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Why did you first start carrying?

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    I had carried a handgun while in the military (Navy) for ship security reasons. After I went back to civilian life, I worked for an armed security company. It was about this time that I discovered my "passion" for firearms, and handguns in particular. Sometime later I went to work in casino security where a bunch of us went out and got our permits at the same time.

    I initially got my CCW for one stupid reason: I thought it would be cool.

    I wish I could say that at the time I got my permit because I had the mature thoughts of protecting myself and my family, but I can not. I was an idiot, and got it for the wrong reasons. It took me a few years to wake up to the world and see it, and its inhabitants for what it and they really are. It scared me, and still does to some degree today.

    I haven't been subject to some life altering event or tragedy that would prompt me to this lifestyle as some others have been. I haven't always been eyes open to the world around me.

    Now I have two children and a beautiful wife. Now I know why I prepare myself to meet the world everyday with the mindset that I will not allow myself to be unprepared.
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    Most of my wife's family lives in Philly and we are down there a lot. After getting lost in philly for over an hour and having the cops refuse to help us with directions for over an hour, I decided it was time to take me and my family's protection into my own hands. We should all have the proper tool to deal with any situation that may arrise in our daily travels. Oh yea... I also purchased a GPS unit. That seems to help alot!

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    My wife works alone in an office with people comming and going during the day. The door is of course unlocked so anyone can come in. The business next door to her office was held up at gun point a couple years ago and about a year or so ago she said there was someone in the office that said a couple things that made her uneasy.

    I bought my first gun about six months ago hoping that she would eventually keep one in her desk. I guess both of us getting our ccl was a logical next step after we had acquired several handguns and were out shooting every other week. Now neither of us ever goes anywhere without our weapon and I stay armed all the time unless I'm in the shower. Unfortunately, being armed doesn't mean you won't be a victim. However, I do like knowing I'll have some kind of chance to protect myself.

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    Because it is one of my "certain inalienable rights" granted by God and protected by the Bill of Rights.

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    being an avid hunter,joined nra about 7yrs.ago to to help support our 2nd
    amendment rights so i can contiue to hunt and bear arms.started carrying
    1and half years ago so i might have a better chance to hunt tommorow
    the way things are these days(crime). ya never know what the next day
    might bring.
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    About a week after I turned 18 the sheriff and my dad showed up one day, the sheriff said he could use my help with a couple different assignments, and then handed me a badge, and had me raise my right hand.

    The assignments involved plain clothing, so I got use to carrying a concealed weapon. When I moved from that area to follow my employment, I had to turn in my badge so I applied for a concealed weapon permit.

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    Ok, when the wallet sized card comes (soon according to the records dept.) I will carry because:

    I heard little quiet 5yo voice say "Daddy" from his bedroom. I went in and on my knees, schnuzzled him half asleep back into bed. I stuck my nose on his little neck just to let him know I was still there, and he went back to sleep. I am about to retain some horizontal rest next to my pretty bride.

    I have been reading on this site for hours tonight, as is the normal course on my nights off, and think momentarily about those outside our front door. When I think about who and what I am to this family of mine, the big daddy bear claws and teeth hone sharp.

    That little ticket can't get here soon enough.

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    Because my holster looked goofy when it was empty.

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    I have been carrying for years. For two reasons, self defense and because since childhood I was taught that it was my duty as an American to always be armed.

    Now that I am older I carry to protect my wife and daughter as well as myself. I hope to instill in my children the importance of being armed.
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    Why did I first start CCW?

    Is was the daily news reports...both national and local...'dirtbags' are everywhere...people must become individually responsible for their own SD...I realized that fact of life!

    Stay armed...stay safe!
    Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”

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    The state of the world, possibly to make a statement about being responsible for my family's safety. Maybe my own way of becoming a 'Gray Panther'.
    Mainly to be able to defend myself if someone decides that 'there goes a soft target'. Criminals do think, and do weigh the odds. I just believe in controlling the odds (in my favor).

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    I am involved with the pipeline industry and I check up on contractors doing layouts in the woods (mostly the south). I am almost always alone, and spend hundreds of hours each year outside walking. I have encountered squatters, pot growers, meth labs, mean dogs, alligators, numerous poisonous snakes, and aggressive feral hogs. The hogs bother me the most - I see them a lot. Although I have never been in a situation where I've actually had to pull a gun, it is reassuring to have it. My CHL is good in all the places I work.

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    Did a tour in Iraq. Learned the utility of being armed. I learned that what I knew as a hunter had nothing to do with effectively carrying arms on a daily basis, and bringing them to bear against those that would do you harm. Lesson learned was that unless arms are a part of daily living, they will not be usefull to you when you need them.

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    To protect myself and family, have had my permit since '92.

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    Years ago my handguns never left the house unless I was going to the range for practice. We also never locked our doors except at night. When the world started to change for the worse, we started locking our doors even during daytime, and now when I go out the door I am always armed.
    "Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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