Conceal carry changed my life

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Dearhunter, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Its been three years now carrying. Was not long after I began carrying I noticed a change in me. I drove my car slower, more polite, and more courteous and much more tolerant of others in traffic. I Also noted I was a lot more friendly and more courteous to people in general. I have always been an outgoing person, but even more so now days. Any of you experience any of these carry symptoms?
     
  2. Jagermeister

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    German gov expects gun owners to be good citizens. Only police and hunters are seen with guns in public. We are given trust. So yes, I am a saint. Do not want to lose the privilege of gun ownership.
     

  3. Rick1967

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    Carrying a gun is a massive responsibility. When we decide to do it we must grow up and stop acting like children. Someone that carries should never give someone the finger or pick a fight in any way. I am glad to hear that you have figured it out too. Too bad that there are still some of us out there that still don't know how to act like grown ups.
     
  4. Tackleberry1

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    Concel carry changed my life



    Very common... Every gun toter I know gets more polite while armed. It's the reality of the legal ****storm we all know we'd face if we ever had to use it.



    Personally... The only armed folks who concern me are the ones who don't experience this.



    Tack
     
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  5. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Concel carry changed my life

    I was just Telling MzGrn today in the Escape( after leaving H&R Block) that we need to work even harder at avoiding "issues". So what happens? An old women needs to make a turn into the Lot were leaving out of and stops dead in front of us and stares at us like were from Jupiter. I wasn't the one cursing....;-)

    Edit: Issues!!
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  6. therewolf

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    I find it helps, especially in the winter. The seniors and snowbirds are

    inconsiderate, slow, and demonstrate signs of ignorance,

    arrogance, memory issues, and stupidity. They just flit about,

    rudely unmindful of others. Patience is a shopworn virtue down

    here.
     
  7. TekGreg

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    If you are aware of the awesome responsibility that carrying a weapon has, it is not surprising that each person would recognize a fundamental change in attitude after doing it for a while. While there is the legal aspect of it, we also realize the morality of taking someone's life. If we do nothing to provoke a person and are attacked anyway, then we have the moral high ground to LEO, prosecutors and ourselves. But when you are involved in inciting or escalating a situation, everything becomes a different shade of grey and we wonder just how much of it was our fault.

    As an example of "high ground," Massad Ayoob once suggested carrying a $20 wrapped around a matchbook at all times. When confronted by a possible attacker or attackers, he suggests throwing this down and stating, "We don't want any problems. Let me buy you guys a round of drinks." This shows you went above and beyond in trying to avoid the encounter to everyone involved, especially if it comes to having to harm someone.

    Congratulations on being self-aware of your transformation. I'm sure it will help you in many other walks of life. And, it's amazing that a gun could make us all better people, isn't it? Well, everyone except MountainMan...:eek: :cool:
     
  8. Gatoragn

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    Sounds like requirements for residing in The Villages. ;)
     
  9. eatmydust

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    Just last week, I mentioned to my wife that I find myself biting my tongue more often and being very calm behind the wheel, when I carry concealed. There is no need to have minor things escalate to a point of no return, IMO.
     
  10. Vincine

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    Which comes first?
    Does one become more mature because one is now carrying a gun?
    Or does decide to carry a gun because they've become more mature?

    Me thinks chicken & egg.
     
  11. JonM

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    This was my entire point during the zimmerman escapades in florida. He went above and beyound to insert himself in someone elses business yet was lauded a "hero" when he used his firearm to extricate himself from a situation he alone created...

    In general an armed society is a polite one but when you have a manchild going armed and acting like a douche your going to have incidents. When it occurs the rest of us can't treat such behaviour as heroic.
     
  12. Vincine

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    Permit to rephase myself:

    Do SOME people become more mature because one is now carrying a gun?
    Or do SOME people decide to carry a gun because they've become more mature?

    Thank you.
     
  13. wittmeba

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    I'm new to carrying.

    I knew before I started carrying I had accepted the responsibility that goes with CC and at the same time decided to completely stop drinking (didn't drink much but beer, almost never hard liquor). It was easy to give it up. I love Dos Equis with Mexican food but I just won't do it again.

    I enjoy Sports Bars...the crowd (to an extent), lights, music, glass, mirrors and watching people but I can still enjoy but without alcohol.

    Shift of topic: What do you think the anti's would say if they read a thread like this? Think they would believe us?
     
  14. wittmeba

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    I'm with Jon about the TM GZ case. I still have lots of questions but they will never be answered.
     
  15. JTJ

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    There are several of us on the forum that resemble that remark. Some day you may be a senior. I made it because I was carrying when I was younger. I too live in a snowbird haven and I do know what you mean but it is common courtesy to make allowances for people that just cant move or think that fast anymore or have not figured out the difference between mph and kph.
     
  16. c3shooter

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    Famous quote from one of Robert Heinlein's works- "An armed society is a polite society."

    You SHOULD feel that you have a duty to hold YOURSELF to a higher standard of behavior than others.

    Years back, grandmunchkin had a friend staying over- I was taking them out to eat. Little 7 yr old noted my carry as I was putting on my jacket. She asked the grandmunchkin "Why does your Grampa wear a gun?" Grandmunchkin looked at her, rolled eyes the way only a young girl can, said "Silly! 'Cause he is the grownup."
     
  17. AIKIJUTSU

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    Yep. When I read your post, I could tell you were talking about Florida before I even looked at your avatar and info.
    Florida has been invaded by a bunch of old geezers from the north, who have moolah, and used to be bigshots before they retired to Florida. A bunxh of aholes.
     
  18. AIKIJUTSU

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    When I was young (yes, I really was young once), I was involved in 4 oriental martial arts. I learned to be polite, and to avoid trouble if possible. Then I joined the Marine Corps, became an officer, but NOT a gentleman. I was pretty "salty", and was indeed "first to fight". After I did my service, I bought some guns, and got my first carry permit in 1968. I also resumed participation in the martial arts. Both the CWP and the martial arts quickly calmed me down, and I re-learned the need to "speak softly but carry a big stick". It is far better to treat other people with respect, and to keep a low profile. That way, if the S ever does HTF, there will be no question of whether you started the confrontation or not.
     
  19. rifleman1

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    the first class i sat through to get my cc permit this was a big conversation,because the instructor did not have a cc permit himself and explained that he knew his head was not cool enough and that we all should reflect on our own personalities and how we feel we would actually behave while carrying.
    it indeed has had an enormous affect on my behaiver.
     
  20. therewolf

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    Yeah, see, these people are WAY BEYOND that "poor little old lady"

    crap. They are intentionally rude, and use the "senior citizen

    compassion" dodge as a bully-bat to get away with acting like

    swaggering poltroons in public. I feel like a prisoner in my home on

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and when the Eagle Flies, because the

    sea of arrogant humanity, being intentionally selfishly rude, would

    test Jesus's most tolerant saints; I intentionally stay home as much

    as possible, during those periods. Because the sad fact abounds, here,

    that these people enjoy acting this way.