Originally Posted by Slammer
Oh..oo..kayyy! I know that this is a American thing (seen from a Euro eye) but why? For god's sake.. Just think of the consequences. A baddy stops you with a drawn fire arm. by the time you get your Wumme from out of your suddenly voluminous biker rags, ratched a round (nobody in their right mind would carry a arm with one up the spout and hammer cocked stuck in a waistband) you would find yourself so full of lead it would make you want to lay down.
Also don't you thing that carrying would be a cause to escalate.
Slammer, I think that most who would carry legally know not to draw if the bad guy has his weapon already drawn and pointed at you. Agreed that this is not the wild west and not the TV where you can dodge bullets.
The point would be to only pull your weapon when the bad guy has the opportunity, intent and capability to inflict bodily harm on your or another human and your life, or the life of someone else is in immediate danger. PERIOD
Before you get to this point you you can:
1. De-escalate or withdraw when possible
2. ONLY expose your weapon when you are threatened and you can effectively protect yourself or the other person.
3. Drawing your weapon has consequences and you can defend your reason for drawing.
4. And yes, most who would carry would have a round in the chamber and ready to fire.
I know that it is different in other parts of the world. At the same time, hand gun ownership in the US is over 50% by some counts and that is self reported counting. Of course only a small fraction are legally allowed to "carry".. in 2010 Florida had approx 20Million residents and approx 5% of those had a concealed weapons permit.
I did not have the intent to get into the moral arguments over gun laws, gun permits, shot to kill, risks, etc.
I was only looking for some "input" from a group I would consider as individuals who I identify with closely and share a common "hobby" or "lifestyle" and their take on carrying a gun legally while on the road crossing this country of ours as a safety precaution.
My wife is not 100% in favor of the idea of a "gun in the house" and neither am I but to she somewhat supports the idea of me having some protection as I ride up or down 1-95 , I75 to Atlanta, or I-10 in the early morning hours or late evening as the case my be...
I started this by stating that I have heard stories and that I have my doubts to the validity of those stories, but wanted to hear from the collective..
I would still like any other comments and ideas..
Thanks in advance.