Here is a a scenario I dreamt up for mental exercise and conversation

Here is a a scenario I dreamt up for mental exercise and conversation

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    Here is a a scenario I dreamt up for mental exercise and conversation

    Lets say you are traveling alone, across the northern plains states in the dead of winter. ( I know its goofy, but I got to set the scene so we are all on the same page for sake of conversation)

    You're buzzing along across the nearly empty highway listening to your collection of favorite music, and the snow starts flying. Before you know it, you're caught in a blizzard. You switch from your mp3's to the radio, and sure enough, the winter storm of the century is bearing down on your route. Not knowing exactly where you are and whats around and being in your properly equipped for conditions late model 4x4 of choice, you decide to press on and out pace the storm.

    The snow is getting deep, the wind is howling, temp is dropping like a rock. Its now dark out. You've got plenty of fuel, but you are in the middle of nowhere. Now, there is nobody else on the road. Radio reports state that there is a winter storm emergency, all traffic is to be off the road. Emergency services are not available, if you get into trouble you are on your own. They simply cannot reach you. The discussion on the radio is about if people get stranded, they could very well be for days- and thats if anybody knows they are even there. Cars get covered in snow and only found again in spring. You have no choice but to drive on.

    As you drive along, struggling to keep on what you think is the roadway, you see a older car with Mississippi plates (lets say a 1994 Ford Escort ) off to the side of the road. The snow is already starting to cover it. You slow to a crawl to check on possible occupants as you pass and see a man inside the car. He's bundled up in just about everything he could find, trying to keep warm. His car isn't running, and his flashers are starting to dim. Being the good guy you are, you stop.

    The middle aged man seems nice enough, just had a little bad luck with his car. He tells you it broke down about 45 minutes ago and he can't get it restarted. You try to help him, but you both fail at getting the car restarted. Even if you did, there is no way the car could handle the current conditions.

    You offer the man a ride which he accepts. He tells you that there is an exit about 10 miles up the road with motels, restaurants and service stations. If you could get him there, he'd be most grateful. He indicates he has the ability to pay for a room, meals and help with the car. He is not destitute, just stranded.

    As he stands outside of your warm vehicle, he starts taking off the multiple layers of his make shift survival layers. As he's doing this, you see his pistol tucked in his waist band.
    It seems as if he inadvertently let his sweatshirt creep up over the gun as he was taking off another outer layer.

    Now, be honest with yourself, even if don't want to post your honest answer.
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    Personally.....I would ask about it, while being ready to draw my own, if needed. If the guy has a permit, and is willing to let me see it, I'm going to my gut feeling. If I feel O.K. about him, I would give him a ride.

    I may ask him to place it in the glove box or back seat though.
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    Well, to me the whole question is - why does he have the gun in his waist? If he was licensed in any way, shape or manner he would almost assuredly have the gun in a suitable holster.

    So, I would be on extreme alert, but would continue to offer assistance.
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    if he ment you harm he likely would have done so already.
    id have mine out (aimed at low ready) and ask for his and than , in my vehicle, ask for an explenation.

    might be he thought shooting himself was a better ending than freezing.
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    Star moving nonchalantly towards my BUG in my pocket, ask him why he has that. If he says he has a permit to carry, ask him to see it, and if he seems OK give him a ride with the condtion he place it in the back of my vehicle, until we get to our destination. Explain to him that I am a permit holder and dont know him so if he wants a ride thats the rules.
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    Before he gets into my vehicle I am going to send a picture message of his license plate, him, and a goverment issued photo ID to one of my former coworkers and tell him what is going on. Then the question becomes am I just giving him a ride or are we going to hook my tow strap to his car. If I am pulling his car he is going to be in it. If I am just giving him a ride we get in the truck and go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    If he was licensed in any way, shape or manner he would almost assuredly have the gun in a suitable holster.
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    He very well might have, you only caught a quick glimpse.
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    You mean like the one, or two that I have on my own person?


    I'd simply ask the guy to stow the firearm in his luggage for my own peace of mind, and carry on as planned.
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    I would draw as inconspiculously as possible, pointing down. Ask why it is there. It could very well be a glovebox gun he put in him because he is in fact stranded and vulnerable. If I get a legit answer and my spidey scence approves, I would still give him a ride but the weapon would have to be secured out of his reach.
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    Fun scenario.
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    Northern plains state, dead of winter, 1994 Ford escort with Mississippi plates................hummmmmm
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    Yes, the details were not entirely random. I did choose Mississippi just because its a southern state, no other reason.
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    A monster blizzard in Mississippi? Don't think so.

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    Happens all the time....meeting people carrying, more and more it seems....So this scene puts me kinda in a LEO shoe's..only they be duty bound to ask/confront...the West is a little different..regarding perception...makes all the sense in the world to me to be carrying, seeing someone with a side arm, or a knife doesnt get my bloodpressure up...but, I have very good instincts, that is, many times "battle tested"...I listen...I would be very aware of my fellow traveler......like the thought Sixto...is there a darkside to this....

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    Excuse me, I need to make a personal call for a second... (inconspicuously) "Hello dispatch, can you run this plate?"


    In reality, I probably would never have stopped and just called 911 to report the stranded vehicle.
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