Security guard at work asked me if I was carrying today
I'm at work today wearing dress pants that fit me 10 pounds ago, and an untucked polo shirt that hangs over my belt about 2 inches. At one point a security guard drops in to chat. We're in a restricted area and no one else is around. He's standing behind me talking, and I lean forward for something. Out of the blue he asks, "Are you carrying?"
I've spoken to this officer before about gun issues. He's ex-military and ex-LEO, so self-defense and guns are something we have in common. He owns a 1911 but doesn't have his CCW. He knows I have a CCW (I know... don't ask, don't tell... but I'm trying to persuade him to get his). He's never asked me before if I carry on the job, and I've never volunteered that info. That subject heretofore has been off-limits, I guess by unspoken agreement since company policy is no carrying of weapons of any sort.
I looked at him and said rhetorically, "You're joking, right?" I said it with an attitude that there was no way I would carry on the premises. Then I added, "I wish." :smile:
He points down to a bulge under my shirt about 4:00, which became more pronounced when I bent over. I immediately raised my shirt and showed him my cell phone. That seemed to satisfy him, and the conversation went elsewhere at that point.
I know some of you never tell anyone you CCW, and I understand that viewpoint. Other than family, I've shared that info with very few people. I also see the benefits of discussing the issue by possibly increasing the number of those who CCW. I guess I've taken a middle ground: I don't share with strangers, but I may discuss CCW with those I trust. And for the very, very few I trust even more, I may share that I carry as often as I do. But that number is extremely small and will remain small.
So I never did answer him directly. And I didn't lie, either. :smile: I may change how I carry my phone just to avoid drawing attention and possibly giving someone the wrong impression.
I do trust this officer enough to talk guns with him, but not enough to get into personal carry issues. I strongly suspect he keeps his 1911 in his vehicle on the property, but I won't ask him. He may even have it on him. Anyway, I encountered no psycho's today, made it home safely, and I'm still employed, so it was a good day. :hand10:
Some people will say we should always abide by the intent of the company we work for. I understand that viewpoint and respect those that follow it. Personally, my priorities are this:
1) Taking care of my family, which by extension means also taking care of myself.
2) Not breaking any laws, as long as it doesn't conflict with priority #1.
I don't give a damn about following the policies of some anti's, policies that give all the advantages to criminals or a crazed gunman. I don't even give a small damn about that. I'll quote Gabe Suarez again to sum up how I feel: "Being broke or in jail is temporary: being dead isn't."
For those that choose to follow every intention of your employer, good on ya. My life goals are to take care of my family and make it to the end of my life naturally. I have no interest in exiting early because some punk with a gun caught me unarmed.
No laws were broken in the commission or writing of this post. And SmartCarry rocks. :22a: