Originally Posted by PhotoFeller
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.