Irony

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by bkace4, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. bkace4

    bkace4 New Member

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    A few days ago, I had just returned home from the local gun shop after looking around for a piece for my wife to carry. I've been trying to convince her to get her CCW. She wasn't opposed to the idea, just a bit hesitant. Well, after I talked to her about what I learned from the man at the store, she said she had to run to the store to get some groceries and what not. About 45 min. later I get a phone call from her and she's frantic. Apparently, while in the store, a man started to follower her. At first she didn't think anything of it, but when she went into the baby section to look for a gift for her sister, she realized the man was trying to get closer to her cart and kept watching her. She started to panic a bit, but kept shopping. After several minutes, it was obvious to her that this man was trying to get close enough to take her purse when she wasn't watching. She quickly left and went into an area with more people. When she moved into a more crowded area, another man approached her and started asking her all kinds of questions and getting personal with her. Now she was really panicking. He claimed to be new to the area and was looking for information on this and that. She tried to be brief and let him know she was not in the mood to talk. He left and then a few minutes later, as she was heading to the check out line, he approached her again and this time asked her out for dinner. She about flipped. She instantly called me and said she was afraid to leave the store. She told me what happened and so I told her to wait while I called my cousin, whom I knew was on his way home from work and thought he might be able to swing by the store and escort her out. No answer, so I called her back and stayed on the line while she walked out of the car. I told her to wait until she saw a small crowd leave and to go with them. She made it home safely. When she did get home, she instantly wanted to talk CCW. She was floored that this happened and now understood where I was coming from and is 100% behind me. She wants to start going to the range and learn to shoot my 9mm and we are now in the market for getting her something she can carry in her purse. In the meantime she wants me to get her some pepperspray and a taser.
    The bad news in all of this is, now I have to clean up my act and be on my best behavior..:D

    I was so pissed at first and wanted to go back into the store to find these guys, but on the other hand, once I knew she was safe and she understood what I was trying to tell her, I was glad she came to that awareness.

    Sorry all for the long post. Had to get that out.
     
  2. NOVA

    NOVA New Member

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    I cannot help but wonder what is it about your wife that attracted two men inside the same store. Does she dress in provocative attire?

    You did not ask for advice, but have you considered you and your wife taking self defense courses? I suggest this as a way of getting training on not only how to handle potentially dangerous people, but also how to avoid getting into a dangerous situatuion in the first place.
     

  3. rugerjazzkohai

    rugerjazzkohai New Member

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    Glad she is ok. I'll pass on the same words my friend gave me about my wife..."you're wife is cute so don't get mad and blast every guy who asks her out.". In your case, tell ur wife that a ccw is not the way to turn down a date. All kidding aside it's good to know that she is understanding of a ccw but sad that it took her to be scared before accepting that there are bad people out there. My wife is getting her ccw tomorrow with the sheriffs department that is more based on shooting than on on class time. My ccw was a joke...they had me fire a 22 five times and had me watch a video of a lawyer for two hours. From what my brother tells me about the sheriffs class is that it is an hour lecture of real life scenarios then two hours of range. My wife is not only joining me at the range every other week but now can clear and strip her gun in a malfunction. For her birthday she wants her Glock 19 refinished pink...if the bad guy doesnt die from her shot, he will do to laughter.
     
  4. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    She might want to consider keeping it in her waste. You don't want someone getting her purse and her gun too
     
  5. NOVA

    NOVA New Member

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    If she keeps it in her waste NO ONE will want to touch it. However, keeping it closer to her waist might be a good idea.
     
  6. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    Ya, that's what I meant haha
     
  7. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    Anymore its almost impossible to sense what a person's intentions are. Maybe it was just a normal guy attracted to your wife, or it could have been a sexual predator waiting for the right opportunity to strike. My advice, if a situation like that is to occur again she could talk loudly and clearly and say "WOULD YOU PLEASE STOP FOLLOWING ME". that way other people will hear her and it will draw unwanted attention to the guy. I agree that if she gets a CCW,she should keep the gun on her person. I know that alot of women dont want to carry on their person because they dont like the fact of having to dress around the gun. I am not an advocate of women keeping their CCW inside their purse. A purse is a loose article and is easily snatched or able to be knocked away. I watch my wife all the time, when we are at the store she will put her purse in the shopping cart and will sometimes walk away to look at something if im standing there, that is "no bueno". Just make sure that whatever she chooses to do, she keeps her CCW close to her at all times....good luck with everything
     
  8. boatme98

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    Boy, I bet that took some work to set up!


    Seriously though, I'm glad she's ok. Good job watching out.
     
  9. rigjumpr

    rigjumpr New Member

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    Nothing against your wife, but it amazes me that it would take that kind of experience to convince her to come over to the concealed carry frame of mind. I glad she is ok.
     
  10. chazzy

    chazzy New Member

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    Sometimes people need a "nudge" to head in the right direction....thank god she is alright. She wasnt against the idea, just couldn't "pull the trigger" to go for her permit. Now she is more than willing to get her cc permit. She made the tight choice. Good luck
     
  11. bkace4

    bkace4 New Member

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    Nova,

    She wasn't dressed in provocative clothing. She thinks the one guy saw that she was by herself and in an aisle where there weren't many people around. She said he seemed pretty intent on getting to her purse. The other guy may have meant no harm, but the first incident shook her up and she become a little paranoid she said. Regardless, it got her thinking about a lot of things. She is considering enrolling her an my daughters in a self defense course. There is one being offered fairly close to our home, but it happens to be on a night she can't be there. We're looking into others.

    Thanks for the responses everyone.
     
  12. Ranger-6

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    From what I read in this report, your wife made the best and correct personal protection move that could have been made without pulling a gun. Getting a CCW and pulling a gun would be the last resort for personal protection.
     
  13. Ryel

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    0ne thought: first line of defense is tactical awareness. She saw the threat. Second line is attitude, never show fear. Project ability and willingness to take on and dominate any threat. Give em that New York street look and see how they like that. Seek out an employee/manager and point out the individuals taking them to task. Just something to think on.
     
  14. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    And also let the perp see her pointing him out. He may get the hint, or become embarassed, and leave.
     
  15. partdeux

    partdeux Well-Known Member

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    Telling her to walk out with a group is a bad idea. Stay inside and alert a manager.

    And I'm sorry Nova, but a woman's attire should never be an issue.

    Back on topic, sometimes it can take a personal event for people to finally get on board. My wife will sometimes carry, IMO depends on me too much. It was event in a parking lot near Christmas that got her attention tho... and mine. Mine because I allowed my situation awareness to drift, hers because she allowed up to get separated.
     
  16. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Rofl!! That was pretty funny.

    If I ever conceal carry in the future, the gun will be on my person. I agree that keeping a gun in a purse is a bad idea. You are potentially arming a purse snatcher.
     
  17. NOVA

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    I agree it SHOULD NOT be an issue. I would hope in this day and age that people were no longer judged by their appearances. Problem is, I believe people still DO judge others by the way they are dressed. Ain't saying it's right. Bottom line is if a person wants to draw attention to themselves, they can wear clothing which really stands out and turns heads. Conversely, if people would rather avoid attention in public a more conservative manner of dress is less likely to get them noticed.
     
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