On My Way To The Mall...

On My Way To The Mall...

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    On My Way To The Mall...

    I was out of town for my youngest daughters twelfth birthday so I promised her that we would go out together and shop for a special present from just me when I got back. So I'm getting ready this morning and I slip my LCP .380 in my pocket and I started to think....I'm going to the mall with my most precious belonging, I need to carry something more substantial. So I grabbed my 9mm, extra mag and my Spyderco. It sucks that we have to think that way but I'm thankful we are able to. Thanks to all of my fellow vets that served and has help to protect our rights!
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    Good thought process IMHO. The environment and your threat assessment should always drive your choice of carry.
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    Are mall thugs more bullet resistant than convenience store thugs? Personally, I would be confident in a firearm/caliber regardless of destination or not carry it--even though I do carry different makes and calibers on any given day. Destination wise, I may carry extra ammo though.
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    Good judgement exercised.
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    Mall thugs aren't more resilient, thugs are thugs. With me, the rationale behind carrying a "more substantial" weapon, as the OP put it, would be based on the different type of threat, he may be faced with, at a mall, vs a convenience store. A higher concentration of people, with many malls declaring themselves as weapon free zones, either openly or within their "Code of Conduct", means if you were to tailor your load out to your destination, that it would be justifiable to up your caliber and/or round count to mitigate the increase in probability, that a larger, better armed attack could take place.
    We don't often hear about mass shootings at convenience stores, because they aren't high occupancy/profile targets. If he were to face a threat at a convenience store, it would likely be one or two "thugs" looking to score some quick cash, smokes, and liquor; as opposed to an attack at a mall or other high profile area, where the objective is body count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckydog View Post
    I was out of town for my youngest daughters twelfth birthday so I promised her that we would go out together and shop for a special present from just me when I got back. So I'm getting ready this morning and I slip my LCP .380 in my pocket and I started to think....I'm going to the mall with my most precious belonging, I need to carry something more substantial. So I grabbed my 9mm, extra mag and my Spyderco. It sucks that we have to think that way but I'm thankful we are able to. Thanks to all of my fellow vets that served and has help to protect our rights!
    Reality is often quite uncomfortable, which is why we see such a high concentration of two-legged sheep who are in such denial about the potential dangers that are out there. The consistent theme after a tragic criminal-driven event are the comments that the sheep repeat "We never thought that could happen HERE."

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    Most malls in the area have gun buster signs.
    Therefore it has been years since I have been to one

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Are mall thugs more bullet resistant than convenience store thugs? Personally, I would be confident in a firearm/caliber regardless of destination or not carry it--even though I do carry different makes and calibers on any given day. Destination wise, I may carry extra ammo though.
    If I thought I had to carry extra ammunition as a specific prerequisite of going anywhere I wouldn't go there
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    Gotta be honest, I simply do not get this mindset.

    But, you do you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikironin21 View Post
    Mall thugs aren't more resilient, thugs are thugs. With me, the rationale behind carrying a "more substantial" weapon, as the OP put it, would be based on the different type of threat, he may be faced with, at a mall, vs a convenience store. A higher concentration of people, with many malls declaring themselves as weapon free zones, either openly or within their "Code of Conduct", means if you were to tailor your load out to your destination, that it would be justifiable to up your caliber and/or round count to mitigate the increase in probability, that a larger, better armed attack could take place.
    We don't often hear about mass shootings at convenience stores, because they aren't high occupancy/profile targets. If he were to face a threat at a convenience store, it would likely be one or two "thugs" looking to score some quick cash, smokes, and liquor; as opposed to an attack at a mall or other high profile area, where the objective is body count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    Gotta be honest, I simply do not get this mindset.

    But, you do you.
    Could you clarify your statement please ?

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    I also adjust caliber based on risk. I don't have to do it much because I don't typically go to an area that isn't low risk (based on areas of town known to be medium to high risk crime areas). As for malls, they are posted where I live. I honestly can't say how many years it has been since I entered ANY mall. If I HAD to guess, I'd say it's been 15+ years.
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    Your probably just as likely to get shot at any 7-Eleven as you are at any mall in America. IMO.

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