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Old 05-13-2012, 12:07 PM   #169
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I keep a machete in my AS. It is a tool, but I suppose it could be rather persuasive if it needed to. there is also a very interesting provenance that goes along with it...a great campfire story.

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:08 PM   #170
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I am going to give my opinion on this topic because it is one I am passionate about. That being said I am not going to get into the argument if we should be allowed to carry, democrats vs. republicans, dark side vs. jedi, etc. I am going to give my views and some of my experiences I've had while carrying a weapon. If you don't like my opinion, it won't hurt my feelings but I will not resort to personal attacks on you and I expect the same in return.

I have been around weapons my entire life and I have been carrying concealed for the past 10 years and have had to draw on three separate occasions where someone tried to rob/carjack me in nice areas. Thankfully I didn't have to use my weapon on them, but I have also used weapons in combat in Afghanistan and know what it is like to actually do so. I am one of the many who was able to protect themselves because I was carrying a weapon.

If you are going to carry a weapon, know how to use it. Practice how to use it and carry it. If you are going to need a weapon then you will need it when you least expect it so I always keep mine close by. Situational awareness will get you out of most bad situations more than a weapon will so stay aware of your surroundings.

Don't have an ego if you are going to carry. I have had people try to pick fights with me while I am carrying a pistol and I just walk away. NEVER use a weapon to try and win an argument because you'll end up with a felony against you.

Using a weapon on someone in a situation where it's your life or theirs is easier than most people realize. It's dealing with the after effects that are harder, trust me. Being prepared mentally will help you with that, and knowing the gun laws/ lethal force laws in the state you're in will help if you have to use a weapon.

Bottom line is that if you cannot take a life then don't carry a weapon. Not everyone can and that's ok. If you do carry a weapon then get all the training you can.

I carry a weapon because I don't have a police officer following me everywhere I go to protect me, and I refuse to be a victim.

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:10 PM   #171
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And of course another point if view.

Have your guns, I have mine and know how to use them. But I do not believe it is appropriate to bring them to the campground.

If you must, then bring them. But don't suggest that its a good idea for all. They may not have your skill and sound judgement.

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:16 PM   #172
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There are lots of people over the years I've met who I would have liked to have shot including both of my brothers. Instead I've fought both of them even as adults. Last time it was over shares on a fishing boat. I was walking away and my brother threw a Sockeye Salmon at me and hit me in the head. If I would have had a gun I would have emptied it on him. Instead, I just beat him up. These are the kinds of situations that worry me about people carrying firearms with little or no training. Sometimes your emotions get the best of you and you react with whatever you have. Proper training both in firearm safety and situational specific stress training and you can pack all you want.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:31 PM   #173
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Smile Debate

Kinds reminds me of the diesel vs. gas or the 2 wheel drive vs. 4 wheel drive arguments, er debates er discussions.
Glad I live in a great country where I have the rights , ability and wherewithal to do as I chose.

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Old 05-13-2012, 12:36 PM   #174
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As FLMarine touched on, an interesting paradox is that walking around with a handgun in your pocket would contribute to making a person more aggressive, but in reality, the opposite is true.

Since obtaining my permit, I'm MUCH more sensitive to situations that could potentially escalate in to some kind of confrontation (including road rage), and I simply walk away, so to speak, because I'm acutely aware of the consequences.
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