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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. Great Googly Moogly

    Great Googly Moogly Shiek Yerbouti

    Jul 15, 2010
    Uncle Bernies Farm
    By the time the law was passed, I had grown tired of carrying rifles and shotguns around.
  2. When Ky passed it CCDW law and I travel back and forth to Nashville 3-4 times per week.

  3. MrSmoofy


    Jul 16, 2008
    Tallahassee, FL
    In 9th grade I had a gun put to my head during lunch and was told to give up my lunch money which back then wasn't much only a couple of dollars. It turned out it was a starter pistol (but could of been made into a real gun from what I was told).

    Every since then it's been in the back of my mind. Then my sister in law's significant other grew up having guns and hunting and showed me his Glock and started teaching my about guns and I now have a G19 and a G27 and my wife has a hamerless 38 special.

    I now have my FL, UT, and TN permits and as soon as I figure out what's going to be the best IWB holster I will start carrying.
  4. speedseeker


    Feb 5, 2010
    Not interested in thread jacking but wanted to take advantage of the opportunity...

    Curious, did you notify the LEO's that you were armed or did you keep that private? I know some states require notification while others do not.

    If you would lke me to move this to another discussion please let me know.
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2010
  5. Lady Glock

    Lady Glock

    May 4, 2008
    I have been involved with police at least 4 times while armed.

    1 traffic stop, I informed, they said thank you, stay in the vehicle...and gave me a warning.

    1 traffic stop, I informed, was told thank you, stay in the a ticket for no seat belt.

    1 traffic stop, I informed, was told thank you, stay in the a warning.

    1 time I called police for a business trying to give me a gross motel room and refusing my money back. I told the police I was armed, they said they figured I was by the looks of the bumper sticker I had on my van. Thank you for telling them. They looked at the room, told the manager they would help me make a complaint to the health and safety department...he gave me my money back and I was on my way after getting suggestions for a better motel from the police.
  6. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    I was born in, and lived in Chicago for 24 years. . .

    Moved out of Chicago. . .
    Moved out of Illinois. . .
  7. Frameman

    Frameman USMC !968/1970

    Apr 21, 2010
    SW- Ohio
    Liberals and becoming a senior citizen. I'm too old to box and can't run fast anymore but can't bring myself to back down from a fight.
  8. G21ACPBeliever


    Jun 8, 2010
    I grew up in a place where most could argue successfully that a personal safety firearm was and still is unnecesary, however when the town I grew up in was mentioned in a major periodical as "the safest place to live in the state. Where people rarely lock their doors." Dad said, "Time to start locking our doors!" Before I moved to the beautiful state of FL I had never heard of a "home invasion" met anyone or knew of anyone that had been carjacked. Where I came from the crime is well organized and the high majority of criminals have no interest in "random" violence. (they're smart enough to know there's no $$$$ in it)
    As a bouncer in FL I began to notice that people in the club were rather polite, the reality being that there were people around with guns and you didn't want to piss anyone off and get shot.
    While coming home from my real estate job one day I may have (if I did I never even saw him) cut off this guy in an suv. At the next light he (50+ yrs old) jumped out, marched up to my car and began violently pulling my doorhandle & pounding on my window, acting like a complete maniac. I could see that he had a holstered firearm and that was when I went deaf. The top was flipped back on my Jeep and I realized that he could break the window, climb over the top of my car and start swatting me if he wished and draw and shoot me in an instant. My reaction was to loudly in a definite calm and dead serious voice tell this maniac that I was a LEO and that If he did not return to his vehicle he would force me to place him under arrest. He spit on my window shouted " *$%#@ Pig!" and returned to his vehicle. My bluff worked (i'm athletically built late 20's and most people assume I'm a policeman without knowing me) but after realizing the weight of the situation all I had to defend myself was my presentation and if need be my hands. This incident completely shook me.
    I told my Dad the story & he told me that when he transferred down to warm sunny FL the company he worked for REQUIRED him to get his cwp and to carry on the job. Their rationale was that "anything can happen in the remote stretches of this great state and it's better to be well prepared than dead."
    Thinking about the possibilities of meeting another embodiment of my "psychotic friend" if broken down on a remote FL road or late at night at a gas station made me decide that I'd rather have the best means of preservation at my full disposal in the moment of certain decision than not.
    "Better to have and not need than to need and have not."
  9. Pecos Bill

    Pecos Bill

    Aug 20, 2010
    West Michigan
    Talked about it because buying guns was getting to be a hassle. (Got 4 since my permit) The issue that put me over the edge was 1/2 mile away two guys killed the store owner and were hiding in my neighborhood. Now, I carry it always.
  10. simmonsjoe

    simmonsjoe I Open Carry

    Jul 22, 2010
    West Point, VA
    I was delivering Pizza and two guys attempted to strong arm rob me. I fought them off but decided to start carrying my Taurus CIA .38.

    Two weeks or so later, two guys tried to rob me. One stuck a gun in my face. I shot him twice in the chest.

    I don't know for sure, but I think it was the same two guys. I found out later their was another delivery driver who spent a couple weeks in intensive care because they beat him so badly.
  11. Tazz10m

    Tazz10m Mod Aerator Moderator Millennium Member

    WAY too many "close calls" with criminals and WAY too many reports of criminals shooting people in the LA area. Good think i decided to carry... first, the LA Riots hit... and then a week later i got shot at by a 16-17 year old kid (gang punk). Buuut... "lucky" for me i just happened to have a G20 on me. Guess who won?
  12. Melissa5


    Feb 4, 2010
    NE Georgia
    I haven't read all 33 pages of this thread, so I'm sure someone has already said it. OBAMA & the liberals. That's why I bought my first gun and started to carry.
  13. mtrboatinSOB


    May 22, 2010
    Dothan, AL
    Death threat from a parolee who had a voluntary manslaughter charge because a former roommate of his stole a $2 hanes undershirt from him... Beat him to death with his bare hands. Spotted him at the park with my family before he spotted me and left... Thought later 'what would have happened to my family and I if he spotted me first?'
  14. John Biltz

    John Biltz

    Jul 27, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    I got a CCW on the assumption that if I ever needed to carry, it would be a better idea to already have one rather than spending weeks getting one when I needed one now. I didn't use it. Then my elderly next door neighbor's son came to live with her. Convicted rapist about my age in his 50s who had managed to spend most of his life in jail with gang connections. There were always people over there. I'd hear conversations as they went by my place like "you got the bolt cutters?" So I started carrying. He went back to jail and she got foreclosed and life returned to normal but I kept carrying.
  15. Mydnyt

    Mydnyt DUBLTAP

    Aug 21, 2010
    Chesterfield, MI
    I grew up with a father that took me hunting and shooting, so guns have always been a part of my life.

    Back in '04, after leaving an afternoon shift at the local auto plant, I was traveling the speed limit and had a vehicle riding close enough to my rear bumper that I could see the 4 teenagers inside with some resonable detail. I tried the "brake check" technique to get them to back off, but instead they followed me to my residential street. Instead of stopping at my home, I drive to the corner gas station. I tried to enter the station to call the police, but the 4 "boys" got out of their vehicle and the gas station clerk decided to lock me outside with them.

    Now, I'm a relatively large guy, and I have plenty of martial arts training, but it did little good against 4 drunken teenagers. I was able to get plate # and descriptions of the 4, and they all paid for that night with some jail time, but it took me 12 weeks to fully recover from the incident. This was the point where I finally decided that I was going to get my CPL.

    The event that SEALED the deal was when my wife announced a few months later that she was pregnant. I now had a MUCH more important reason to be sure that I was able to protect both myself, AND my family!!!

    I now work in a profession that requires that I carry a sidearm, and train fairly regularly so that I am now much more comfortable with my weapons. I look forward to living to a ripe old age, and never having to fire my weapon for any reason other than target practice. However, I am confident that if anyone chooses to interfere with my plan, I will be able to react accordingly.

    I was once asked the question, "Why do you need to carry a gun?"

    My response was, "Love!! I love my family, I love my life, and I love my God!! It's my responsibility to protect the first, my desire to protect the second, and I'm in NO HURRY to meet the last!!" ~~ 'Nuff said!!!!!

    GOD BLESS!!!
  16. Barnesrl

    Barnesrl NRA Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    NW Ohio
  17. Homechicken


    Jan 31, 2005
    The area I grew up in and lived in until about 12 years ago was great when I was a kid. Almost all single family neighborhoods, there were only 2 apartment complexes within 3 or 4 miles. There was hardly ever any crime except for a rare burglary, usually kids skipping school breaking in while people were at work. That slowly changed as more apartments were built. When we finally left, murders, rapes, burglaries and other crime had become commonplace. People walked up and down the streets all night carrying on. It got so I didn't even hear or pay attention to the noise any longer. That is until I found out that a woman I'd heard screaming in the middle of the night, and ignored because it was just "business as usual", was screaming because she was being raped in the woods behind our house. About that same time, my cousin was on his way to our house one evening and stopped at the Jiffy-Rip about a 1/4 mile up the road from us. As he pulled into a parking spot in front of the doors, a young kid came running out, he'd just robbed the store clerk of $60, and took a shot at my cousin. The bullet went through the windshield and lodged in the dashboard. Two inches higher and it would have hit my cousin right in the face. I'd carried for a while by this point but never bothered with a permit. A cop friend of mine finally convinced me to get one, just to cover my ass in case I had to use it.
  18. greenamphibious


    Jul 29, 2010
    Tampa, Fl
    Former Marine so I love guns anyway... punk kid across the street got picked up for armed robbery... was let out after 4 months on house arrest. Been arrested twice since and they keep letting him out. Justice system may have failed America, but I won't! Let that little homboy **** with me or my family!
  19. SST2055


    Feb 10, 2010
    After 20 years of active duty and 24 additional years as a civilian employee of the Navy (doing pretty much the same things I did on active duty), I almost felt naked without my Glock when I retired.

    I attended the Florida conceled weapons course (with my wife) and was appropriately licensed (as was my wife).

    I feel fully dressed again.
  20. collegeconservative


    Nov 6, 2009
    When I turned 18 my dad had me get my CHL, all it took was a trip the court house. A little reading later and it was just a logical decision to expand my permits and carry full time.