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3 men standing in line at the Walmart pharmacy pick up line this afternoon all open carrying semi autos and all at least 70 years old. They did not seem to know one another. I profiled accordingly and just tipped my hat.
I profile all the time and so does everyone else even if they deny it.

I know Walmart has a no open carry policy but, not so much in this part of Wyoming.
 

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All humans profile. it is a natural thing. We are hard wired to assess threats. There is nothing wrong with it.
It is a big part of my situational awareness. Not necessarily a racial thing. Threats come in all shapes and colors.
Just as worried about some white tweaker as a inner city thug.
Yes, just being realistic.

Black males are 6.3% of the population and do 52.5% of the murder, 62% of the robbery and 56% of the carjacking in the USA.

Stats from: National Crime Victimization Survey / Wikipedia
 

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I don't care what he's wearing. I don't care about his ethnicity. It's my experience that if someone's carrying a gun in a holster...cool. If he just has the gun stuffed into his pants..."Danger Will Robinson!"
 

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Yep, I profile on a regular basis.
I worked a crowd recently at an entertainment venue. That crowd is usually 99.9% white.

A big guy, 6'2" 260-80lbs, early 50's, muscle shirt and shorts, pocket carrying a snubby, left front. He had that presence of being in control. The three younger guys he was with were all military. No threat, but they stood out from the normal crowd.
They made it a point to come over and thank my partner and I for doing what we do. That's when the big guy realized we were unarmed. He looked at his friends and told them to keep their eyes open. "If they need help, we're here. "

I spent some time visiting with them off and on through the evening. Two white guys and two black guys all had served on the same ship at one time. Two still in, one medical discharged and the big guy retired from the Marines with 30 years.
All four told me I was braver than them to put a uniform on unarmed and go to work under the present conditions. I told them that I do this to give back to people like them who appreciate and respect those who serve.

It is easy to see all the negatives around us.
The fact is, there are a whole lot more positives if we look for them.
I didn't expect trouble that night with the type of crowd that usually comes. There is seldom any trouble and when there is it's usually pretty minor. With all that is going on and the restrictions for reopening, tempers are short. Knowing there are people who are willing to come to the aid of LE just makes the job easier.

Sorry, long story to make a point. Had I profiled strictly on color, these guys would have been front and center in my radar. They stood out from the normal red neck crowd. But by looking past color at presentation and behaviour they were a non-threat.
 

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I don't understand you people, he is probably and outstanding citizen, pillar of his community, deacon in his church. He just forgot his holster, see you panic for nothing. Me, I would probably just pull my pistol out so this citizen could see it and know I had his back.
 

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I’m unlikely to make those mistakes.
Profiling is a useful survival skill.
^^^ this, not that I never make a mistake but I do not get myself in this kind of predicament. Maybe it’s a luxury, but I keep my behind home. Most shopping is done on-line if possible, this includes food too in most cases.

Yes profiling is useful, it’s used in other countries and they have benefited from it [ie: Israel] so we should here too.
 
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My wife who is bedridden was watching some Zen dog whisperer type show for most of the afternoon. I'd watch with her for a while. What was fun was to watch the dogs profile each other. We can get in trouble when we enter strange neighborhoods, don't know the people or time has gone by and things have changed that we are not aware of. My level of awareness and profiling was at it's highest growing up in NYC in the 50's and 60's. Going back to visit the old neighborhoods, you can get in trouble easily since most change with time. Everything changes with time. How many years have gone by and how complacent have many become. I'm not as aware as I used to be. I'm not in the thick of a big city anymore. More time is spent in cars and better neighborhoods. But some things never change and there will always be wolves preying on the sheep or anything or anyone they can get something from.

If I'm on foot, I occasionally catch myself doing the turn around as I walk. Not as much as I used to, but I still like to know what is around and behind me. I don't have near the apprehension I once had growing up. I was all over the big city, on the subways and buses and on foot. Back then the neighborhood gangs and turf wars could be a problem. I find myself wishing that Antifa would have to deal with that today.
 

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Well, we've been profiling for like 30,000 years. We won't get any better at it regardless of technology and constitutional government.
 

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I can tell you if I break down in north St. Louis and some cat with a gun in his waist band starts waling towards me, I'm not thinking he's there to get the spare out of my trunk or help flag down the AAA dude. You bet I profile.
 
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Profiling can get you in trouble too.

A little different scenario - Guy walks across the street to a well known high end Cadillac dealership in our area, all disheveled , wife-beater tank, hair scrawny and dripping with moisture (and not from a shower). Upon entering the dealership, the sales guy promptly escorts him back outside as to not upset the customers looking to buy a car. Salesguy firmly escorts the guy from the lot and says not to come back. Said moisture guy, was working on his car across the street, needed a part, and wanted to order the needed parts from the parts counter as he had done in the past. Upon returning home a few minutes later, he called his lawyer, setup the necessary discussions, following week, he walked back to the dealership wearing the same outfit, took ownership of the dealership, and promptly fired the sales guy who escorted him out. Granted, not the same as having a weapon but situational awareness can be useful as well as problematic. I guess it helps to communicate before drawing your conclusions.
 

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Humans always want to put things in boxes. Profiling was evolved to survive encounters with unknowns. We compare them to what we know, and if enough boxes are checked react accordingly.
 
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