My 85-yr-old mom has accepted it

My 85-yr-old mom has accepted it

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    My 85-yr-old mom has accepted it

    I came late to 2A and carrying, but better late than never. After the passing of my sister, My mom now lives alone outside San Antonio. I go to visit her often.

    At first when she found out my son and I were carrying, even in her house, she thought we'd gone a little over the edge. Before we went out, she said things like "You can leave it here. You don't need it in *this* neighborhood."

    Of course, we declined.

    Later on, when we were talking about our purses in the car, I told her that mine was a gun purse. She asked "Do you have it with you now?" I said "Yes." She said "Oh."

    This weekend I took her out to eat at an Olive Garden next to a strip center that had become desolate from newly-arrived criminal elements.

    She asked me if I had my gun with me. "Yep," I replied.
    "Good," was her answer.

    Sometimes it just takes a little time.
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    My mom at first thought it was unnecessary. She said things like "[our county] is very safe" and "AD is more of a danger than criminals".

    One day a couple months ago we went out at 3am for a late night ice cream run. She decided she needed to use the ATM first, and I started discussing which one has the fewest nearby hiding spots. She said, "Well, you are armed, right?" My response was that being armed was only part of it, and it wouldn't help if someone snuck up on you. She agreed and it was clear she has gained some acceptance for CC as one part in a larger personal security plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWRedDragon View Post
    My response was that being armed was only part of it, and it wouldn't help if someone snuck up on you.
    Of course. But I don't go into that part of it with my mom. She can barely see, and can only walk slowly. I don't burden her with things she can't do anything about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilraen View Post
    I came late to 2A and carrying, but better late than never.
    So true, and good for you!

    There are documented cases of people in their eighties successfully using handguns in self-defense situations.

    In our crime-ridden modern age, more and more skeptics are slowly but surely being won over to our side.

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    Being attacked is the ultimate "life" game of rock/paper/scissors. At that moment, most unprepared folks are going to realize (too late) that prayer, wishful thinking, pixie dust, strong lungs (for screaming), a finger (for dialing) are all simply bad substitutes for the actual practical ability to defend oneself, to be able to hold out long enough until the cavalry can arrive.

    Kudos to your mom for opening the eyes. Give her a hug for me.
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    Awesome, great story! And most people do come around. My wife thought I was crazy at first but not believes strongly in carry. I never lectured her btw. My oldest kid thought I was nuts, now he asks if I'm carrying every time we go into the city.

    But not my mom ... God bless her ... she is an old-school dem in her 80's. If the dems say the guns are dangerous and best left in the hands of the government then by George that's exactly what she will believe and nobody can tell her different.

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    It is amazing to me how people who adamantly preaxch against RKBA and concealed carry suddenly change their minds when they find themselves in a bad neighborhood, or the wrong place at the wrong time; they want immediate access to a weapon to protect themselves.

    My Mother and Father are like this, especially when we go to downtown San Antonio to eat dinner or see a show at the majestic theater or go down on the riverwalk. Whenever some unsavory characters approach, they look back at me with that "do you have your gun" look on their faces. it cracks my wife up later when they spout their anti-gun rhetoric when they are safe back in their home behind their gated community and burglar alarm.....
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    My 71 year old mother learned to respect the 2nd amendment about 30 years ago... when I became 21 and bought my first pistol. Not three months after that purchase, we had a home invasion while she was home. After hiding in a closet and still shaking in that closet when I got home to find the kicked in door, she saw the light. Since then, she has been carrying. Now she has a vintage Walther P38 that goes with her in her carry purse everywhere she goes. Pistol packin' momma!
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    Get mom to a gun range...let her give it a try...ya' just never know, she might decide to keep one around the house.
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    She asked me if I had my gun with me. "Yep," I replied.
    "Good," was her answer.

    Sometimes it just takes a little time.


    Kudos to your Mom. Smart lady.

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    My mom was cool with it. We have been around guns our whole lives though. She even has a little sawed off shotgun somewhere. She just told me "Dont get in trouble" Now why would i do that?

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    This reminds me of a story I read some time ago about a car thief that the police were chasing. Here's how the story goes.

    One night a young car thief had just stolen a car. Suddenly he noticed that there was a police car behind him. He sped up and the police kept up with him as best they could. The car thief recognized the area as the area where he grew up as a child. The car thief now suddenly ditches the car and starts running through the various yards, between homes, etc. He suddenly recalled a home where a little old lady lived by herself. He suddenly made a B-line towards this house.

    As he approaches the house he proceeds to kick the door in a few times until it opens. He then proceeds to slam the door shut and look out the peep hole in the door. All of a sudden he hears a sound that makes him rethink his current situation.

    The car thief suddenly hears a shotgun action chambering a shell. Suddenly he hears this sweet little old ladies voice say, "Sonny, I think you'll feel a lot safer outside with the policeman. If you take one more step closer to me I'm going to blow your f _ _ _ _ _ _ head off."

    The car thief suddenly opened the door to the house and into the arms of the police closing in on that precise house! LOL

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    Moms are great!

    I recently talked to my mom and mentioned 2A, self protection etc... and she told me she has rethought the "gun carrying" mentality. I asked if she would like to go shooting with me when she come's to visit and she took me up on my offer. So it'll be off to the range when mom gets here!

    PS. Gun show today in WPB! Wifey said "Let's go!" I'm a lucky man!
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    I was at a family gathering at my brother's place on the lake. My dad is 90, mom 80, 2 aunts (mom's sisters) from out of state, many cousins, most work in publishing and every last one "yellow dog" democrats. We were all sitting and/or milling around a patio talking and catching up when I bent down to pick up a little girl my cousin just adopted from China. My old aunt ask "honey, is that a gun?" I had a 1911 in a OWB with a t-shirt over it. I thought 'here we go'. I said yes. My other aunt ask "is it loaded?" Before I could answer another aunt said "it'd be useless if it wasn't, what kind is it?". I looked around at the 2 old sisters wondering where this was going. "We carry 38s". "We couldn't figure out the first ones we bought so we traded back. The man was so nice". I then ask "you got them with you?" "Sure honey". Geez, 3 old silver haired women sitting there, ready for the wolf. The computer geek husband of my cousin and dad of the little Chinese girl piped in with "can I see your 1911, I've been wanting one." To say I was shocked would be an understatement.
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    My folks were anti-handgun until they experienced a home invasion.

    From that day forward, they kept a loaded revolver in their house.
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