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Is It Wise To Carry At Home?

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    Is It Wise To Carry At Home?
    Not only is it wise......it would be the thing to do! Here is where you'll get the most practice for the real world or Wal Mart...or wherever you may roam. I figure at home is THE best place to carry, and the best thing would be if you never had to leave home.


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    Read this story then ask yourself the question again. I wonder if this man now thinks it's a good idea to carry at home. Unfortunately it's too late for them.

    Doctor's Family Killed In Fire, Home Invasion - Connecticut News Story - WFSB Hartford

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    Due to my severe lack of prescient abilities, if I am awake, I have it on me.
    When asleep, it is within inches.
    If I knew when/where the BGs want to play, I wouldn't need to carry.
    Carry on!


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    As I would expect, most members here will tell you to carry every waking moment. That includes at home, while at work, and everywhere in between.

    My take on it is no one can be condition yellow all the time and it is necessary to relax once and a while. At home is the perfect place to do it. If someone feels the need to carry at home, I would recommend they move somewhere safer and get some BIG dogs!

    It takes only a 10 seconds to open a safe and access all the "toys"

    I am cautious and prepared, but I try not to live in fear...

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    The thing is, the only reason to carry a gun is to save your LIFE.

    There are lots of things less important than your life, and being lackadaisical about other less important issues, isn't really a big deal.

    But your life is your life!

    Now, I always say that survival is a personal thing, because it is. Some people don't think their life is very important. And that's ok! No skin off my nose.

    Now, should you carry while at home?

    Well, home invasions, while may be rare in some neighborhoods and prevalent in others, there is one thing true about most home invasions. They are almost always very brutal, and often times the residents do not survive.

    The doctors family in Connecticut a couple of years ago lived in a quiet, community full of upper middle class to upper class folks. He lost his entire family to brutal rapes, beatings, shot and set on fire, and he never gave any thought a home invasion would happen to him either.

    And there are hundreds of people on this forum who know of that story, followed it closely at the time, and truly believe it isn't going to happen to them.

    Well, geeze.... probably not! But hey, it's only your life, right?

    At home, if my gun isn't on my person, it's within arms reach.

    I bought an LCP specifically for the sole purpose of no longer being able to say, it's just too much of a hassle to strap on a gun at home. Or, I'm only going down the street to get some milk and loaf of bread I don't need my G-23 for that.

    While I don't carry my LCP in a T-shirt pocket, it does fit in one, which just goes to show, there's no reason to be without at least some pistol.

    But then again, survival is a personal thing. Some people don't feel their life is worth the hassle. After all... they have "probabilities and percentages" on their side.
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    I say carry at home even if its just a small pocket pistol.
    Never know when you may need it.

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    I would carry at home. That is where your guard is most likely to be down. I don't need to reiterate all the talk about home invasions. I have a gun on me except when sleeping, showering and changing clothes/guns and then I have a gun within arm's reach. How does it impact your life NOT to just to incorporate always having a gun with you? If you have clothes on you can wear a gun and you generally always wear clothes. Because not having it can impact you for the rest of your life, IF you live. I just don't make it a big deal to always have it. It just is.
    Gun control can be blamed in part for allowing 9/11 to happen.
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    Since you are in Summerville, SC..why not check this link: Summerville Crime Statistics and Crime Data (Summerville, SC)

    Looks like two areas that exceed the NATIONAL average are "Rapes" (you DO want to protect the lil lady don't you) and "Larceny/Thefts" (hmm, do you reckon that means home invasions are included).

    Oh, here's another link: Summerville crime rates and statistics - Neighborhood Scout

    Using that second link, study the statistics for Summerville. Looks like it's not the "safe area" you think it is.

    With all that being said, I personally carry every place I legally can carry, including at home. I just live up the road from you in Florence, so I'm sure we get some of your "overflow" bad guys heading in our direction. Am I paranoid..NO...am I prepared...YES... The choice is yours.
    Sometimes in life you have to stand your ground. It's a hard lesson to learn and even most adults don't get it, but in the end only I can be responsible for my life. If faced with any type of adversity, only I can overcome it. Waiting for someone else to take responsibility is a long fruitless wait.

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    I'm not going to carry all the time. I have guns close by in every room I spend significant time in, and its a small house. What I'm focusing on now, is hardening my house. Putting shattersafe film on every window. Hardening the door frames. Putting a secure plexiglass security front door in front so we can answer the door and see who is there, without giving them access to the house.

    The idea is: give me the five seconds I need to get a gun in my hand.

    Talk about statistics though, home invasion is very rare. Based on PD stats in the 5 miles around my neighborhood, I have a .3% of a home invasion occurring in given year (there were 18 last year). No one was hurt in any of those.

    The true hardcore home invasions, while gruesome beyond description are much less likely than many other hazards you should probably be looking into first.

    In fact just based on statistics, you should probably get trained as an EMT before you take extensive firearms training if your primary concern is just to save the lives of your loved ones. Let's face it, a lot of us just have a gun fetish and think it would be pretty bad-ass to waste a scumbag. I don't think anyone whose ever actually been in a shooting feels that way about it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nutz4utwo View Post
    As I would expect, most members here will tell you to carry every waking moment. That includes at home, while at work, and everywhere in between.

    My take on it is no one can be condition yellow all the time and it is necessary to relax once and a while. At home is the perfect place to do it. If someone feels the need to carry at home, I would recommend they move somewhere safer and get some BIG dogs!

    It takes only a 10 seconds to open a safe and access all the "toys"

    I am cautious and prepared, but I try not to live in fear...
    Very sensible. I too am cautious and prepared, but I don't live in fear. Just because someone posts a link to some home invasion that happened in a different state and neighborhood doesn't mean it's going to happen to you today.

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    I live in a rural area in the NC mountains. Several years ago three generations of a dear family in our area were murdered by two heartless predators. They lived in a small quite community, not much crime. Most people never locked their doors. The two predators from out of town running from the law entered the home to steal a vehicle. They duct taped the 70 year old couple. When confronted by the son they proceded to shoot him in the face with a shotgun. They also shot the sons wife and followed the couples 14 year old daughter to a bedroom and shot her also. They returned to the 70 year old couple and shot both of them. NO one would have thought this could happen in our community. I just cant help but think some of this family might be alive if they had a gun on their hip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fcolins357 View Post
    I mean, there haven't been any break-ins in our neighborhood. The crime rate is pretty low actually.
    Q: "How often do people get killed around here?"
    A: "They only get killed once."

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    The more times you use a hammer the more likely you'll mash your finger. And with a loaded gun the results could be very traumatic!
    The time you are most likely to have an accident with your gun is when you are putting it on or taking it off. The gun is not going to go off just sitting there in a holster on your hip. Handling a gun is what exposes you to the risk of an ND. Carrying it does not. Taking the gun off and putting it back on every time you enter or leave your home is more dangerous than carrying all the time.

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    Bad things can happen anytime, anywhere, therefore I carry all the time, everywhere I legally can.
    At any time there is a firearm on my body or within arms reach, always, period.
    Disclaimer: The posts made by this member are only the members opinion, not a reflection on anyone else, nor the group, and should not be cause for anyone to get their undergarments wedged in an uncomfortable position.

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    My take on it is no one can be condition yellow all the time and it is necessary to relax once and a while. At home is the perfect place to do it. If someone feels the need to carry at home, I would recommend they move somewhere safer and get some BIG dogs!
    I have two large GSD and I go into Condition orange when they bark. Because they only bark when something is out there.

    Condition Yellow is a fact of life. 10 Years USMC infantry, 35 years LEO or criminal investigator, When you send people to jail, Condition White is not an option, they seem to resent the company they are force to keep.

    After a while Condition Yellow is a normal condition and you don't even think about it.

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    You should have a loaded handgun on your person at all times. All other members of your family, assuming they are old enough, should also have a loaded handgun on their person at all times. I am of course including your wife assuming you are married. Unfortunately wives usually consider it too inconvenient to go armed. My wife keeps her weapon in her purse so I consider her to be unarmed while at home. Having everybody armed sounds extreme but is actually very rational. Here's why.

    It doesn't matter where you live. From the inner city to the most remote locale you can think of you are not guaranteed there will not be an attack. Think you're safe living way out in the country? There have been numerous cases of entire families who lived in the middle of nowhere being murdered. People who lived on remote farms. Wouldn't you want immediate access, (on your hip) to a loaded firearm if someone showed up and started slashing the family. What if dad goes down during the first five seconds of an attack? That's when the rest of the family will be glad they have a gun on their hip and know how to use it. Killers, rapist, and thugs do walk among us. Who knows when they might show up at our door. It's not my intention to frighten anyone but we ignore reality at our own peril.
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