This is a discussion on Why do YOU carry?? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; The nature of criminal attacks changed. They are aggressive, they are violent, and often armed. There was once a time that lights and locked doors ...
The nature of criminal attacks changed. They are aggressive, they are violent, and often armed.
There was once a time that lights and locked doors game you some feeling of security. Frankly, even then I felt the need to be armed, but I think the one event that made me strongly deside to be armed was car jacking.
When automotive manufacturers changed their ignitions to require specialised keys to start the vehicles, the BGs could no longer hot wire. As this started to become more common, I noticed an increase in car jackings. The attempts became more brazened and more violent. The choice was made, criminal needs outweighted the value of life.
It was one thing to be a victim of a crime of passion. To die for the contents or my wallet or my car. Well I owed it not only to myself, but to those I love, to defend myself.
I think a somewhat recent news story that strengthened my resolve were stories like the BTK killer. BG with the only motive to kill for pleasure. Well, that makes everyone a target, to keep the predators at bay (regardless of the number or legs) better have more than a bark.
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1) My Mom was raped in the privacy of her own home at 10:30 in the morning. I told myself on that day, that I would NEVER be a willing victim.
2) I am a Realtor. What other job is there, that the criminial can call me and tell me where and what time to meet them?
3) It is my Right!!! Rights not exercised, are rights that can be taken away.
4) My life is more important than the criminial element. I have lived an upstanding life, am a law abiding citizen and well respected amongst my peers. The serial rapist, serial murderer, the thug, the robber, the kidnapper, etc has not "earned" the right for me not to defend my life against them.
5) It is my duty as a parent and a spouse to protect my loved ones. It is my duty and obligation to come home to them alive at the end of the day. They are counting on me!
6) I do not get to pick the day I become a victim, the criminial does.
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I enjoy life and I don't think I would like being a victim. Besides, I am old and I guess you know what they say about old men and fights.
and simply 'because i can'
I refuse to be a victim. Can't be doing that reliably well with only a cell phone, prayer and pixie dust.
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Ok...some guy screaming at a lady at a stop light led to getting a CC? I'm lost in that logic...
Those that just want to exercise their rights...does not give me a warm feeling of confidence.
Personally...one just has to pick up the newspaper to see why...
About a year ago, my brother came upon a domestic dispute. The female asked him to help her, she was scared. My brother stepped in between them and was stabbed twice in the heart. He died five minutes later, alone, in the dirt and the dark. Tring to help some one he did not know. I vowed that day not to ever become a victim.
I think about you every day bro. I love you man.
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We are the Militia...we are responsible adults...we try to understand what it means to be free...we must, at times, defend what we love and what we've worked for....we are Americans.
Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
Even some LEOs say they hate the domestic disputes because they can be dangerous.
Linda your story about your mom is chilling. Every woman should have your resolve and determination. Hope your mom is doing well. You are so right about being put in a situation where you could show a home and have a problem as it has happened before.
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Simply....when seconds count, the police are only minutes away...
ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!
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I refuse to be a victim, to defend my family and I can't fit a cop in my pocket.
Freedom isn't free! Don't ever take it forgranted!
The world is changing, and not for the better. Sure, there has been crime, assaults, and even home invasions (as I mentioned in another thread about a friend who almost died in one). But it has gotten worse, we have a new criminal element entering our country illegally along with those who just want a better life. I carry because I won't be a victim if I can help it. And if I lost my wife because I didn't have the means to protect her, I couldn't live with myself. I am no longer physically able to brawl, or go back to the martial arts. So I carry, everyday, everywhere as long as it's legal.