I thought there were 6 Ps.
This is a discussion on Reason why I started carrying within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; for those that have served in the military know the 5 P's work well...
for those that have served in the military know the 5 P's work well
God Bless our troops,Pass the ammo
1911,colt defender 90 / .45
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my avater is part of the reason i feel the way i do.
I thought there were 6 Ps.
"For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands." Deuteronomy 16:15
That's the way to use your smarts. Myself, before I had my CCW and was in excellent condition, I worked in a ghetto neighborhood in St. Louis. Example:
Panhandler: Man, you got a dolla?
Me: Sure! You got change for a twenty?
Panhandler: Jaw drops open...
Ya got to keep em guessing
Carrying a gun is the easy part. Knowing when and how to use it is far more difficult.
I think the OP did the right thing by watching the hands. I've had many peddlers come up asking for a handout and I'm always sure to stay aware of where their hands are, their body language and the distance between me (or my family) and them.
I do agree with MadMac though that your gun being drawn is a 'last resort' move on your part.
Isn't that a given though.... ?
That statement is touted over and over and over.... I doubt it very seriously if any self respecting gun toting American would pull his pistol and fire just for the hell of it... I for one would like to offer the OP and others like him a little more credit than that..
He started a thread titled "Reason why I started carrying" and then told the story that really didn't justify if he had a gun, that he had any reason to use it.
I understand and respect the OP for choosing to carry for those 'just in case' situations. Back before I began carrying I was robbed in a parking lot looking down the barrel of a revolver, it's not a good feeling knowing your pretty much defenseless.
Hey, OP, no disrespect, I know you're not an idiot, I'm still new and learning and hoping to contribute here if and when possible.
Have you ever read those stories in "Combat Handguns" magazine. You know, the column usually labeled "It happened to me"? I think most of those stories are about people just pulling their guns to scare off an attacker, I don't remember reading one where someone actualy used there gun in self defense.
I've been told by several gun toting friends that if you pull your gun that you had better be prepared to use it. Now like I previously mentioned, I'm fairly new to carrying, does that mean I shouldn't pull my gun if I think things are about to turn for the worse to hopefully deter an attack like most of those stories in the magazine? I mean, if I truly feel my life is about to end, then of course, you gotta do what you gotta do.
But let's just say in the OP's situation, let me change things a bit. Let's say the guy happened to pull a knife and lunge at him or his girlfriend but he had plenty of room to flee the attacker on foot but instead he pulled his gun and either scared the attacker off or shot him. I guess if that happened then the very next thing to do is call 911 before the perp has a chance to.
Not a chance.... Even if they were to approach me on the street, I would be respectful enough to say, Thank you for the concern, but I'm really not interested then turn and walk away.
For the record; I've worked downtown Atlanta for twelve years now and every single person that has ever approached me while I was on lunch or out and about for whatever reason. Not a single one said anything about God, or anything remotely close. Every single one of um wanted money for one reason or another... Just to illustrate how violent some of the vagrants can be. I have a coworker that was approached at a red light and when he turned the guy down the guy kicked his door and put a dent in it, then ran like hell.. Hummm, yeah most of um are harmless enough, LOL! Send some Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses walking through downtown Atlanta and there's a good chance you'll be sending um to meet their demise... That won't win you any points with the big Guy.
No issues this trip, except for a super-annoying crowd one night in the Hard Rock who kept encouraging the wait staff in their rediculous shennanigans.
"...for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." Matthew 26:52