Why I carry

Discussion in 'Conceal & Open Carry' started by BLCKWLF, Apr 15, 2012.


    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    I know we all have our reasons, most of us have the "better have it and not need it than need it and not have it" attitude.

    Yesterday, I got my shot of reality to share.

    I used to work as a Security Officer at a certain place (hope you understand when I don't say where). While I worked at this location for the last few years we haven't had any big incidents. We had the occasional drunk, druggy, but nothing violent. We've had a couple break ins, vandalism, etc... but up until this week, not even a week after I resigned, we haven't had any issues. Yesterday, usually a shift I work, and would have worked if I had not resigned. They had their first violent, weapons related incident. A guy off the street came in and pulled a knife on a piano teacher. I know the teacher personally. I don't have details on the incident but no one got hurt and things worked out. However, given that this place of work, (I'll let you infer as to what exactly), is not someplace you would expect to have violence or even a security department. It is still a place frequented by myself, though I don't work there anymore, I do attend regularly.

    Anyway, the point is that violence can strike anywhere and at any time… That is why I carry. I carry to the store, to the mailbox, to church, to pick up my dry cleaning, everywhere I can, I carry. Regardless of the odds, they aren't 0%.
  2. iRockGlock

    iRockGlock Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Sponsor Lifetime Supporting Member

    I carry every where allowed by federal/state law for the same reason...
  4. SquadCapt4

    SquadCapt4 New Member

    Like Shooter said. And the fact that violence does strike any time, any place, is exactly why my 23 is on my hip from the time I wake up til I go to bed. Except where I cannot carry at work. Even now, sitting at home with my laptop in my lap and my firearm on my side.
  5. Glockmaster

    Glockmaster New Member

    Sounds like me :)
  6. agent47

    agent47 New Member

    That is too true I also carry everywhere I go, if I can't legally carry at some place I simply will not go. You never know what may happen at any time or any day

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    "Police arrest suspect in campus shooting
    By Matt Loper, Liz Kotalik, and Jazzy Quick, The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
    1 hour 54 minutes ago

    Police took a man into custody Wednesday morning who is suspected of shooting an ITT Technical Institute employee in a parking lot of one of the school's West Valley campuses.

    Carlos L. Webb, 33, was arrested on suspicion of shooting a 30-year-old woman and threatening his ex-girlfriend Tuesday night at the campus near 95th Avenue and McDowell Road, according to Sgt. Trent Crump, spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

    Police arrested Webb at a home near 37th Street and Janice Way in Phoenix after he surrendered to tactical teams, Crump said.

    Police suspect Webb went to confront his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend over a recent break up, Crump said. Webb was suspected of lifting his shirt up during class to show his ex-girlfriend he had a gun.

    Police believe Webb tried to force his ex-girlfriend to go outside with him but she refused, Crump said. Webb left the school but then returned and began arguing with a school employee.

    The confrontation began inside but was moved outside into the parking lot when the employee was brought into the parking lot against her will, Crump said.

    The employee attempted to run from Webb. Police suspect that Webb fired at least one shot and struck the employee, Crump said. The bullet went all the way through the woman's abdomen, according to Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Jorge Enriquez.

    The victim was taken to an area hospital to be treated for the gunshot wound, Crump said. She was in critical but stable condition, Crump said.

    Classes were in session on the ITT campus when the shooting occurred and the school immediately went into lock down, Crump said.

    Police entered the building and evacuated about 70 students and faculty because police believed the gunman might still have been inside, Crump said.".

    And yet another headline supporting why I carry! However, I cannot carry at my school, my gun does stay in the truck in the parking lot. (yes this is legal in AZ). I go to a small school just like ITT here in the valley, who is to say this can't happen at my school?
  8. well said... If that doesnt open peoples eyes that are against carrying... nothing will.
  9. SquadCapt4

    SquadCapt4 New Member

    Oh my goodness. Mr. Carlos Webb brought a gun onto a campus??!?!? I'm sure he just didn't know that was a gun free zone. Or else he would surely have obeyed and would NEVER had even thought about bringing that gun on campus! I'm really hoping my sarcasm comes through the typed words here.

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Yeah, the "oh my goodness" gave it away off the bat…

    (posting picture from my phone)

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    And this is my point...

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    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Another headline...

    Man shot while getting off bus in Phoenix
    By Cassondra Strande, The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team
    17 minutes ago

    A person was shot in Phoenix on Thursday as he got off a bus near 24th Street and Thomas Road, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

    The suspect fled and was caught by police, said Officer James R. Holmes, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department. It's unclear why the man was shot.

    The injury was not life-threatening, Holmes said.

    No further details were immediately available.
  13. brannon67

    brannon67 New Member

    I carry all the time. I even carry in the mall. Im not putting myself and my loved ones in danger from going from the parking lot, to inside and back again. Just not doing it.
  14. always_strapped

    always_strapped New Member

    I carry for the safety of my family and myself. And it's my right :)

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Yet another random headline in my area... Shockingly, ordinary citizens were left to fend for themselves.... Given this occurred inside one of the most "secure" places in town, and under the nose of several trained police officers and federal agents... I feel safe now...

    Prisoner makes brief escape at Sky Harbor
    John Riebesel
    By Liz Kotalik, The Arizona Republic-12 News Breaking News Team

    A prisoner ran loose in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Thursday evening, after escaping from Yavapai County law officers' control, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

    John Riebesel, 22, made a run for it about 5:15 p.m. as he was being escorted off a plane that had just landed from Detroit, according to a Phoenix police spokesman, Officer James Holmes.

    Holmes gave the following account:

    The two Yavapai officers, who had traveled with Riebesel, attempted to detain him in Terminal 3 as he began his escape, but the suspect was able to get away from them and onto the tarmac outside Terminal 4.

    Riebesel initially had an electric-shock bracelet around his ankle that could be activated by a push of a button by police. The officers said they attempted to set off the bracelet. However, Riebesel apparently had removed it sometime during his flight from Detroit.

    After Riebesel arrived on the tarmac, a US Airways employee noticed him and asked why he was there without proper identification. He replied that he had "forgotten it."

    Although he was still being questioned by the employee, Riebesel then attempted to steal a "tug" aircraft mover. Realizing what was going on, the employee tried to detain Riebesel, but again, the escapee got away and continued to try to steal the vehicle.

    However, with the help of additional US Airways employees, the worker subdued Riebesel until police arrived.

    Riebesel was initially facing drug possession and paraphernalia charges out of Yavapai County. He now is expected to face additional Maricopa County charges of escape and attempted vehicle theft, and federal charges of violating a restricted area.
  16. Kmurray96

    Kmurray96 Well-Known Member Supporter

    I carry OD (BTW, not required by my dept.) because I believe in our depts. unofficial motto:

    "Sh*t happens":rolleyes:

    Plus, the itty-bitty ol' ma and I used to hang out with this guy, Richard Kuklinski, at a local watering hole. You might know him better as "The Ice Man".:eek:

    Nobody who thought they knew him would have thought he was anything but a great guy. In his HBO interviews from prison, unlike most TV shows, everything said about his chameleon personality was true.

    So, the other reason I carry OD is because...you just never know.
  17. Augi

    Augi New Member

    "Your nuts for carrying that gun where ever you go. . That stuff only happens to the other guy. "
    Sound familiar? Well, boys and girls, I carry a gun on me ALL of the time cause I don't want to be the "other guy". In a worst case scenerio, someone's going with me. In a best case, if it ever happens, they'll go solo. Either way, I'm prepared.

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Exactly, as stated before, "regardless of the odds, they aren't 0%"
  19. Glockmaster

    Glockmaster New Member

    I carry at all times because I can :)

    And for my wife & kids. You never know when crap is going down. Better to be prepared than unprepared.

    BLCKWLF GrassHopper

    Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, learned that one the hard way on a camping trip memorial day weekend, had a freak blizzard and I didn't have a jacket, boots, or pants...