Another reason to carry? Young guys with guns (Cops show)
I just saw a re-run of a Cops show where a pair of officers were patrolling in a medium-sized American city when they investigate a suspicious vehicle in a parking lot. The two young men were backed into a spot & sitting in the front seats when the squad pulled up.
They asked the guys what they were doing (waiting for a friend in the apartments) & why they were parked the way they were. They didn't seem evasive in their answers, but after one of the LEO's asked about criminal records & guns or drugs he must've picked up on something in the response or behavior - he asked them both to step out of the vehicle. After asking them to move to the back of their car the LEO's tell them to place their hands behind their heads for a pat-down. The driver then states matter of factly, "I have a gun." (!!!) "Do you have a CCW?" "No."
The officer immediately handcuffs the suspect while admonishing the guy for lying in response to his question. He finds a compact single stack (8-round, polymer, undetermined model) in his waistband. The second suspect is cuffed by the partner (he was the passenger who apparently had no record) & he now admits that he too has a gun. (!!!!) The officer continues his rebuke of both suspects as his partner pulls a compact Glock (I thought the officer said it was a G25, but are there that many of 'em out there?) &...finds a bag of marijuana. "Didn't I ask you if you had drugs?" "I didn't respond", says the passenger. - cue curtain -
I was actually surprised that they were both holding, as they didn't impress upon me that they were the type. This episode does show me that anyone... - anyone - that you happen upon could be holding, though I have to think that it is somewhat rare. If I saw these guys driving in another lane on the same roadway, I don't think I would have considered them as a possible gun threat.
It does give me pause & further clarification of why it's necessary that I conduct myself appropriately when out & about. To stay alert & actively thinking about what's going on around me, & how I react to that which may perturb me. You never know who yo u might encounter.
Stay safe, folks.