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Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by IndianaMatt, Sep 29, 2012.
I'd be armed if I had to travel to get there. But not when I go inside.
Hell yes. Carried concealed last night at my gfs house with her family for dinner.
Where do robberies happen? Often, on your way to your car. They don't want to pull a gun to get your Bert's Chili while you are eating in the Waffle House. They wait in the parking lot and try to surprise you there.
As for a social event at someone's home, robbing people while they're walking to or from a house is an increasingly popular thug activity.
While this depends on the type of area you are in, I would bet that the probability of needing a gun during any given stroll to or from your car is a lot less likely than having a car wreck during any given car trip.
I think I read that the probability of wrecking when you drive from point A to point B (city to city, or home to grocery store/work/barber) is something like 1/20,000 or so. Very low odds. So low that it is practically zero when you drive a mile to get some milk and cereal; needing a gun on a particular walk is much low, but still, practically zero.
Still, I wear my seatbelt EVERYTIME, no matter how short the trip.
I have met all legal requirements to carry a concealed handgun. There is no provision in the law that I need anyone else's permission, nor do I have to inform anyone that I am carrying, and it will remain well concealed unless it is needed in the direst of emergencies. That kind of settles it for me.
As far as not needing it based on the company I keep, one can never be entirely certain that one is completely in charge of what company one will actually keep. The homes of friends are reasonably secure, but not more secure than mine, and I obviously have handguns available there.
I'm always armed where I'm legally permitted to be. I also avoid all the places that I'm not permitted to be armed unless I have no choice.
I carry everywhere except work(city policy) and the 4 places state law says I can't: LEO offices, jail/detention facilities, courtrooms with court in session, and places of nuisance. Fed property is a given. Other than that, I conceal carry. That's the point of conceal carry, no one knows.
Absolutely! Concealed means concealed.
It's cool when you retire and are no longer under employee rules about carrying at your former workplace.
Never for social occasions. Would if I thought it might be needed, but my friends and business associates just don't pose a risk.
Hopefully none of your friends or associates ever goes thru an ugly separation and the spouse decides to go nutso at one of those gatherings.
There was a video on here of a couple of guys at a social gathering where they were robbed by someone from the outside.
And while I agree with you that I don't expect trouble at social gatherings from my friends and business associates, I also don't suspend my life/health/umbrella/auto insurance when I go on their property, nor do I choose to not wear my seat belt when I am in their vehicles.
Crazy analogy yes. Hopefully you get that very small nugget of a point...
Of course, why wouldn't I?
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I carry all the time. The only times I'm not carrying are when I'm naked. And even then, it's within reach.
I understand your point of view, and don't quarrel with it. I just don't allow the fear (concern, possibility, or whatever one might call the probability of attack) to burden my daily outlook on life, unless I plan to be in unfamiliar surroundings.
My family has been raised and moved on. I usually travel solo, even doing day-to-day errands. I live and travel in a very low crime area. Our friends, family and colleagues are stable, predictable and reliable; none of these folks carry, as far as I know. Thus, I believe my chance of being attacked is too low to warrant concern; if something terrible goes down because I'm not prepared, my bad.
I'm not being cavalier. In my case, I believe my behavior is perfectly realistic.
Heck, I was armed during my wedding vows and reception.
Except in notify states.
I try to carry whenever I can, but there are certain people who I absolutely do not want to know I carry. If there is any chance I'll be in a vehicle with them, I don't carry because of the Notification requirement in Ohio.
Furthermore, we have many, many MANY places where carry is not legal. So depending on where it is going my pistol would spend more time locked up in a safe in my car than on me. In those instances, I don't bother.
Why wouldn't I ?
However the only exception is at my boss' place. It is generally work related; and therefore, work rules apply and so no carry.
Easier to just tell you where I DO NOT carry. I don't carry anywhere I am not allowed to. Everywhere else, is carryland.
I believe it's ludicrous to say a pistol is only necessary in certain situations and with certain people.
If someone were to point out the specific situations and persons, that will threaten my life, I would certainly carry in those situations. However, no one being gifted, and knowing by whom and when, your life may end, means you have to simply be prepared always.
I carry at family events. Not because family is a problem, but because I cannot predict who else may decide to join us. My family has my back, and I trust them to be carrying also. We care for each other.
It has already been stated that criminals are taking advantage of a situation and a perceived weakness in an individual or situation. I consider situations where it doesn't seem threatening, to be ideal places for bad to happen.
Predators don't want a fair fight; they want you incapacitated either by pre-occupation or by force. I don't give them the chance. When you have the least reason to worry; worry, and be vigilant.
If you are going to "die", go on your terms not some thugs.