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  1. Quote Originally Posted by travwadkins View Post
    i carry because it's my right and responsibility to protect myself and my family. I carry concealed because i don't think that everyone needs to see what i am carrying.
    ^^^^^^ this!
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    Because we travel and not all places seem safe.

    Quote Originally Posted by lukem View Post
    Here's an article/question I posted.

    So let's here, why do you carry concealed?
    My wife and I travel by RV 6 or 7 times a year and increasingly more often it seems that the places we go to by groceries, are becoming unsafe. At least with our CCW permits we can provide the means to protect each other as well as our property. In fortunately we have to lock them up in states we do not have permits in but maybe we just need to let the state know that we will not be stopping in their state for their lack of support for the 2nd amendment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by electricman43 View Post
    My wife and I travel by RV 6 or 7 times a year and increasingly more often it seems that the places we go to by groceries, are becoming unsafe. At least with our CCW permits we can provide the means to protect each other as well as our property. In fortunately we have to lock them up in states we do not have permits in but maybe we just need to let the state know that we will not be stopping in their state for their lack of support for the 2nd amendment.
    Darn good idea!!

  5. I carry to protect myself, my wife, and our four daughters as well as protecting other innocent people if needed. More than likely I will go my entire life without so much as having to draw my weapon.....but it's there if I need it. I feel that law abiding citizens who are are willing and able to carry a firearm should do so. When a good percentage of the law-abiding populous is armed, it creates a safer place for everyone to exist.

  6. I carry concealed because I would rather people not know I'm armed. I feel like it gives me the upper hand if the situation goes bad.
    Also I dont worry about if the business has a no guns allowed sign or not, as long as it's not a Federal building. In my state all they can do is ask me to leave anyway so if they dont know, they wont bother me. I know people say dont go where they dont allow my gun but sometimes I end up there while shopping with my wife so it happens. I have no problem with people who open carry if that's what you like it's just not for me.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by BourbonFan View Post
    I would rather people not know I'm armed. I feel like it gives me the upper hand if the situation goes bad.
    I have often wondered about this feeling that people express having. In reality doesn't the firearm only give you the upper hand after you have successfully drawn fast enough for the criminal, who is already watching you, not to detect what is happening and you present the gun and they either retreat or you successfully stop them by shooting? Up until the point where you actually draw the firearm, if the criminal does not stop you from doing so, does the gun, in reality, give you any upper hand at all and, in fact, you are only drawing the gun because you feel like the criminal already has the upper hand by, at a minimum, indicating that they have picked you as a target and are about ready to commence an attack and are already watching you closely? It all seems kind of wild west quick-draw gunslinging to me. Maybe you can explain to me how the mere presence of a firearm that only you know about and has no real value to it until you have successfully used it against a criminal who is about to or has already attacked you causes you to have the upper hand?
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

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    The reason I conceal carry is for 1 reason only... to protect my family or whom I am with at the moment. Being a unarm home invasion victim I felt naked and open then my anger hit and I had to fight because it took the LEO 45 minutes to arrive. I had every right to kill that varmint but I did not. from that time march 14th 2007 @6:30 pm I have always had what was needed.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    I have often wondered about this feeling that people express having. In reality doesn't the firearm only give you the upper hand after you have successfully drawn fast enough for the criminal, who is already watching you, not to detect what is happening and you present the gun and they either retreat or you successfully stop them by shooting? Up until the point where you actually draw the firearm, if the criminal does not stop you from doing so, does the gun, in reality, give you any upper hand at all and, in fact, you are only drawing the gun because you feel like the criminal already has the upper hand by, at a minimum, indicating that they have picked you as a target and are about ready to commence an attack and are already watching you closely? It all seems kind of wild west quick-draw gunslinging to me. Maybe you can explain to me how the mere presence of a firearm that only you know about and has no real value to it until you have successfully used it against a criminal who is about to or has already attacked you causes you to have the upper hand?
    Maybe I'm misreading your post, but it seems you are addressing a narrow group of defense scenarios. For example, say the concealing citizen is in an isle at a convenient store when an armed assailant comes in, scans the place for cops, and then demands money from one of the clerks. When the first clerk panics and doesn't move quickly enough, the robber shoots them point blank and advises the other one to give him the money or they are next. The concealing armed citizen does have the upper hand for their own protection and possibly for the protection of the other clerk/patrons. Because he was concealing, he was dismissed as an immediate threat. With the BG's attention mostly on the prize, the citizen may now very well be able to draw and shoot from cover, preventing further loss of innocent life.

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  10. Quote Originally Posted by RAM1299 View Post
    Maybe I'm misreading your post, but it seems you are addressing a narrow group of defense scenarios.
    My post is addressing just the opposite. I was addressing the much more common criminal attack where the concealed carrier is the selected target. Criminal approaches the person carrying the concealed firearm on the street or in their car, holds a knife or a gun to them and tells them to hand over their wallet or car. Or the convenience store clerk who is carrying concealed on the job gets a knife or gun pointed at them and told to empty the cash register. Or the woman walking out of her night shift job to be met by the criminal in the parking lot who puts a gun or knife to her and tells her not to scream. The vast majority of violent crimes involve lone victims, not larger targets with crowds of people in them.

    Once the criminal has chosen the person with the concealed firearm as their intended victim (because there is nothing to indicate that they should move on to an easier target because the gun is hidden and only the victim knows they are carrying it) and has taken an action to attack them, exactly how does merely having a concealed firearm cause that victim to have the upper hand...until they actually deploy that firearm against the criminal who is already watching them closely? And then isn't the upper hand only gained when the victim is successful in defending themselves against the criminal without being detected by the criminal first and stopped?
    Anyone who says, "I support the 2nd amendment, BUT"... doesn't. Element of Surprise: a mythical element that many believe has the same affect upon criminals that Kryptonite has upon Superman.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by NavyLCDR View Post
    My post is addressing just the opposite. I was addressing the much more common criminal attack where the concealed carrier is the selected target. Criminal approaches the person carrying the concealed firearm on the street or in their car, holds a knife or a gun to them and tells them to hand over their wallet or car. Or the convenience store clerk who is carrying concealed on the job gets a knife or gun pointed at them and told to empty the cash register. Or the woman walking out of her night shift job to be met by the criminal in the parking lot who puts a gun or knife to her and tells her not to scream. The vast majority of violent crimes involve lone victims, not larger targets with crowds of people in them.

    Once the criminal has chosen the person with the concealed firearm as their intended victim (because there is nothing to indicate that they should move on to an easier target because the gun is hidden and only the victim knows they are carrying it) and has taken an action to attack them, exactly how does merely having a concealed firearm cause that victim to have the upper hand...until they actually deploy that firearm against the criminal who is already watching them closely? And then isn't the upper hand only gained when the victim is successful in defending themselves against the criminal without being detected by the criminal first and stopped?
    Ok, I see what you're saying. I would agree that referring to it as having the upper hand in those situations is not correct. An increased chance of survival, yes, the upper hand, no.

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