Have you ever had to use your weapon in self defense?

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  • Yes, drew, fired

    9 4.48%
  • Yes, drew, did NOT fire

    38 18.91%
  • Yes, did not feel the necessity to draw/felt lethal force was unnecessary

    8 3.98%
  • Yes, was unarmed or otherwise unable to access my weapon

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    Have you ever had to use your weapon in self defense?

    Just curious as to how many of our members here have been victims of violent crimes or otherwise had to use their weapon in self defense.

    i'll start. i voted "yes, was anarmed or otherwise unable to access my weapon" because the store i work at was robbed at gunpoint when i was 19 and i could not legally carry.

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    NO...but I would probably be reluctant to discuss the issue (if I had) until it was long over and 'cleared' legally...OMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    NO...but I would probably be reluctant to discuss the issue until it was long over and 'cleared' legally...OMO

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    definitely understandable. and for those that have and agree, no need to post stories, i'm just curious about the numbers. so vote and leave it at that if you want :)

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    Attempted victim a few times esp in and near Wash DC.

    Pulled to point 2x in Tacoma.... 2 on 1 @ about 6 ft, another 3 on 1 situation they varied about 6 to 15 ft. Got a semi after this last one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrhutch View Post
    Just curious as to how many of our members here have been victims of violent crimes or otherwise had to use their weapon in self defense.

    i'll start. i voted "yes, was anarmed or otherwise unable to access my weapon" because the store i work at was robbed at gunpoint when i was 19 and i could not legally carry.
    I think I understand the intent of your poll but the way it is worded makes it contradictory to itself.

    Your answer to when the store was robbed shows that even though you may have wished that you had a weapon you really didn't need one. If you had a weapon would it have made a difference and what would that difference have been? There is a good chance that if you had a weapon and tried to use it you may have been killed. These are the exact situations that the Brady Bunch uses to demonstrate how unnecessary guns are. There was a robbery at gunpoint, no one was armed, no one was hurt, alls well that ends well, let the police catch the robber.

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    ...But it's there if I have to.

    My answer is a big N-O. I've never even been tempted in carrying pretty consistently since 2000. I hope it stays that way, but am ready otherwise.

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    Hasnt this poll already been run?

    Also, your poll choices are screwed up. You should have had the choice for "No, was unarmed . . .blah blah".

    Your choice says "Yes, but was unarmed . . .blah blah".

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    I think I understand the intent of your poll but the way it is worded makes it contradictory to itself.

    Your answer to when the store was robbed shows that even though you may have wished that you had a weapon you really didn't need one. If you had a weapon would it have made a difference and what would that difference have been? There is a good chance that if you had a weapon and tried to use it you may have been killed. These are the exact situations that the Brady Bunch uses to demonstrate how unnecessary guns are. There was a robbery at gunpoint, no one was armed, no one was hurt, alls well that ends well, let the police catch the robber.
    this is true, but it could have been different. he could have fired. he had me and the owner's wife, the only two in the store, on the ground facing away from him. he could have very easily killed both of us. i didn't know he wasn't planning to kill us until he left the store. you can never know what "would have happened" until it's over. i would have rather been armed and had the means to NOT be made to lay on the floor. he did not point the weapon during the robbery, so i would have had a good chance at at least surprising him. the man that robbed us was later gunned down by the SWAT team when a store owner he was trying to rob went ballistic on him, in fear of being raped, and he ran. he tried to carjack a man, who WAS armed and fired at him, missing, and the suspect ran away and holed up in a back yard when he heard sirens. after being shot with rubber bullets he got back up, pointed his gun at police, and was promptly filled with lead from fully automatic MP5 fire from about a dozen officers.

    me having a gun, in this situation, would have either a)scared him off or b) saved tax dollars in officer pay and our police officers hours of paper work.

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    A Poll already run that is pretty similar :

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...f-defense.html
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    "Yes, drew, did NOT fire."

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    When I was 18 I had a guy pull a knife on me at a convenience store because he thought 'I looked at his bicycle'. I simply move a few steps behind an obstacle and laughed at him while I told him he was going to jail and called the police.

    At 26 myself and 3 other guys where working at night in North Las Vegas.
    Two meth heads came in to the business we where working at and demanded our wallets at gun point, I left with my wallet and life thanks to a cool head and stubborn attuned and the grace of god. Two of us had\have CCW's and where following the law and did not have our weapons on us. This is the very short version.


    Voted. Yes, was unarmed or otherwise unable to access my weapon

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova83tx View Post
    A Poll already run that is pretty similar :

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...f-defense.html
    found that poll, but not the information i was looking for. thanks for the link though

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    Yes, was unarmed or otherwise unable to access my weapon .
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    I was robbed at gunpoint and was unarmed.I wouldnt have been able to draw at the time if I was. The guy had a gun in my face before I could react.He was yelling put it down over and over but I didnt have anything to put down.I gave him the money and he dropped it.His partner held the gun on me while he picked it up.Then they ran out.People say in these situations "I would have done this or that" but you have no idea what you will really do until it happens to you. I quit that night and will never put myself in a job that makes me a target. I carry all day everyday now but that day my gun would have done me no good.That has been over ten years ago.

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    draw weapon

    nope, never have and hope i never have to.
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