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Am I vigilant or paranoid?

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    paranoid ?

    I don't know if you're paranoid, but when the godfather tells us to go to the mattressses I want you on my side.

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    sounds perfectly normal to me. I'm light sleeper and noises in the night wake me right up.
    Had a wake up call on the 4th we came home from visiting the Inlaws
    it was late and as we pulled up to the house my wife says the wrong lights are on in the house, slowly pulled in the drive and peaked though a couple of windows saw nothing and then the dog went off but he was in the garage not in his pen where he sleeps RED ALERT
    pull my gun and open the garage door to release the dog into the house but he stayed with me, that's odd he does not like strangers and would normally bark his head off I open the door to the house and the alarm system was off.
    Sent the dog in the house he ran to the back door to go outside to take care of bussiness really strange. I listen for a minute heard nothing and the cat came walking down the hall like he owns the place.
    Now I want call 911 but hate to bother the police on the 4th of july they are busy with all the illegal firework shooters. Called the alarm company instead to inquire about the system status and any triggered sensors they said none had been triggered for several hours same time we left. so I start clearing each room found nothing call the wife to come in and then realized that our son was last one out of the house and he has been away at college for several months and has forgotten the routine we have a laugh and I really wish I had not quite smoking.
    So no you sound normal to me.
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    At the risk of sounding contradicting to my thread on being a, "Pessimistic Optimist," I would say that you are a bit jumpy and need to tone it down. Now with that said, I WASN'T THEIR. I can Monday morning quarter back it all day long, but the fact is, it's your life and not mine. So do what you think is best. If you feel like their is a potential lethal force threat, and it is appropriate, then draw your weapon.

    Now if you see a bad guy in front of you with a weapon then it would be nice to develop a condition response to draw your weapon, almost automatically. However that was not the case here.

    I'm not concerned that you drew your weapon in either case. I am a bit concerned that there was not decision or thought process involved. You may be a little to quick to draw your weapon, but that doesn't mean disregard things that are potential threats. But again I wasn't their and I would rather see it in use early than you think to use it too late. I'm curious how much time you have spent drawing that gun? I'm going to guess a lot of time.

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    I vote for VIGILANT!

    As the saying goes, "Better Safe than Sorry"!

    Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"
    ~John Adams

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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Appropriately vigilant....... Neither strikes me as a gross overreation.
    Ditto... appropriate under the circumstances as told...

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    Just so as you know you are not alone. I too have had a sudden unexpected sound/movement cause me to instinctively chance both my stance and draw a weapon. Turned out to be an animal (not mine but a wild one) that didn't belong there. I am typically very low key and not prone to overreacting to anything. Just sometimes your bells and whistles go off and your body reacts. the trick is not to instinctively shoot someone of something. By the way just cause you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you. :)
    The world is a dangerous place to live... not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

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    All this discussion has gotten me worried. I am afraid that I won't wake up if someone drives a car through my front door.

    When my Wife comes home from work at 4 AM, I rarely hear her come in.

    I guess my expecting her makes me sleep through it. Plus I do have a dog that would go off if someone was there uninvited.
    "Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt


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    Didn't read all replies, but in skimming over them, I might be the first to tell you that IMHO you might wanna ratchet it down a notch or two from that first response. I think if I were to wake up and realize that I was armed, and standing up next to the bed my wife and kid were in, I'd be a bit concerned. Okay to wake up, even to have the firearm NEAR the bed, but that just seems a bit extreme as a first response... makes me think maybe you should put it in a drawer or something that requires active thought, maybe it'll wake you up sooner???

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