Using Your Weapons for Self Defense

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View Poll Results: Within the next year do you feel you will need to use your weapon for self defense

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    I got my "Eight Ball" out to consult...I've had it since I was about 10 years old...Shook it up good...Turned it over...it said..."Info Not Available at this time"
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    Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexster View Post
    I do not "feel" it, and my poll response reflects this, but I acknowledge the possibility, and prepare and act accordingly. I have NO denial whatsoever, but the odds of it happening within this year are slim. Relaxed alertness is the key.
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    I voted don't feel but I am ready. ( my life style is pretty clean and I don't find myself in places where I have no business) I certainly hope I do not have to. I also have a good attorney set up just in case I have to use my weapon.

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    Just a second while I check my calendar..., looks like I have a mugging scheduled for May 5th.

    Since I know when it's going to happen, I guess I don't need to carry until that day.
    "I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery." - Thomas Jefferson

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    I voted.

    Now you get a piece of my mind...

    If you "FEEL" you will HAVE to use your weapon in the next year, quarter, fortnight, or day, you may very well HAVE to. There is some truth to the old saw, "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe; the mind can achieve."

    It's kinda like the rule of 3 stupids... If you break those rules on a regular basis, you WILL win stupid prizes... Not IF you're lucky, but WHEN you're not.

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with being prepared. There is nothing wrong with regular practice. There is nothing wrong with a heavy dose of situational awareness.

    There is nothing wrong with a mindset that says "If it happens, I am as ready as I can be. And I will do what needs to be done, without hesitation."

    But, change one word in that statement (from If to When) and you are starting to create a self fulfilling prophesy.

    The odds are, you won't ever need your sidearm. The odds are you won't ever have a house fire, either. I still have a fire extinguisher. But I ain't lookin' for WHEN I'll have to use it... See, that's already happened to me... and I don't look forward to another total loss house fire.
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    It could be worse!
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    I highly doubt I'll have to use it, but I'm not going without it either.
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    I carry every day, everwhere that I can for the same reason I wear my seatbelt every day, and keep a fire extinguisher in my kitchen. You just don't know when or if it will happen. If we could predict the future (required to answer the poll) we could just avoid the incident.

    I don't see how the OP expects us to answer this question.
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    (I don't own any "Weapons" so I don't know how I'd use one. I own handguns and firearms. We in the 2nd Amendment community need to STOP using the "W" word... it makes the Anti's think of the horrible killing machines that bad guys use.

    If you start calling them guns, firearms, pistols, revolvers, they become tools, like hammer, wrench, screwdriver, etc. Every little thing to make guns painted in a positive light.)<rant off.
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    If you find yourself in a fair fight your tactics stink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryball View Post
    If I new, I would have my AK that day...
    Woman: "Sheriff I see you have your handgun there, you expecting trouble?"
    Sheriff: "No ma'am if I was expecting trouble I would have brought my Shotgun."

    Yup same thing..for me^ I'd bring my Mossberg if I new it was going to be a bad day...
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    I thought about voting, but since my crystal ball is in the shop right now for repairs I'll just pass on this poll.........
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    This poll is really skewed.
    For one thing the OP needs to describe the term "use".

    It's highly unlikely that a CC'er/OC'er will ever have to "shoot" anyone in SD. It's is also hard to determine if/when a CC'er/OC'er will ever need to "use" is PCW in a situation where where "shooting" isn't warranted; but, letting someone know that you are armed is.

    It is more likely that a OC'er/CC'er may find themselves in a self-defense "NO" shooting situation than it is a self-defense "shooting". (But, having to "use" a "NO" shoot situation is EXTREMELY rare as well.)

    I think the OP needs to change the questions up some. One thing I would say is "I don't expect to have to use my PCW ever. But, it's nice to know I have it available JIC."

    I haven't been involved in a traffic accident in DECADES. I NEVER expect to have a traffic accident again; because I always "drive" defensively. HOWEVER, I still buckle up every time I get into a car; because you never know.

    To me carrying a firearm is about "LIVING" defensively; because you never know.

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    Oh sure, I'll vote... not.... I can see it now...
    Judge: so the prosecution says he has evidence that you felt like you would have to use your weapon this year?
    Me: yes your honor, it was just a silly poll...
    Judge: well, silly or not, you are on record for wanting to use that side arm of yours...
    Me: No... that's not it at all...
    Judge: Ha ha ha ha... Go to Jail, Do not collect $200...


    OK, the above is silly... like this question by the OP...

    OK, where is my tin hat? I know 'they' are watching me...
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    There are a wide range of hazards that I do not EXPECT to be faced with in the foreseeable future, but I am PREPARED to meet them nonetheless.
    In the heat of the moment, what matters is what your body knows -- not what your mind knows.

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    To add a couple of things, I do indeed carry WEAPONS. When just out and about, I carry anti-personnel-level defensive weapons. If invited to walk around in rural Alaska, I will up-gun to bear-level defensive weapons. If hunting, I carry an appropriate hunting weapon. Let's not fall into the PC trap. Your average knife may be a true tool, and only incidentally a weapon, but except perhaps for dedicated target/plinking/competition firearms, handguns are weapons.

    I have used deadly force against a human being, and he died. It occurred at a post office parking lot in a quite "nice" part of
    town, on a quiet weekday morning. So, yes, it CAN happen, but I do not feel it will happen within the next year. This happened within the scope of my employment as an LEO, but I have also been a plain ol' customer at that same post office numerous times, so I could have been caught up in that incident as an armed citizen.

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    Don't "feel" like I going to need my seatbelt in the next year either but I put it on EVERY time I get in the car.

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