I would carry!
This is a discussion on Carrying at a huge religious event within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am going to be volunteering at what promises to be a huge evangelical event here in Portland. ( Portland CityFest 08 ) There are ...
I am going to be volunteering at what promises to be a huge evangelical event here in Portland. (Portland CityFest 08) There are going to be tens of thousands of people and I am going to be right dab smack in the middle of it.
The question is, do I carry at this event? My main concerns are
1. Pick pocket types
2. Bumping into people constantly
3. It may be very hot
4. Hugging people as I am going to be a counselor.
And probably a few others that I can not think of.
And of course to complicate things, because traffic is going to be obnoxious, I will probably take mass transit to the downtown area where it is being staged. We all know what types frequent there.
It is a dilemma and I would like to get your opinions.
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I would carry!
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
I've been a preacher's kid for decades .... carry!
Old testament....Shooting to Live 1942
Newer testament... Kill or Get Killed 1976/1987
I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop!!
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Knowing downtown Portland and Waterfront Park quite well, as well as the Transit Mall, I would go armed.
When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
And go to your God like a soldier.
Two words... Pocket Carry. Then hug to your hearts content
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking" - George S. Patton.
I'd probably opt for my SmartCarry but I truly believe in my signature!
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
"A superior Operator is best defined as someone who uses his superior
judgement to keep himself out of situations that would require a display of his
i'd say that a religious event is a more likely target for a nutjob that just about anywhere else. i'd definitely carry. if you're concerned about pickpockets and hugging, then try an ankle holster or smartcarry.
Carry the damn gun and more than likely you'll stay alive.
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
If the festival has those large "No Gun" signs, you may be safe!
Stay armed...even at festivals...stay safe!
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Hot+working+pickpockets=Smartcarry. Otherwise, something deep IWB with a retention strap, or maybe one of those fancy undershirts with a built in holster.
I can say from experience though, Smartcarry works. I am able to wear my gun while practicing Muay Thai, though it is more comfortable without. I was mighty glad I had it during a cleanup in May, bending and stooping...I haven't yet found a situation in which I can't carry, so long as I have on clothes...
"Water can flow, or it can crash. Be like water, my friend."-Bruce Lee
"Luck, often enough, will save a man if his courage does hold."
I wouldn't go without it
do what you can with what you have where you are at (theodore roosevelt)
Unless carrying is going to get you kicked out of everything, I'd suggest doing what you normally do. A religious revival festival is all well and good, but I'll warrant that the crystal balls there are just as foggy as everywhere else, with respect to being able to foresee crimes and threats.
Portland still is what it is, with all the normal daily threats. Particularly if you're heading out on the Max train, there are the usual worries: litany of crime instances on/around the Max train.
Just imagine the things that can happen when you close your eyes & pray during a religious event.
Criminals Prefer Unarmed Victims
I agree with Thumper...
Always carry - Never tell
Jim - Danville, IN