I would like to say that your post was very well written and very mature. Thank you for the complements, you open mindedness and your service to society!!Actually its not that silly. Some "gangstas" and non-gangstas do this crap on a regular basis (do things for show and brag about it, make street status symbol). They try to "one-up" the other guy for status within their gang/hood and in competition with other gangs. Especially if they are with other fellow gang members, in view of rival gang members, or--most of time even worse--in front of their women.
We see this quite regularly with and within the rivaling biker gangs, the black vs hispanic, black vs asian, hispanic vs asian, white vs black.....etc etc etc gangs. Just like they try to out-do the others in marking out graffiti and putting on their own, they try to constantly looker bigger, "badder", and more bold than their rivals. This isn't me just rattling off words and my opinion. Its based on my LE experience, training, and gang awareness studies including Mexican drug cartels, bloods/crips and all their sub-associations, and biker gangs.
Now granted, not all turds of society are in gangs and they don't all act the same, but what dukalmighty was saying does happen, not every time stealing someone's gun, but the mindset and actions do occur. We've had guys here fight the cops and it elevated them within their circle of dirtbag thug friends according to what we've been told by informants and some of their associates.
There is a reason why cops carry retention holsters. There is a reason why you yourself carry one. Thugs are unpredictable. I've seen people on alcohol/meth/crack/marijuana (and combinations of any of the above) do some things that a normal person wouldn't think about doing. We've had some try to get guns away from cops. If they are that brazen and bold they would dang sure try it from someone not in uniform if the situation was right.
That being said, a turd lookin for a quick score in the walmart parking lot will most likely not target you carrying a visible gun on your hip vs the mom with purse on her shoulder with 2 kids in tow. Does that mean it won't ever happen? no, some turd with a buddy might look at that and think we'll take his wallet and his gun, its 2 on 1
Kootsoup, I'm not discounting what you saw, heard, experienced with the turds you grew up with/around. You have learned things from your perspective. Don't discount criminals in other areas of the country, other aspects of criminality, gangs, etc. Some will tell their fellow turds how dumb they are to attempt to attack someone that is armed, others will look at it as a bigger trophy.
I agree with you....criminals are people, and they come in every shape, size, level of competence and skill, and level of ruthlessness.
They all use logic as you say, and we all know their logic is idiotic, hateful, and criminal. However, I think you are limiting the scope of your outlook on what these thugs will or can do.
And yeah....those of us in LE know these tools make fun of us, talk trash about us, etc etc etc. We deal with them every day. We get info from informants on their behaviors, likes/dislikes, how they brag about their actions, and try to be more impressive than the other tools. I've had my life threatened, been told by the tools I was dealing with that they will catch me and my family when I don't have my badge and gun (which by the way NEVER happens lol), etc. There is a reason that while I'm at work my wife sleeps with a Glock 26 on the nightstand and an AR-15 and Mossberg 500 within the bedroom. I do the same when I'm at home. We've had turds confront officers off-duty with their family at the mall, walmart, and even one time at their house.
Kootsoup....kudos to you for getting out of your situation alive and non-criminal. Kudos to you for exercising your right to self-defense.