nothing more than an occasional Ruger MKIII .22LR or single-shot shotgun.

When I was a teenager in the late 80s, my much-older brother was an Arkansas State Trooper. In those days, I could ride with him. It was then that my eyes started to be open to the ways of the world. I saw death, violent crime, and many things that for a kid of my age, were rare to see.

By the time I became a dispatcher at 19 and a sworn officer at 21, I knew to carry concealed, but I wasn't consistent.

In June, 1997, and November, 1999, my son and daughter arrived and that was it for me. In my home now, a gun is close. Outside my home, a gun is on me 24/7. My loyalty to concealed carry was initially paternal, to be sure. My kids made me smarter...more aware. Now, it's ingrained. I didn't know true love until I held my children, and they will not become victims as long as I have breath...

Strangely, or perhaps it was God's way of looking out for me and my family, my events happened AFTER my kids were born and I always had a gun with me.

EVENT #1: Off-duty at the post office. My son was with me. He was 4 and strapped in a car seat in the back of my Altima. I had a Sig Sauer P220 .45 with me. It was 9PM...too late to be mailing bills but they had to be sent out or risk being delinquent. As I arranged the envelopes in my car, I saw a suspicious male walk up quickly behind my car from the dark. I said to myself, "You've got to be kidding me." He then walked around the side of my car to a point about 30 feet in front of my Altima, then he turned and abruptly came back to my car's driver's side. He had nothing in his hands but he was wearing a thick coat. He knocked on my driver's side window and wanted me to roll it down. Pandhandler? Maybe, but I wasn't going to risk my son's safety. That Altima was brand new, and for all I knew, he was going to carjack me and drive off with my son. That wasn't about to happen, so, I reached for my Sig .45 and in no uncertain terms told him to get lost. He unquestionably saw my right hand and where it was. He actually became ANGRY, cursed, and walked away behind the post office. In hindsight, though he was on us VERY FAST, I would've tried to drive away, but having my Sig .45 at the ready reinforced what I already knew about being forever armed.

EVENT #2: During late 2002, I took my wife, mother, and children to a nearby town in very rural Arkansas to eat a steak. While on the way back home, an older Chevy pickup truck drove up on us very quickly and out of nowhere. I could make out 3 men in the pickup. They would speed up, slow down, and get to within 2-3 feet of my bumper. I thought they were preparing to pit us. I was carrying a Browning Hi Power in an inside-the-waistband holster (I was much thinner then) with 1 spare magazine in a jacket pocket. At one point, I slowed down and eased onto the shoulder to let the truck go around. It stayed behind us. As I recall, this is the point where I finally got scared. Before this, I just thought it was probably some drunk hicks having fun. I tossed my cell phone to my wife and told her to call 911, and I can remember worrying that I would have to relay all the information to her (highway number, location reference, vehicle description, etc.) when I needed to be concentrating on my driving. Because we were in the middle of nowhere, there was no signal. When she told me we had no signal, I went from scared to mad because my babies were in that car. At one point, I actually considered stopping, turning sideways in the road, getting out of my vehicle, and challenging the @$$holes at gunpoint, but common sense won that battle. I stayed at 55 mph, kept my cool, and prayed for a cell signal. I suppose this finally bored them and they turned off on a gravel road and went the other way. We still called 911 and gave a description of the incident. I never heard anything else from the sheriff's office after that, but again, I would've been able to protect my family because I had a gun.

EVENT #3: I had a mentally-disturbed male try to kick in my apartment door when my son was less than a year old in 1998. As he was kicking, I ran back to my closet, got my old reliable Sig Sauer P220 .45, racked the slide using the rear sight because my son was in my arms, took up a defensive position behind a corner wall, and trained my .45 on the front door. There was no time for 911. I can remember thinking, "When he comes through this door, I'm putting rounds on him whether he has a weapon or not." I was truly, truly ready. As fate would have it, he didn't get in my apartment. He gave up when the deadbolt held. I looked out the peep-hole and say him run to another apartment. I took my boy to the landlord's wife (he loved her), and as the apartment's security officer and an off-duty policeman, I found the suspect already INSIDE the apartment of a young female. He and I had a fist-a-cuffs while waiting on my brother officers. I was mad, and he lost. I held him until an officer got there and took over. I had that Sig P220 with me in a front jeans pocket. Not smart but expedient because I didn't have time to holster up, and after he kicked in that female's door, he had threatened to rape her, so speed was of the essence. I like to think that I saved my son, that girl, and myself that day and I was glad to be so well armed.

My kids are a little older now, but I still protect them everyday with my Glock 19. Thanks for allowing me to share these events with you.
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Old 12-29-2009, 02:00   #634
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Nothing that happened to me personally, but from stuff that has happened where I used to live:

A lady was eating noodles outside a drugstore in broad daylight, when a mentally unstable man began stabbing her with a kitchen knife he just bought from the same drugstore.

She was unarmed and unable to do anything to stop the attack.

A year before that, a man who had been stalking his ex-gf bludgeoned her to death with the butt of a rifle. An elderly man was the only person to try and stop him, and was beaten with the rifle for his troubles.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:04   #635
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I just got a reminder. This guy was terrorizing our upper-middle-class neighborhood in the late seventies/early eighties, and friends of mine were victims.

I can't remember if I posted the same story earlier, but I'm pretty sure I didn't have this link back then.

Sorry I can't copy and paste the text. This is chapter 12 from the book: "The Evil That Men Do: FBI Profiler Roy Hazelwood's Journey into the Minds of Sexual Predators".

He would enter a residence, tie everyone up, then rape the females in front of the males in the house.

His crimes were reported, along with where they were occurring, and the fact that he was "at large".

My entire family was armed against this, and I was only 13 or 14 at the time.
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Old 12-31-2009, 17:34   #636
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I was a machine-gunner in the Corps, and carried a side-arm. Grew up in the military and had been shooting since I was a small child. We were stationed in Alaska, on a remote base (Ft. Greely) and because of the wildlife population, it wasn't uncommon for me, as a teenager, to carry a side-arm when I went out, especially in winter months when the moose and buffalo herds were around. Kind of odd to get used to when we first got there, kids walking around with revolvers.

After the Corps, I went to work as a P.I. in Georgia. Part of my job required me to carry concealed. Got my permit then (1987) and have been carrying ever since. Fortunately, I have never drawn my pistol anywhere but the range. Admittedly, there are several times where it was left to a judgment call.

Most of the people I associate with are Former Marines. Most of us infantry. As much as we are all hardcore, Type-A personalities, I find it interesting that we are much less likely to show any sense of machismo while we are carrying. I think it has something to do with the unspoken knowledge that you can back out of any situation with relative safety, knowing that as a last resort, you have your firearm to fall back on, and so, the need to respond to verbal confrontations is taken away.
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Old 01-01-2010, 23:10   #637
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I had been wanting to do it for years, but hadn't. My neighbor is a state trooper and he told me that he didn't go anywhere without his gun and even carried most of the time in his house and told me I should too. The guy is about 6'4" and huge. I figured if he feels like he needed to then I probably should too. Here in Arkansas if you get stopped for traffic violations you are required to show both your drivers license and CCW permit to the officer. He said he feels a lot more at ease with a permit holder than without because he knows they're being honest. He also said he gives more warnings to CCW holders than non.
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:51   #638
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Feb 2008 my lil brother passed away, he had brugada syndrome
Aug 2008 i went in for tests and i also have this, there is no cure for it. They basically give you a ICD (Internal Cardiovascular Defibrillator) which is similar to a pacemaker.

Because of this i can no fight back in a defense situation. If i take a bad blow to the chest having 3 wires ripped from your heart is not good.... In the Summer 09 i realized this and decided to get my CPL (Mi). As i am a senior in college i can not carry 24/7 but i do every time i can.
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Old 01-12-2010, 21:45   #639
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There was not really a defining moment for me. Aside from the fact that there are bad people out there that will do bad things for the sake of doing them. I figure I should at least try and level the playing field. And its a helluva lot less stressful when I go out hunting and throw a jacket on
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Old 01-16-2010, 17:14   #640
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Ill be ready when or if the time comes and i wont regret it
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