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Yes, I carry a concealed fire arm.
I live in a horrid neighborhood and work in one thats even worse. I've seen people shot outside my windows during lunch breaks and I've been awaken at night by shoot outs in the house next door to mine.
I know the question will aise, "Have you shot anyone?"
Answer of that is yes again and it makes me sick. I have shot 3 people attempting to take my life or trying to bring harm to me. Wish I didn't have to, but I wouldn't be typing this if I didn't have a handgun on me.
I'm no gun crazed lunatic, I'm not out there to kill someone, I just want to live. Law makers and anti-gun activists don't know what its like. They haven't been out side and watched someone run by you shooting backwards because a crowd of kids is chasing him. I bet their mothers don't walk to the super market with a .44 in their purse.
I apologize if this sund like a rant or if I'm venting. I know there are some rather intelligent people in this forum and I respect your opinions.
I was just wondering how people felt about concealed fire arms in general.
Do you carry?
If so have you ever had to defend yourself?
Have you ever witnessed this type of violence?
I'm fortunate to say that no, I don't carry (not even old enough, but hey). I live in a college town and it's a very "clean" place, so to speak. Very low crime levels, as far as I can tell.
The worst it gets here is a mob of drunk college kids, most notably on football nights, but all we have to do is stay away from them and they won't bother us, anyways.
My dad, being a former law enforcement officer, does have a few firearms in the household but none are carried.
I am really sad that our society has forced upon some people, in some areas, the need to carry concealed firearms; however, I have nothing against these people and I understand that there is a need for it, and that our society pretty much forced this need on them, not the other way around.
Holy s**t man how did your neighborhood get like that?
I can't answer your other questions really as Australia is so unlike that situation that anything I said about guns would just be spouting hot air.
But I'll tell you my experiences of violence in general. I have had to defend myself on several occasions in fist fights, and been in one fight involving bricks, bats and fence palings, but I come from a town with a high aboriginal population and lots of racial tension. Most of Australia is more peaceful than that. Oh and a bunch of dudes once threatened me with a knife so I just stood there stone-still and silent and let them insult me until they got bored and left with my wallet. I'm not going to endanger the lives of myself or others (even criminals) for something as silly as money or pride.
I have never seen a handgun outside of a police officer's belt and I hope it stays that way...
Last edited by Kahoolin; November 17th, 2005 at 22:26.
Hell yeah I'm strapped. You kidding?
I have a Glock 31 and a concealed weapons permit. It's always tucked in my belt or under my arm whenever I might need it.
My mother carries a Glock 26, it's a subcompact 9mm. Whenever she pulls up to an ATM machine, she puts it on her lap. I feel sorry for the poor dumb bastard that tries to rob my mother at the ATM.
My father has a whole case of handguns. On any given day he's carrying one of them, and who knows which one.
Most of my brothers have rifles because they aren't old enough for a concealed weapons permit, but I'm sure they'll carry when it's their time too.
Have I ever had to defend myself? Nope, not yet, but if I ever do, then I can at least stand on even ground with the armed criminals I'll be up against.
Have I ever witnessed this type of violence? No, cause if I had, then I would have been a part of the violence. I'm not just going to stand by idly and watch someone get robbed or beat up.
This thread scares me.
I've never even seen an actual gun that wasn't in a case, short of one on a cop's belt.
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That's not the full auto Glock is it? Is it 9mm?Originally Posted by H0urg1ass
Yes I do like guns, but live in Australia so they are a bit of a no-no. If I ever decied to get a junior gun licence (Im a bit too lazy) I would get it for a handgun. The town I live in is a bit dangerous, and I don't take insults lightly, so intimadation is a big option for me. Im a bit :wacko: I know.....
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Funny thing is, a gun is a force 10 weapon (no I'm not talking about wargaming here) and if you are brandishing it to supposedly 'intimidate' someone, they have every legal right to kill you. Of course they would still get charged for manslaughter, even if it was in self-defence. In other words, a gun is not the best intimidation tool.Originally Posted by warrior poet
Oh, and a Glock 31 is not a full auto, it's a .357 cal. Still, it's a very nice gun, used by New Mexico's state troopers if I'm not mistaken.
Being Canadian we're not supposed to like guns, but I think that legal guns can prevent crime.
In Canada we spent 2 Billion dollars for a gun registry that we alread basically had. What did it do? It registered half of the legally bought guns. (half of the people like me said "screw it" and did not register.).
The fact is that most of the crimes are done by people with illegally purchased/stolen/swapped guns, not law abiding citizens.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the U.S. states that introduced concealed firearms legislation see decreases in violent crime? Yes I do think that in some U.S. states it is too easy to buy a gun, and that does lead to crime itself, but in general, legal gun owners are not the ones doing the crimes.
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I agree with Broadside_pilot that this is a scary thread, and sad too, because in a perfect world no one would have to carry concealed weapons. I realise that some individuals, such as police officers and soldiers, need the presence of firearms to do their job, but the idea of giving civilians guns and let them carry these guns around frightens me. I realise it might be necessary in some countries that have a very ineffective gun politic and very rough criminals, but it still scares me. I have never seen a gun in real life myself, let alone heard one fired, so I can’t even imagine living with guns as a part of my everyday life.
I don’t think I would ever carry a concealed weapon; rather, I’d make sure to live where none was necessary. Realising that I might one day need to defend myself against attackers I have taken self-defence classes for a few years, and I am fully convinced that this is all I will ever need. People aren’t shot very often in this country because so few people have access to weapons; usually it’s the police doing the shooting, and I have no disagreements with the police. I agree with Lost Nemesis, though; I don’t blame people for owning and carrying guns to defend themselves; I’d only wish it wasn’t necessary.
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