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Are you less aggressive now that you carry?

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    I will avoid a confrontation at almost all costs. I am definitely less aggressive when it comes to driving since carrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    Ok, I am definitely less aggressive driver on the road, no doubt. But that kind of started a while before I started carrying, so not sure if it's carrying a gun related or just mellowing in old age.

    Now, when contacting people, I never look for trouble. But I am an assertive person on the job and off.

    I would say assertive more accurately describes things than aggressive. I put forth an attitude that I am not sheep, but neither am I confrontational or challenging.

    If I am confronted, however, I definitely have an offensive and not defensive mind set. If in unarmed combat, I am going to show explosive violence of action and be the first hitter. But only after they make the first move.

    It's not a game... if the fight isn't over in 4 or 5 seconds, it's going to get bad. If the attacker is armed... again, I have an offensive mindset. I'm will be the first to shoot.

    Someone approaches me and shows me their gun stuck in their waistband as they demand my money... I'm immediately shooting them! I'm not waiting for them to draw... that's stupid.

    I'm not going to cover all scenarios here as things just can't be set in stone....

    But I'm not looking for trouble, and I don't present myself as someone looking for trouble.
    Amen! Well said.
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    My aggressive days were long gone before I started carrying. Military calmed my agressiveness.
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    I'm too old to fight, and I'm also too old to run. The gun I carry is for use in the gravest extreme and hasn't changed my nature at all.

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    i avoid fights whenever it is feasable. now that doesn't mean i'll fight fair when i have to fight but like most of those who trained me say "if your not cheating your not trying hard enough." or as the marines say "if your ever in a fair fight you didn't plan properly." i take these quotes to heart and stay alert. if it looks like someone is going to start a fight with me i egress when i can, failing that i do what the situation demands.
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    karate and my father taught me to never start fights...just FINISH them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzDawg View Post
    I don't think I'm any more or less aggressive than I was before I started carrying. I am much more alert however, because now that I carry I assume that anyone else at anytime could be as well. My days of wandering aimlessly in condition white are definitely over....
    My thoughts exactly. I am a pretty laid back guy up to a point. A lot more aware of people around me now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    I put maybe.

    Dont start no crap and there wont be none.
    If this were the case, there would be no need for any of us to carry.

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    I find myself more patient and not wanting to get in a confrontation.

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    A man grabed and slaped (open hand) his wife (gf?) at a movie theater parking lot. He was getting ready to hit her again. I knew they arrived seperately, and the way the guy was walking made you alert before anything happened.

    As I closed the distance between me and this guy I said something like (this is not PC), "Buddy I don't know if you have a good reason or not, let her GO!" The guy replied I should F off and mind my own business. I then told him, loudly, "The cops are on their f ing way, this will go better if you have some f ing eyes!" He left. The woman went into the movie.

    My friends all thought I was quick thinking. My words (at least the violent ones) were just what I was honestly thinking. I was scared but could not stand the situation (the whole, it was like I was not myself but another person). I very well could have killed that guy or died trying.

    I never called the cops. I will never know if I caused more harm then good with my actions and inactions. One reason I did not call LE, and it only took a second to think of this when the guy turned to walk away, I did not want to be a part of their drama in court. In my defense, this was before cell phones, and 911 was a new thing.

    I don't know if it is cell phones, my age, or the gun. I know I will never confront like that again.

    As unPC as it sounds, I can't think of a good reason to hit a woman, I'm not in that guy's boots, and I don't know if the guy had a good reason or not. What I do know, I had good intent, but he and I were in more danger situation because I did not have a gun and did not get LE involved.

    One of the reasons, in my mind, carrying is safer, I never think of running toward someone to confront when I carry. The firearm also makes it clear (in my mind) the situation is going to go from confront to deadly intent. I was in just as dangerous situation without the gun, as with a gun. Both with or without a gun, life ending violence is possible.

    Hope this makes sense.

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    I would have to answer yes because I go out of my way to avoid any potential confrontations when I'm carrying.
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    I'm a very laid back person.
    However carrying has raised my awareness level.
    I'm 61 and never lost my temper in my entire life. Please don't question me as it's the truth. I had a Dr tell me it was actually a dangerous thing. He wouldn't want to be next to me if I did lose it.
    However I always said if someone was to harm any of my loved ones then all bets are off.

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    I'm never really agressive in that regard, but I sure am assertive. Before I moved to VA and got my permit, I was a truck driver in NYC. I made deliveries in the worst parts of the city, sometimes at dusk. I delivered Christmas stuff up to the week before Christmas in places like Brownsville and East NY. I was definitely on the radar of petty theives and the like who knew my cargo was instant cash to them.

    I m,ade eye contact with every person that passed, even gang members in colors. They got the look and nod, sometimes a "whassup". I've never had an issue, I never let myself look like a victim.

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