View Poll Results: What would you do?

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  • Draw or grab a firearm that is immediately next to you

    28 28.57%
  • Grab a clubbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Golf club, baseball bat, etc)

    7 7.14%
  • Grab a stabbing weapon that is immediately next to you (ex. Kitchen knife, pocket knife, etc)

    6 6.12%
  • Run to another room to grab a locked up or hidden firearm and confront the home invaders

    11 11.22%
  • Run to another room to grab a stabbing or clubbing weapon and confront the home invaders

    3 3.06%
  • Run to another room and attempt to hide while dialing 911

    2 2.04%
  • Run out the backdoor of the house and attempt to escape

    6 6.12%
  • Freeze like a deer in the headlights

    6 6.12%
  • Rush the bad guys barehanded

    6 6.12%
  • Other (explain)

    23 23.47%
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Thread: Self defense: How prepared are you?

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    No, I'm afraid you continue to misunderstand.

    You don't accuse me of fearfulness for having fire extinguishers in strategic locations in my house. Yet I'll tell you plainly that the idea of waking up to find the house is on fire is more frightening to me than the idea of waking up to the sound of the front door being kicked in.

    But in neither case is fear driving the decision. Does fear drive my decision to have health insurance? Homeowners insurance? A tornado shelter? Or simply well-informed caution and prudence?

    I say the latter, and the same for being armed.

    You speak as if my going armed is some kind of dramatic decision I make every day. It isn't. The decision was made once, long ago, on the basis of a rational assessment of need and risk, and the severity of consequence if I ever needed one and didn't have it. I have a tornado shelter, yet I do not live in fear of tornados... nor do I think it likely I will suffer a direct hit from a tornado... but the consequences of it happening were I unprepared could be most severe. The same regarding firearms, and my life experiences after that decision was made have simply reaffirmed to me that I made the right choice.

    I don't get up every morning and do a gut-check to see if I feel too fearful to go outside unarmed.

    Hardly. It's more like this:
    Pants on.
    Shoes on.
    Put wallet and keyring in pockets.
    Put on belt.
    Add leatherman tool and pistol to belt.
    Put on shirt/etc.

    I'm about as emotional about strapping on my gun, as you are about putting on shoes.
    Why do you wear shoes? To protect your feet from the environment.
    Why do I carry a gun? To protect my ass from criminals.
    Well said I would add Fortune favors the prepared Mind.....It actually has little to do with fear. Because I am prepared I have little to fear.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    This is where you seem to be confused...Let me lay out my situation and then it will help..

    1 .32 hand gun in the drawer right next to my favorite chair. Twelve Gauge in the kitchen and dining room.... a little .25 next to wifes chair(she prefers the litte guns but her aim is good so it will be useful)... a shot gun in each spare bedroom, and two rifles in the master. By my head board a .45 ACP and on her side a Gloch .9mm. IN my Vehicle I keep a Weapon under my seat. I reiterate at no time am I more than 5 ft from a firearm. We love guns, we train with them, we recreationaly shoot(hunt and target) I used them extensively in the military and I have no fear of anyone breaking into my home ans surviving to brag about it or sue. So while i dont walk around strapped at home I consider them tools in my home for defense and protection.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigkat80 View Post
    This is where you seem to be confused...Let me lay out my situation and then it will help..

    1 .32 hand gun in the drawer right next to my favorite chair. Twelve Gauge in the kitchen and dining room.... a little .25 next to wifes chair(she prefers the litte guns but her aim is good so it will be useful)... a shot gun in each spare bedroom, and two rifles in the master. By my head board a .45 ACP and on her side a Gloch .9mm. IN my Vehicle I keep a Weapon under my seat. I reiterate at no time am I more than 5 ft from a firearm. We love guns, we train with them, we recreationaly shoot(hunt and target) I used them extensively in the military and I have no fear of anyone breaking into my home ans surviving to brag about it or sue. So while i dont walk around strapped at home I consider them tools in my home for defense and protection.
    Me personally I like shotguns, as in my case and at one time being in the military I don't actively shoot anymore or train(it's been years). So for my own defense and as for wife as well, we use a shotguns 12 guage 00 buck or slug, no accurate aiming required in the middle of the night.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigkat80 View Post
    This is where you seem to be confused...Let me lay out my situation and then it will help..

    1 .32 hand gun in the drawer right next to my favorite chair. Twelve Gauge in the kitchen and dining room.... a little .25 next to wifes chair(she prefers the litte guns but her aim is good so it will be useful)... a shot gun in each spare bedroom, and two rifles in the master. By my head board a .45 ACP and on her side a Gloch .9mm. IN my Vehicle I keep a Weapon under my seat. I reiterate at no time am I more than 5 ft from a firearm. We love guns, we train with them, we recreationaly shoot(hunt and target) I used them extensively in the military and I have no fear of anyone breaking into my home ans surviving to brag about it or sue. So while i dont walk around strapped at home I consider them tools in my home for defense and protection.
    Since you used the word 'strapped' Im guesing you meant that to me...which indicates you missed or ignored this part...

    "SOME may indeed live in an arsenal with weapons readily deployable in every room. Soom may carry strapped while sitting at home watching the TV. Most? I doubt it"

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Since you used the word 'strapped' Im guesing you meant that to me...which indicates you missed or ignored this part...

    "SOME may indeed live in an arsenal with weapons readily deployable in every room. Soom may carry strapped while sitting at home watching the TV. Most? I doubt it"
    I actually wasnt Directing My response to you, It was toward Lord Tammbelin. Strapped is a term We use here in the South to mean carrying or holstering a weapon. My apologies for the confusion. And yes I indeed agree most are'nt carry or strapped in their Home. I almost never holster in house I keep mine in multiple drawers and locations as outlined in my post. However when I am out almost every time I am holstered, as I have ccw Permits in Both of My states I usually am in.

    Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain
    It is the probably overstatement that I am commenting on primarily. Having a gun for personal protection I can see, having it strapped while watching TV I can not. Having a gun in your car when travelling, I can see, having a gun when you go to the local gas station at 3 pm I cant.

    It is the having a gun strapped as you watch TV, that makes me think the person is either paranoid or extremely fearfull (perhaps the samething). Unless that person is somehow involved in the world of crime, I just dont see it being a rational action. If you are a drug dealer or an undercover cop for instance, I could see the point of having immediate access to a firearm. But for the average joe, not so much
    Last edited by Bigkat80; 07-10-11 at 06:20 PM.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigkat80 View Post
    I And yes I indeed agree most are'nt carry or strapped in their Home. I almost never holster in house I keep mine in multiple drawers and locations as outlined in my post. However when I am out almost every time I am holstered, as I have ccw Permits in Both of My states I usually am in.
    It is a sound feeling knowing you have weapons at your disposal in different areas of your home. I don't have any handguns yet, but do have three rifles.
    I also have couple tomahawks located within the house plus a very loyal rottweiler.
    Don't carry a handgun on me but do carry a razor knife.

    I agree about not having to be running around in your own house with a gun strapped to your side. It just seems a bit too much. I guess if one was really concerned he could always have a pistol in his one free hand. But for me I don't even like keys or a wallet on me while at home well alone a pistol.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    The most important point I have seen in this thread is to have a plan in place. Be it a fire or two crooks breaking into your house make some sort of plan and practice it every now and again.

    I keep two loaded guns in my home. One is a 9mm handgun in my desk where I spend the majority of my time. The other is a shotgun at the top of the stairs with less than lethal rubber rounds. I've never had to use either for self protection but its an avaliable option.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by bus View Post
    The other is a shotgun at the top of the stairs with less than lethal rubber rounds.
    far too kind. I might use LTL rounds on some kids ****ing around in my back yard. but if you break into my home, you are getting 00 buckshot with extreme prejudice...that's is if my great pyrenees doesn't chew your face off first.
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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    Grab my drugs/money and run. I don't own a gun yet but I plan on owning some eventually. If I had one I would use it in that situation.

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    Re: Self defense: How prepared are you?

    We have too many little great-grandkids in an out of my house to have loaded weapons readily accessible in every room. However, there is a weapon that the little guys can't jack up high enough to be out of reach and hidden, but not locked up - the noise of jacking it alone is enough to cause sane people to run.
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