Am I nuts or what?

Am I nuts or what?

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    Am I nuts or what?

    I have my wife and son trained that I always sit facing the door in restaurants, if possible. I don't enter 24 hr. convience stores at night BEFORE scanning the area(including the check-out counter). I park our vehicles in well-lit, well-travelled areas. I TRY and do common sense things that should INCREASE your odds of either avoiding unnecessary confrontations or putting myself in the best possible position should one occur. It's more than just carrying a's having your brain switched on!! Am I nuts or just a little paranoid??
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    It's situational awareness and it is necessary to be vigilante always. More so in some places (Stop&Rob) less in others (Home) but always aware.

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    No you are not paranoid. You are doing exactly what I do, and would think that most members of this forum do without giving it a second thought.
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    Its no big deal, and these examples of sitting facing the door and such are the most common and elementary "tricks" of awareness. If you are not at least making an attempt to win before the fight begins, you should'nt be carrying a pistol.
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    Yes, your nuts,we are all nuts!
    he he ha ha

    no no ,you -I mean, we are fine
    your respect for life must include your own.
    that means having your brain switched on
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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    I Am I nuts or just a little paranoid??
    I don't think you are nuts or paranoid. The habits you have described are identical to mine.

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    Not nuts at all. I always try to be aware of my surroundings. It's being smart.

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    I've been doing that for years before I started carrying.
    My wife thought I was weird.
    After explaining it to her and now carrying she understands.
    Even let's me pick my chair first.
    The only problem is when we go out with guest's they think I'm kind of rude to pick my chair first.
    So be it.

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    If your nuts or paranoid then so are most of us on this forum. SA and CCW go hand in hand. A gun really doesn't do you much good if you let yourself get put into a situation you can't use it if you need it. Keep up the good work!
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    <Start Rant>

    There's a fine line between situational awareness and paranoia. That line is in a different place for every person, but I think the rule of thumb is this:

    When your "defensive habits" start to impact your life in a significant way, it's time to re-think them.

    For instance, this past summer I wanted to go see a concert that I knew I couldn't legally carry to. I decided to go anyway because if I didn't, I'd probably always look back and regret having let my "situational awareness" dictate rather or not I get to go see Carlos Santana (excellent show, by the way).

    However, things like sitting where you can see the doors at a restaurant, locking the car doors when you're inside, and giving a stop-and-rob a good once-over before entering... those things don't negatively impact your life. There's no down-side, so why not?

    From your post you sound like you might be a little more "proactive" in your situational awareness than I am, but I don't think that makes you paranoid or crazy.

    And who defines sanity these days anyway? Plus, being sane doesn't sound like very much fun....

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    You're not weird, unless I'm psycho. No really, it is (should be) a natural action for those of us looking for trouble so we can avoid it. I do the same everywhere.
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    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Everything you described in your OP defines "ounce of prevention".
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    You aren't nuts,I stay out of bad sections of town at night and purchase my fuel
    during the daylight hours.Just a habit I got into as I started to get older and weaker.

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    I tell my wife "just because I'm paranoid doesn't mean that they're not out to get me"!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    I have my wife and son trained that I always sit facing the door in restaurants, if possible
    To throw a little fuel on this, do you think your life is worth more than you wife and son's? What if they prefer to sit so they can face the door so they can be aware. Someone else mention when eating out with friends. Shouldn't they get the same protection as you?

    I used to work with a man that refused to sit in the middle seat in a pick-up truck. He once was in the middle when the two fellows he was riding with started beating on him. I don't think it is paranoid to be aware but why should one person always be the one who gets to choose.

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