Are you less aggressive now that you carry?

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    It's more that I am less likely to be in a situation where aggression is an issue. Heightened awareness means I'm gone before it gets weird.
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    I got my carry permit when I was 22 years old. So I have been carrying now for 18 years. But yes, when I started I got a lot less aggressive. Carrying a gun woke me up and snapped me out of my "Billy Bad A$$" phase that most young males go through.
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    My uncle and father warned me when I got my first gun, the same day I applied for my permit, that when carrying a firearm one can not let butter melt in their mouth.

    I have never went looking for trouble but when a battle was started, verbal or otherwise, I was right there jumping in. Now that I carry I have found myself willing to let stuff roll off of my back and willing to be wronged because I have no desire for confrontations.

    I am now more calm then I have been and although I can be very intense instantly it has been a while since I have found myself needing to be.
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    I have never gone looking for a fight, but before I started CC it didn't take much for be to participate in it. Not long ago I was in a junkyard and someone stole my tools and I found him. I had my 357 on my side and we did get in a verbal confrontation, but because I had a pistol on and don't want to lose my right to CC , I didn't go up side his burr head. He said you know you are in a junkyard, if he only new what he was about to get into, but at that time I wished that I didn't have it, I wanted to jerk him up by the neck.
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    Makes no difference.
    I don't go anywhere/do anything I can't carry, and I don't go anywhere/do anything "packin'" I wouldn't go/do anyways.
    I never learned to "back down" from confrontations (a painful fact, not a "braggin' point"), so I've always just naturally tried to avoid situations out of self-preservation. I've been in some form of martial-arts practice/training and/or power-lifting since I was 12 (I'm 53 now), so I never learned to be a willing victim.
    When I "strapped on my piece" for the first time, it felt natural - like I'd been "packin'" all my life - and haven't taken it off since. Odd, perhaps, but it's just never been an issue or consideration.

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    I never "Look for a Fight", and really never have, so I answered "Yes" in the Poll because I am less aggressive in an emotional sense since I began carrying - a state of mind so to speak.
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    I've never had temper issues or been overly aggressive, and that didn't change when I started carrying a gun. If I can de-escalate or get away from a bad situation, I will.
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    When I took my class, I had a very experienced LOE instructor. He wa a TBI agent. He said several things that have stuck in my mind for several years.

    1 I do not care if you have a 1000 dollar HK sitting on your dresser, if you do not find a pistol you are willing to carry EVERWHERE, EVERYDAY, you are fooling yourself, and wasting my time taking this class.

    2 Even if you have a 100% justifiable shooting, you can expect to spend at least 20 grand on lawyers, and lost time for work before it is over.

    So I do not try to carry a Desert Eagle, and I always think before pulling my weapon.

    Those 2 things have ruled my carry life for the last 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thanis View Post
    Are you less aggressive now that you carry?

    Given enough reason, I was once willing to let my temper get the better of me. I find that now that I carry, I'm a lot less aggressive. I don't want things to get out of hand. I find myself finding ways to defuse rather that confront.

    Anyone else?
    I agree. Controlling emotions is very important when carrying a concealed firearm. Avoidance is the first option always. I know that you may not think that this is aggressive, but I do. It's being aggressive in the way you are perceiving a potentially threatening situation. Really, it shifting the aggressiveness to thinking instead of reacting like a hot head. It's something that I had to learn to do. You're still aggressive because you're thinking all the time.
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    I think I'm pretty much the same as I always was. I've never looked for trouble and avoid it when I can but there are times when someone needs to be aggresive, assertive and sometimes, confrontational. I don't shy away from it when need be. I've been carrying for 90% of my adult life so if it has affected the way I interact with people, it's happened so long ago that I really couldn't say.

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    Never did go out looking for trouble, but never backed down either. Now that I am 60 and carry will go out of my way to avoid it if I can.
    John Steinbeck: Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

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    I voted that I have become less aggressive, not that I was overly aggressive before I carried. Where it really shows is in my driving. I used to be the guy speeding in the left lane, 15-20 over the limit, and agitated if some left lane bandit wouldn't move to the right to let me by. I was always courteous to other drivers and shared the road, but I was easily agitated if other drivers were not courteous to me. If someone cut me off, I'd stay right on his bumper to let him know I was ticked. I wasn't always blowing my horn and flipping people off; I was just easily agitated and always in a hurry.

    Now, I take my time and drive in the right lane, 4-5 mph over the limit. I just let everyone go by and keep my adrenaline level down. I know now not to provoke other people.

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    Less aggressive because I got old

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    I am far more aggressive now that I carry a gun. I have the upper hand! I have been trained to kill. Let anyone get in my way and they may just find the wrath of my temper.

    I am the king of the road. Anyone who cuts me off gets the full treatment. I flip them off; I shout obscenities; I hope they will challenge me because I am armed. Many times I will cut in front of someone and slow way down just to see their reaction. It is great fun.

    I particularly enjoy hanging out at closing time at the local bar. After downing a case of local brew I am ready for those drunks looking for trouble. I can face them with the knowledge that I will win the fight! And if I call the police first I will be innocent!

    I seek out confrontation and have been known to push old ladies out of the way at the grocery store. I am a busy man! What can they do? I carry a loaded gun.

    I read so many claim their tempers are now in check and they are more polite now that they carry. I know the truth!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nn View Post
    Less aggressive because I got old




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