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Chris78 12-26-2011 11:34 PM

A conversation with a coworker
The other day I was having a conversation with a coworker, generally on the subject of firearms, self defense, and concealed carry. Mind you, we're in Chicago, so I wasn't really expecting the conversation to begin with.

My coworker would really like to be able to carry, and of course I completely agree that he should be able to, but that's a political discussion that is going to be a long, hard fight in this city.

I found myself telling him that as much as I would like it to be legal here just because of the reduction in crime that generally comes with an armed populous, I don't want to constantly carry and feel like I'm in a war zone.

I know there is no right or wrong on the personal decision to legally carry, but I'm wondering what everyone's opinion is; probably more so from people in the free states, about feeling like you're going into combat when leaving the house while carrying. Is this a necessary feeling to come to terms with to be able to carry comfortably? Or is it the sort of thing that just becomes natural after a while, like always having your keys and wallet?


Stay safe, stay prepared

trip286 12-26-2011 11:42 PM

It comes natural after a little bit.
I don't feel like I'm going into a war zone. On the same note, I don't carry a tool box because I'm a mechanic, I keep it because my truck is old.
I don't carry a gun because I'm fighting crime or Al Queda, I carry it because some folks like to get stupid.
Luckily, I use the tool box much more than my gun.

danf_fl 12-27-2011 12:02 AM

I personally don't think I want the play the odds of someone thinking I may not be carrying.

Reality check is that there are more unarmed people than armed. But by all reports, major crime rates seem to be going down with more people getting their CWP.

I don't think of this as a war. But I have fire extinguishers and first aid kits nearby. And the firearm.

fmj 12-27-2011 12:18 AM

Chris, not to sound like an ass...but your "walking into a war zone" statement tells me you have been indoctrinated by the Chitcago machine.

We live in the free state of IN, IL neighbor east and we dont have the "War zone" mentality.

Carrying is just something you do (if you so choose) because you "Just never know".

If you havent already noticed, the streets of Chitcago already ARE a war zone!!!

WilliamTF 12-27-2011 12:27 AM

I live in VA I carry all the time. Initially I felt kinda strange in public with it ,like everyone knows but ofcourse they don't. Now I feel naked without it, and trust me that ain't a pretty sight.

nccinstaller 12-27-2011 02:05 AM

I find it nice to be prepared to defend myself or my family if necessary. I dont feel like im going to war everytime i step out of the house. I dont want to be naive either and think that everything is hunky dory. I have never been forced to draw or really even think about drawing my weapon but you never know what this life holds in the future

Glock27SC 12-27-2011 02:20 AM

I have to agree it did seem a little bit nervous the first couple of days I wasn't use to having that card in my wallet. But it does feel good to know that you are capable of having it as a citizen. I haven't had to pull my gun out on anyone but is prepared. I carry I small Glock,27 so I don't feel like i'm going to war it's light.

Chris78 12-27-2011 02:22 AM

I want to thank everyone that has replied so far.

FMJ - trust me, I know that Chicago is a war zone. It was bad 8 years ago when I joined the service (Navy, just call me a REMF), and it's only gotten worse. The crime has been moving into the areas of the city that have always been considered safe. But even after being in California for the past eight years, Chicago is still home, and I had to come back. Even with all that's wrong here.

Stay safe, stay prepared

TimKS 12-27-2011 02:35 AM

"........just becomes natural after a while, like always having your keys and wallet."

Yep, it's like this for me. :)

ScottA 12-27-2011 02:52 AM

I carry daily and it stays in my pocket until I head across the river into IL.

I do not feel like I'm in a war zone at all.

Think of it this way... I doubt anyone here would think of not carrying fire insurance on their home. The odds of being a victim of violent crime is greater than the odds of needing to use your fire insurance to cover any loss.

Carrying is simply insurance. I keep it, but I hope I never have to use it.

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