Does a CCW Permit Make You More Likely To Avoid A Fight

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    Does a CCW Permit Make You More Likely To Avoid A Fight

    My CCW class made me think more and react differently to potentially violent encounters. Not that I am faced with this sort of thing often but just day to day sort of things like pissed off drivers and such. What about all of you?

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    It does for me. I am a lot more aware and often avoid being places that I now know could spell trouble. Convenience stores and such I check out a lot closer before going in than before. On the road, I ignore the people that blow up because I am going too fast, too slow or don\'t like something else I may be doing. I used to scream and cuss at them and point to the shoulder of the road. Now I just pretty much ignore them.

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    What Bumper said..

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    \"An armed society is a polite society....\" Steven

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    more likely?

    No. I only got a CWP recently, but probably 25 or 30 years ago I decided traffic altercations, etc., were not work risking my life. Since that satori, I have always been aware of the possibility that any stranger could be an armed sociopath.

    This is a common theme, that the armed citizen is more polite and is more aware of the potential for an altercation to turn lethal. Maybe some do renounce a rowdy life-style when they carry. I suspect that many others are like me---the last time I punched someone (he did not punch back), was around 1963 when I was 15. The next-to-last time I fought was probably around 1959.

    One can get in as much trouble without a firearm as with. A bar-room fight, for example. One drunken fool punches another drunken fool who falls and strikes his head on a metal chair leg and dies. Criminal charges ensue.

    I have always stayed out of this type of bar to avoid placing myself in a likely fight scene (plus I don\'t like cigarette smoke or lots of noise).

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    Not really becuse i always stayed away from that kind of stuff in the first place i might be a little more aways but not much ..

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    Originally posted by Bumper
    It does for me. I am a lot more aware and often avoid being places that I now know could spell trouble. Convenience stores and such I check out a lot closer before going in than before. On the road, I ignore the people that blow up because I am going too fast, too slow or don\'t like something else I may be doing. I used to scream and cuss at them and point to the shoulder of the road. Now I just pretty much ignore them.
    Amen:exclaim:

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    I do get the opposite from people sometimes. \"Oh well since you carry a gun you aren\'t afraid to go to bad places, because you can just shoot your way out.\" Obviously they don\'t get it and I try to explain it.

    What I tell people is that I am always careful whether or not I\'m carrying a gun. I don\'t want to be a victim and I don\'t want to shoot someone. However, if it comes down to it, I will use a gun to defend me and mine.

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    Kids and guns have had a sobering effect on my already very sober lifestyle.

    Pretty much what bumper said applies to me - I try to avoid the everyday stresses that most people go thru. That meant quitting a job in NY\'s financial district 9 yrs ago for 1/2 salary in Westchester (never regretted it).

    Legal gun owners are forced to be cognizant of the law - and many are more aware of those laws that relate to use of force, duty to retreat, castle doctrine, etc.

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    :kay:

    Yes, but as I have done my best to avoid places where crap happens, fights are not part of my life.

    those who carry do have a higher degree of responsiblity. You must be able to walk away from insults, etc.

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    Originally posted by Bumper
    It does for me. I am a lot more aware and often avoid being places that I now know could spell trouble. Convenience stores and such I check out a lot closer before going in than before. On the road, I ignore the people that blow up because I am going too fast, too slow or don\'t like something else I may be doing. I used to scream and cuss at them and point to the shoulder of the road. Now I just pretty much ignore them.
    Hoist me up on the bandwagon, I agree with Bump as well

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    I don\'t think it changed my attitude much. Of course I am pretty laid back about most things, and learned early that almost nothing good ever comes from physical confrontations, unless of course you are fighting for your life.

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    Pretty laid back here, never been one to sweat the small stuff. I guess I got it out of my system when I was young and dumb :) I just try to stay aware of my surroundings

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    Also...In Pennsylvania if you are LTC for personal protection & some jerk \"flips you the bird\" & you flip him/her \"the bird\" back...start cussing & then BIGGER trouble follows....
    you are legally considered to have \"escalated\" the situation. It is a serious personal responsibility to carry a firearm. Avoidance is the watchword of the day unless you are shopping around for an expensive & totally life disrupting legal nightmare.

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    [quote]Originally posted by lt8tmgya This is a common theme, that the armed citizen is more polite and is more aware of the potential for an altercation to turn lethal. Maybe some do renounce a rowdy life-style when they carry.


    While I am pretty mellow and laid back, I agree that an armed citizen is more likely to be polite and avoid areas and encounters that may turn violent. We are the only ones that know that a gun may come into play so most of us do everything in our power to stay out of trouble.

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