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Do you carry to social events like dinner with friends, family?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by IndianaMatt, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003

    And I too take no umbrage with your perspective. In life, everything works (theories, a hypothesis, laws) until they don't work. I too work under the theory that by not going to stupid places, and not doing stupid things, and not hanging out with stupid people, I have mitigated my risk of running into society's scourge.

    My gun is for when my theory stops working. :)

  2. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy Silver Member

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
  3. ca survivor

    ca survivor

    Dec 25, 2011
    If I'm wearing pants.....I have a gun and a knife
  4. Orive 8

    Orive 8

    Jun 8, 2004
    Mt. Lebanon, PA
    Yes for me, yes for my wife. EDC for the two of us since 1985.
  5. Clutch Cargo

    Clutch Cargo Amsterdam Haze

    Nov 29, 2010
    In Texas. that could mean the home of a friend or co-worker.
  6. M24C


    Oct 31, 2002
    Yes, ever since I had conceal carry permit.
  7. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I always carry where I can legally carry.
  8. Indianashooter


    Aug 16, 2012
    The only place I don't carry is at work (no gun policy). Even then, it's in the car with me to and from work. Evenings and weekends, excepting when I'm a sleep or in the shower, a guns always on me.
  9. PhotoFeller


    Nov 18, 2010
    SW Florida
    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.
  10. Gallium

    Gallium CLM

    Mar 26, 2003
    If I drank I'd drink two beers to this post! :supergrin:

    Great post sir.

    - G
  11. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    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.
  12. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    This paragraph is a great summation (the rest of the post was good too. :supergrin:) The underlined is spot on! :thumbsup:


  13. Med. Cheese

    Med. Cheese

    Sep 20, 2012
    I drank a beer and a shot of Jameson to PhotoFeller's post.

    And like others, I would and do carry as much as possible. In the case of someone else's home, I guess I'd rather ask forgiveness than permission if, and that's a big if, I was made.

    Cheers from Wisconsin.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2012
  14. Gun Shark

    Gun Shark

    Aug 25, 2005
    Family events at where my cousins will be when in a private dwelling, I usually don't. Parents aren't exactly anti gun, just don't want them around their children(under 10). Whether I agree with it or not doesn't matter. The last thing I need is them asking "What's that?" when hugging me or sitting next to me watching TV. I don't have a pocket gun and can't afford to get one, so for now it is pretty much no, that said if it's a spur of the moment event, I don't leave it in the car. Everywhere else that is legal, yes I do.
  15. Cali-Glock

    Cali-Glock Mountain Man

    Feb 11, 2002
    California Sierra Mnts
  16. Rex G

    Rex G

    Mar 24, 2003
    SE TX
    Well, yes! (Just saying "yes" was too short of a reply for system to accept.)
  17. SDGlock23

    SDGlock23 Glockoholic

    I always carry something, my pocket gun at the very least which is my Kahr CM40 with extra 6rd mag, need another spare mag.
  18. jaws48


    Apr 7, 2007
    Absolutely...I carry everywhere it is legal to carry. There is no way to anticipate where you might need a side arm.
  19. westy39


    May 30, 2012
    Yes, just my thoughts from the Big Sky Country. Stay safe all and the best to you and yours.