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Old 12-10-2010, 16:32   #821
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I posted this Edit on my Original Post to this thread yesterday:

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I requested a change to the thread's name, and I've decided to add something to this OP to better clarify the thread's intent.

There are dozens of threads, if not hundreds, with the subject "Why I/you/we CCW"...which is why I started this thread in the first place: to ask specifically about "Defining Moments" that you may have had, which led you to the decision to CCW. I haven't kept track of exact numbers, but a considerable portion of the posts -- particularly those more recent -- have been along the lines of "I CCW because..." which doesn't fit the thread's intent.

I'm not trying to play Moderator here, nor am I criticizing those who've posted "Why I Carry" responses to this thread; I'm simply wanting to remind folks that this thread is meant to be different from those "Why I Carry" threads.

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Old 12-10-2010, 20:40   #822
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I am a survivor of a violent rape. The sub-human who attacked me was coming up eligible to see the parole board and he had promised me when he got out of prison, I was dead.

I have 2 kids to protect, so I took the class, got my CCW, bought my first gun and went into some extreme training courses to make sure I was prepared no matter what the situation.

I now own a .44 special (charter arms/bulldog), 2 .45s (a glock 30, and a ruger P345), a 9mm and a .25 (both astras).

I am waiting for my CCW to be issued in the new state...I was previously permitted in Colorado.
This is still mostly true except I now carry a Glock30, and I sold the 9mm. I have my new CCW for MN and the non-resident from PA. The creep had another parole hearing and was thankfully denied...but it's alway close. Every 3 years I get to beg for them to understand why he shouldn't be released...he is a 5 time felon, the attack on me was his 5th felony conviction...how many did he do that he wasn't caught for? I am NEVER without...from the moment I put on my clothes in the morning until I lay down at night...and then it's beside me.
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Old 12-10-2010, 23:00   #823
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I have several reasons why I carry a gun.

1. On my 18th instead of buying cigarettes and lottery tickets I applied for a CCP. I also joined the United States Army.

2. After getting out of the Army I felt like something was missing... a gun filled that void.

3. After working in the capital city of my state on the East side of it aka the worst part of the city I never wanted to return without a weapon. Especially, after working 5 to 6 shootings in a shift and having some thugs point loaded AK's at my truck.
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Old 12-10-2010, 23:08   #824
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Three reasons from most to least important why I carry (off duty):

1) I refuse to be a victim

2) I don't want to be recognized and targeted in Walmart off duty

3) I have a soft spot for protecting women Yes.. ladies first
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Old 12-12-2010, 02:05   #825
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Why I carry

First I wanted to apologize for previous reply's that were off topic, I just got my membership and still learning the lay of the land.

NE ways I first decided or should I say made a concious decision to CCW carry (off duty) when there were several break-ins in my neighborhood, cars, homes etc. I also do not want to be noticed as an off duty LEO and be targeted unprepared. I finally have talked my wife into CC and am in the process of buying her a firearm. After much research on my part via internet, news stories, I have made a pretty good case to her on the importance of carrying a gun whether concealed or open. I think the most persuasive context came in the form of her protecting our children when I am not present. I also am concerned about the fact that addresses and personal info are readily available online to anyone who wants to look, as a personal practice I don't answer the door without having an insurance plan on my person ie (XD subcompact or G22). Of course I also have a back-up plan and a back-up to the back-up plan.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:50   #826
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Like I've said before (not sure if I posted on this thread before), I came from a country where only the cops and criminals carry guns. It also happens to be one of the most dangerous countries in the world, go figure. So when I got here, I wanted to make sure I never felt helpless again, so I took it upon myself to defend my family and myself.
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Old 12-28-2010, 07:19   #827
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simply put.....because i love my family, because i live in america, and because i can...
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Old 12-28-2010, 20:46   #828
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This year, I started really thinking about what all has happened to my immediate family (my mother and father, that is). over the years.

When I was a baby, we were the victims of a home invasion. A man busted through the front door (this was a mobile home in 1969) and claimed he was being kidnapped. Then, up followed two other men (those were the ones the first man was claiming was trying to kidnap him) stating that he was drunk/high and was out of control; whom they were trying to get home. My mom scooped me up and ran me to the back bedroom and hid me underneath the bed covers, and grabbed dad's .22 High Standard--with one problem--she couldn't find any rounds. Ok... so she comes out, with the wheelgun and points it right at the first guy and orders him to leave. Ultimately, the men left. When dad went to clear the gun, he discovered it was empty and he just about passed out.

Second, my dad was robbed by some junkie with a switchblade knife early one morning while dad was waiting for his truck to be loaded with his day's deliveries.

Luckily, the guy(s) just wanted the money and tossed dad back his wallet and ran.

I am fortunate to say I have not been robbed or jumped in any way (yet). I have practiced Taekwondo for 18 years now and, hoped that was enough. Boy, who was I kidding? Well, up until now, I just thought that I would need some lofty reason to get a carry permit; that it would be more trouble than it was worth, until my dad got one. Even then, I just sat on arse and did nothing.

Then, this summer-late, I just decided to go for it. That was this last September, and I haven't looked back since.
I'm not looking for any trouble, just trying to take the nessesary steps to protect myself and my family, should similar events one day find us, too.
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Old 12-28-2010, 21:05   #829
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I was car jacked at gunpoint with my wife and 2 children in the car.
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Old 12-29-2010, 23:42   #830
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Because I turned 21 and that is when I could legally carry...

My step-dad has been carrying for many years, so I guess it was just natural that I followed suit!
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Old 12-30-2010, 23:18   #831
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I don't have a CCW permit for OH where I currently live, but am planning to get one whithin the next few months. I had one for NY where I live previously. I'm seldom in a place where I feel the need to carry, but have had a couple instances where it would have been nice to have. I live in a good area with almost no crime, but one can't plan for being the rare victim, and that's why I want to carry. I'm responsible for the protection of my self and family and that's the bottom line.
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Old 01-01-2011, 08:22   #832
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My decision

I started carrying on my person when I began my career as a Correction Officer in 1990. Living in Florida most of my life, I've kept a gun in my car on a daily basis. That is legal in Florida as long as it is in a holster and not touching any person. Since I've been in the Corrections business, I've encountered dozens of my former inmates while off duty. Factor in today's threats from religious zealots and every day predators, I am nearly always armed.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:23   #833
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I started carrying on my person when I began my career as a Correction Officer in 1990. Living in Florida most of my life, I've kept a gun in my car on a daily basis. That is legal in Florida as long as it is in a holster and not touching any person. Since I've been in the Corrections business, I've encountered dozens of my former inmates while off duty. Factor in today's threats from religious zealots and every day predators, I am nearly always armed.
I'm retired from Corrections and have had similar experience. I think I can say I fully understand and I carry daily.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:15   #834
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My brother-in-law was closing up the Walgreen's store where he is the manager, when a young punk came up behind him and put a gun to his head. He was forced to go inside, unlock the safe, give the punk all the money- all while on his knees and begging for his life. The punk told said he knew my bro-in-law had kids and that he didn't care- he'd kill him if didn't stop fumbling with the lock. Only by luck and willpower was he able to stop shaking enough to open it. The punk took the money and let him live. When I saw him that night he grabbed me, gave me a hug, and said, "I thought I would never see you again."

I carry everywhere. Taking out the garbage. Walking the dog. Cleaning the gutters. Mowing the lawn. Running outside in my pajamas to get the mail.

On that day, evil showed that it doesn't care if you are an awesome father, a truly nice person, and a great brother. Evil will take your life if you aren't prepared to stop it.

That's one of the moments that made me a believer in CCW.
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Old 01-14-2011, 19:05   #835
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My brother-in-law was closing up the Walgreen's store where he is the manager, when a young punk came up behind him and put a gun to his head. He was forced to go inside, unlock the safe, give the punk all the money- all while on his knees and begging for his life. The punk told said he knew my bro-in-law had kids and that he didn't care- he'd kill him if didn't stop fumbling with the lock. Only by luck and willpower was he able to stop shaking enough to open it. The punk took the money and let him live. When I saw him that night he grabbed me, gave me a hug, and said, "I thought I would never see you again."

I carry everywhere. Taking out the garbage. Walking the dog. Cleaning the gutters. Mowing the lawn. Running outside in my pajamas to get the mail.

On that day, evil showed that it doesn't care if you are an awesome father, a truly nice person, and a great brother. Evil will take your life if you aren't prepared to stop it.

That's one of the moments that made me a believer in CCW.
Does your brother-in-law CCW now in the aftermath of this?
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Old 01-15-2011, 01:54   #836
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I hope so. He's not a GT'er though.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:11   #837
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When I know that all the bad guys have guns and no permit. And most of the good guys have guns... some with permit, some without. So many people are packing and they are all around me. Then, why should I not get one, too. Thus, I believe it was to get a CCW so that I can at least have something legal to say that I am allowed to carry. Of course my 12 gauge at home make me feel better, too.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:33   #838
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I am a member of a popular RVing forum and their philosophy seems to be mainly... I keep safe by keeping aware of what's going on around me. To which I responded, that's what I thought until I had a revolver stuck in my nose just outside of Disney in Orlando; and had an attempted home invasion at 3 a.m. by two druggies with guns who were trying to pry open my front door although the alarm was going and the lights were flashing.... and the doors were HALF GLASS.

My words to the 911 operator? "Sweetheart, if these guys come through my door and enter my home uninvited at 3 a.m. they are leaving it one way and one way only and that is feet first". The LEO's arrived just in time to take them down at gunpoint (we are talking HEAVY gunpoint here). I would not have hesitated for one second to take them out - the blood spatter would have been on the inside of my hallway. Case closed.

More importantly than "when did you start carrying and why" would be "what are your rules of engagement, do you practice them and are you prepared to carry them out?". I my case, they are very clear cut. As Ayoob says "If I am in fear of imminent grievous personal harm or death to myself or my loved ones (I am entitled to use lethal force)" my rules of engagement have been reached and I, by practice, would not hesitate for one fraction of a second in stopping the assault/threat. Once the threat is stopped, you MUST be prepared to stop or face the consequences of your actions.

I practice regularly, play IPSC and am ready at all times to protect what I hold dear.

When did I decide to start carrying? The very first time that my life was directly threatened and I had no recourse and no gun. I will not visit Florida again until they recognize non-resident permits.
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:27   #839
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When I was about 5, my parents were victims of an attempted mugging in a parking garage.

A few years later my mom was robbed of her purse and jewelry in the hallway of our local mall.

I stopped an attempted home invasion while visiting my parents - but was only carrying because I was test-driving how my buddy's G23 felt, that he was trying to sell me (it would be my first Glock). It not only made my decision, but changed my entire family's decision (brother, sister in law, etc) who were all anti's until that day. They demanded that I leave my gun in the car, which I obviously refused. After I chased off the BG who was kicking at their front door, the first words out of their mouths was "where's your gun?"
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:52   #840
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I like what a previous poster said which was:

A gentleman should carry a loaded gun.

I am in my 26th year of a Law Enforcment career. I have had contact with thousands of people and arrested and put lots of people in jail . I have sent people to prison for years and I know sometime they are going to get out. (Some won't ever but I worry about thier friends)

We live in a dangerous time in a very dangerous world. If you are not prepared you are letting yourself and your friends and family down .
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