- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2017
I’m thinking of getting a small tazer.
I’m thinking of getting a small tazer.
My DH and I open carry where ever we go. Neither of us have CCW’s but we don’t need them in our state unless you conceal it.
I ALWAYS take my gun with me when my children and I go on road trips w/out my DH. I just feel more comfortable that I can protect my children. If I ever had to pull my gun out for any reason, ESPECIALLY my for my children, I will shoot first and ask questions later.
I find that when I carry my revolver visibly displayed I get approached less by strangers.
I usually carry a pistol in my glove box.
We live in bear / cat country so we are always practicing for that since we are outdoors people.
I would be too afraid of having a gun and accidentally shooting it off or something…I carry pepper spray with me at all times and that already worries me all the time. I constantly check my purse just to make sure it hasn’t sprayed off for some reason and whenever I am holding it I am constantly making sure it is facing the right way so that I don’t spray myself…I’m a clutz haha plus I’m OCD so I just think I would not be relaxed with a gun, quite the opposite in fact.
I was not using the diner shooting story to justify handgun carrying, just supporting the argument made by another poster that large scale acts of violence could possibly be stopped by the presence of a trainer gun carrier (not that this is the only way by far)
Edit: (excuse the poor formatting!)
“Defensive gun uses
NSPOF estimates. Private citizens
sometimes use their guns to scare off
trespassers and fend off assaults. Such
defensive gun uses (DGUs) are sometimes invoked as a measure of the
public benefits of private gun ownership. On the basis of National Crime
Victimization Survey (NCVS) data, one
would conclude that defensive uses
are rare indeed, about 108,000 per
year. But other surveys yield far higher
estimates of the number of DGUs.
Most notable has been a much publicized estimate of 2.5 million DGUs,
based on data from a 1994 telephone
survey conducted by Florida State
University professors Gary Kleck and
The 2.5 million figure
has been picked up by the press and
now appears regularly in newspaper
articles, letters to the editor, editorials,
and even Congressional Research Service briefs for public policymakers.”
This is obviously not the best report, but it will have to do for now because I’m tired and it’s getting late 🙂
takemyhand I’m usually not too worried about someone losing their temper and waving their guns around, even though I have heard stories, and I don’t feel intimidated that others could be carrying one. I grew up around them and we were taught that we were not to touch them. I did learn how to shoot a gun when I was 8 but after that I didn’t pick one up until I met my Fiance. Also, my grandmother kept two shotguns within reach from her bed at all times, like I said, we were taught not to touch them…they aren’t toys. I’m sure that when we were much younger they were put up when we were around. When I met my Fiance we were set up on a blind date, but we did talk on the phone a few times before. One of the first things he told me was that he carried becaue he wanted to make sure I was okay with that before hand. I still went on the date and went home with him that night knowing he had a gun on him and that he had several at his (now our) home. He even took out his AR-15 to show me that night. Since then, I have learned to shoot one properly, I have learned gun safty, and how to maintian one. I go to the range with him and his dad every now and then. His dad is a cop and he taught his son very well. They have also taught me well, his dad sometimes offers to let me shoot a new gun before he does his son now 😉 Now, I do plan to get a permit one day, but I may not carry one unless I’m traveling across state, or I may keep it in my car…even though I don’t think a permit is necessary to do that in SC, but I think you’re supposed to keep in a concealed location and you aren’t supposed to take it out, so I’d rather just have a permit to be on the safe side.
I read that someone said that people should have to take a gun safety class before purchasing…I completely agree with that.
Just saying, a gun can do mortal damage. In a case where you merely need an edge to get out of a dangerous situation, a tazer, (esp the kind that shoots the stunners out), mace/pepper spray, or your standby stungun is more than enough to buy you enough time to get to get out of harm’s way, to your car, near other people, or into some other form of safety.
DH and I do not own guns. We will eventually, but right now it is not a priority. I will never own a concealed license. However, I am not scared by other’s right to own a gun, concealed or not. I embrace freedom. The Right to Bear Arms has been part of our country since 1791 when it was ratified as the Second Amendment. There is a corny saying that goes like this, “If guns were outlawed, only outlaws would have guns.” It’s true. Or at least I think so.
Total SN: According to the World Drug Report of 2007, Canada smokes the most marijuana out of any industrialized nation. “About 16.8 percent of Canadians ages 15 to 64 light up, compared to 12.6 percent of Americans in the same age bracket, according to the report. Canada’s usage is about four times the worldwide average of 3.8 percent, while the United States’ usage is about three times the average.”
It might have changed since 2007. I don’t know. We are all very different in America. Don’t think we are all pot smoking gun waving fat asses. We are a good bunch of people. BTW, toured a Canadian ship this last weekend and fell in love with the Canadian spirit. It was just a great group of sailors and good people. 🙂 Hope to visit our northern neighbors soon!
ETA: I am not actually high, I promise.
In one of my psych classes on violence, the professor talked about some interesting studies that showed that even the presence of a gun can increase a person’s aggression levels. And then there’s apparently also the issue of normal, otherwise law-abiding people getting into tense, highly emotionally charged situations, and where they may have otherwise only had access to less lethal weapons (fists, random objects), the access to a gun ends up having fatal consequences. It was also discussed that in the long run there is a snowball effect where people genuinely feel the need to protect themselves due to the prevalence of gun crime and therefore even more people seek access to guns and even more fatal crimes are committed that otherwise wouldn’t have been fatal.
Personally, I think hard criminals will always find ways of acquiring guns, but there are plenty of people who don’t have underground criminal and gun-related connections who have ended up killing others because guns have been so easy to acquire (whether because they can simply buy and register one or simply steal it from a car or purse because they know many people carry). I have never lived anywhere with big issues with gun violence, however, so I acknowledge that I may feel differently if that wasn’t the case, though I am aware that a lot of the sentiment in the UK questions whether the staggering rates of gun crime in the US are directly related to the relaxed gun laws.
@HawaiiBamaBride: Beer vending machines?!?! Where? I’ve got to get me one of those!
You can only carry a gun after the age of 21 in most states am I right? What did you use everytime you all got attacked before that? Just curious.
Im so glad I live in a society where carrying a weapon is frowned upon. I feel safer knowing that everytime I get on a bus the woman beside me isnt carrying a concealed weapon.
Oh and another thing we were informed yesterday this is a site where users come to discuss ideas about weddings. Unless the OP is having a firing range at her wedding I don’t see why this thread is so acceptable when yesterday’s thread about hating sparkly things is not acceptable?
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