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Defining Moment(s) that led to your decision to CCW

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Wasatch, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. mselvio


    Oct 30, 2008
    A friend owned a liquor store in Northern Indiana, was robbed at gun point, with a pistol held at his head. I own a small business in the same town. I refuse to be a victim.
  2. Odinsworn


    Jan 7, 2009
    Greater Detoilet

    I think you're cutting people too much slack in times like these. At least in the Detroit area, we're not talking about Jean Val Jean stealing bread to feed his family. We're talking about some random A-hole knocking me over at work so he can sell my EQ to stay comfortable. I might do some desperate things to feed my family, but I'd probably steal food from a store, not car jack someone. I'd be willing to bet most people you'd need to shoot are after money for drugs or luxury items, not things to aid in survival.

    Back to topic, I'm headed towards a CCW because my company has already been robbed for our EQ twice, how long before it happens again?
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2009

  3. davebloomer


    Aug 6, 2008
    I have always wanted to get it because i love guns. I decided to finally get it for a few reasons.

    1) Protect my wife - I couldn't live without her.
    2) protect myself - I don't want my wife to have to live without me.
    3) my wife is very attractive and that often gets attention from scumbags. I know it causes us more danger than if i were alone.
  4. voiceofonelk3


    Dec 15, 2007
    I actually had several different things that caused me to want one.

    The first was that I used to work for a municipal department in a town where no one ever kept their animals chained up. I had been forced into the back of my truck by a pitbull that thought I would taste yummy, so I decided the next time I would have something for him other than my rear end.

    The other time was when I was shopping with my friends and we had someone come up to us asking for money. We told the guy that we didn't have any and we walked away but he kept fallowing us until about 15 feet behind us. We were lucky because we happened to see a police officer not to far away that took care of things for us.

    The last one was when I was actually after I got my carry permit but I think it still applies. I was interning for my criminal justice degree with the local sheriff's dept and had been with an officer a few days prior when he had arrested a man for a list of things including DUI and a suspended license. Well the man who was arrested thought he would seek some sort of revenge by giving me a hard time at work. He stopped by just to let me know that he knew where I lived and worked. He also informed me that he knew how to use a weapon. I informed him on a few things and let the Sheriff's dept know about him.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
  5. Jack22

    Jack22 Silver Member

    What's an EQ?

    I gotta admit that GT was the last place I expected to see a reference to Les Miserables. Nice!

    LMGTEXAS Semper Fi! - TSRA & NRA Life Member, GSSF Member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Because when seconds count, the police are minutes away!

    Nuff said! Learn to defend yourself, don't rely on others!
  7. RioKid


    Jan 11, 2009
    SW Missouri
    I was given my first .22 rifle when I was 8 or 9 y.o. I grew up around guns all my life so there is no defining moment as to when I decided having a gun with me was a good idea. In the 50's and 60's in the rural areas where we lived it was common for folks, even youngsters, to have a gun with them. This was not for SD but was just the way it was. Seems like every pickup truck had a gun rack in the back glass and a handgun on the dash or in the glove box. When I was a junior in HS we put on a play with an Old West theme. Guess what? About a dozen of the actors were outfitted with real gunslinger outfits and real the school house..... for several weeks as we practiced and promoted the play.

    I bought my first handgun when I was 18 or 19 y.o. and had it with me everywhere I went. A fella just never new when he might need to dispose of some varmint such as a snake or a skunk.

    I have always carried a handgun with me on long trips and out of ignorance of the laws, I may have done this illegally in some places. If asked about it now I would have to say that I have no recollection of ever having done such a dreadful thing.:whistling:

    I find it distasteful that I have to have a "permit" to do what is my right and what, until just a few years ago, was the norm for a lot of people. That being said, when concealed carry was passed in our state I was one of the first to get one and will always carry
  8. 21Glocker


    Oct 13, 2008
    My dad is a LEO and i have always been aware of the danger on the streets. I have grown up with guns all my life and the day i turned 21 i took my CCW class and purchased a G26. I don't feel like being a victim, so i feel that it is the least thing i can do to protect myself and my family.
  9. Duskydriver


    Nov 26, 2008
    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!!!
  10. EMPwoman


    Jan 15, 2009
    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?
  11. Odinsworn


    Jan 7, 2009
    Greater Detoilet

    EQ = equipment
  12. advdes45


    Jan 6, 2009
    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.
  13. achysklic


    Jan 26, 2009
    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!
  14. ConroeTxCCW


    Sep 17, 2007
    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.
  15. skelator73


    Jan 22, 2009
    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.


    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. :whistling:

    I signed up for my CCW class today, to the disapproval of my family they see no reason for me to carry a firearm. :upeyes: Pretty sure thats two damn good reasons right there if ya ask me.... Stay safe GT
  16. Crime Dog

    Crime Dog

    Jan 31, 2009
    Ohio 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.
  17. newcc


    Jan 29, 2009
    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
  18. jimmeadows


    Dec 28, 2008
    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.
  19. ssax


    Dec 22, 2008

    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

    HK-N-THE-HOUSE Silver Member

    Feb 14, 2009
    Because we live in a sad world today.