I should start by saying that I didn't grow up around guns and lived my life just fine without ever firing one until I reached my early to forties. So there I was, living my sheepish existance. Gradually, I became aware that I was getting older, slower and feeling more vulnerable when out and about. The feeling was strongest at bank ATMs, leaving restaurants with my wife in the dark, and walking through parking garages. I was not personally the victim of any crime or threats. The rise of Jihadist violence around the world and the 9/11/2001 attacks here in the USA also weighed into my decision. As a Jew, I felt like a potential terrorist target, especially when attending synagogue or other Jewish community functions. So I got my permit and started carrying when these feelings got strong enough that I could no longer ignore them.
A couple of months after starting to carry, our adult daughter and a group of her friends were robbed at gunpoint in an outdoor picnic area inside an apartment complex. Her bad experience cemented my resolve to carry whenever legal to do so and also convinced my wife that it was the right thing for me to do.
I voted other. I have varied reasons for concealed carry. Mostly it's my Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. However, personal safety would be the most valid reason. I have the right to self protection from anyone who may want to injure or kill me, a loved one or anyone for that matter.
I don't live in a high crime area, but crime is creeping in, mostly home invasion. Walking around my area is resonably safe, but like some one here says, crime can happen "anytime, anywhere, any place". I have yet to be a victim of crime, but why wouldn't I want to be prepared in case of it? That is the reason why I want the permit to carry a concealed weapon, because you never know when it will happen.
Carrying is not a political act for me. I'm not doing it to make a "statement". I don't carry as a result of a specific criminal act, although I've been an intended target before. I don't live or work in a high crime area, or engage in inherently hazardous activities. The odds are great that I'll never again have to draw a weapon to defend myself or anyone else.
It's just a matter of common sense. I can't control when or where an act of violence may be directed against me or my loved ones. It's a logical act to take prudent measures of self-protection. In the grand scheme of things, it costs me very little to be prepared, but the cost of failing to be so is incredibly high.
you never know when or where a BG will be. i don't worry to much about my house because i have 7 dogs and 3 of them will bite you. you just have to figure out which 3 are the mean ones.
also the more people that are willing to exercise their right to carry and defend themselves the harder it will be for the goverment to take our right away. i never really had an interest in carrying before this new goverment took over but now i feel i need to exercise my right and do my part to help keep our rights. i hope i'm worrying over something that will never become an issue. i never grew up with guns in our house but we're going to take some courses and teach my kids about guns and that guns aren't the problem, bad people are.
In my professional life I have to deal with the best and worse society has to offer. Sometimes those who lead themselves toward the worse of society don't remember much of the time they spent with me. They do remember my face, and they remember some how I was involved in the night they get arrested. Then they see me in the street and think i'm one of the cops that got them in trouble. (The drugs and illegal behavior didn't have anything to do with it of course.)
I have to see the random violence.
I have to serve restraining orders to people who think it's ok to beat their wives.
And I have come to realize that law enforcement and goverment officals won't be there when I need them. On average where I live it takes the 911 Center 3 mins to get a call in and get the police units rolling to the location of the emergency. Thats a lot of time to have to deal with a bad apple. In fact it's 2 min and 59 seconds to long.
I voted other, only because most of the choices are correct. Its my right, I live NEAR high crime area, work related, and I have had to use it which prevented myself from becoming a victim. But mostly I carry for my safty, my familys safty, and because I just feel "naked" without it.
I once thought that the whole world was getting crazier by the day.
After I became a Deputy Sheriff 10 years ago, it wasn't long after that I became completely convinced that it is a fact.
I have been a CHL Instructor since 95'. Although I carried, I didn't feel the need to carry everywhere.
I have since matured.
A couple of eye opening experiences along the way convinced me to never leave home without it, because the one time you leave it at the house because you are just going to Walmart or the PDQ for a couple of minutes is the one time you will need it.
Violence is going to happen somewhere. Whether you will be involved or not is probably not a matter of "if" but likely a matter of "when".
I used to think that living in small town America where everyone knows everyone that I was somewhat shielded from the stuff that we always read about or see on TV happening some where else. At one time that may have actually been true.
Now that we have a whole generation of people that have learned to live without respect for anything,that is no longer the case.
I chose right to keep and bear arms as the reason I got my CCW permit.
Some of the other reasons fit why I have guns. I did not all of a sudden gain the ability to have a weapon with my permit. I only gained the right to carry it on my person.
I always wanted to get a permit. Then one of my friends signed up and I decided to take the class with him. I wanted to be sure to get a permit right away in case the right to have one was taken away, or if the powers that be chose to stop issuing Concealed Carry permits.
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