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17 Alabama gun owners tell us "Why I Carry"
The Birmingham News / AL.com ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Songer

Posted on 08/29/2014 7:29:30 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl

Reporter: "I wanted to find out why many Alabamians make the important decision to carry a concealed weapon. Over three three weeks, I logged 1,400 miles traveling from Empire to New Market, from Mobile to Dothan, from Oxford to Heflin. In the end, 17 Alabamians posed for portraits and told me why."


Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham.
She has had her concealed carry permit for two years.
Kennan-Turner carries a Taurus .38 Ultralight revolver. (Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com)

Lakeisha Kennan-Turner, 33, is a housewife from Birmingham and a mother of five. Her motivation is close to home.

"I conceal carry because of the safety of my kids," she explained. "I want to protect my family."

(Excerpt) Read more at al.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: banglist; opengarry; secondammendment
Colossal shift from the far left reporting this paper usually does!
1 posted on 08/29/2014 7:29:30 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl
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To: Bodleian_Girl

I don’t know much about firearms and never felt the need to have one, but given how urbanites are going nuts, I’m looking into at least having one in the house.


2 posted on 08/29/2014 7:33:52 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Starting this year when I renewed back in February, was able to renew for FIVE years for Fifty Bucks! Madison County, AL.


3 posted on 08/29/2014 7:35:49 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Worst 8 years ever, First Affirmative Action President, I hope those who did this to us SUFFER MOST!)
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To: DonaldC

You need at least three.

Bolt action rifle.

Pump shotgun.

Pistol or revolver.

Get them now.


4 posted on 08/29/2014 7:37:22 AM PDT by Comment Not Approved (When bureaucrats outlaw hunting, outlaws will hunt bureaucrats.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Having grown up in Bama, I will say this...almost every newspaper in the state is on marginal operations, and making nothing near what they did in the 1980s.

I suspect that they’ve begun to ask themselves....who are our readers and why are they disenchanted with our reporting over the past two or three decades? Between crime, corruption, stupid political agendas, lack of stories about the homefront in Bama, and an overload on NCAA football stories....there’s just not much reason to buy a daily Bama paper.


5 posted on 08/29/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: DonaldC

Do yourself a favor take a basic pistol course or something similar. Well worth the time.


6 posted on 08/29/2014 7:37:43 AM PDT by KirbDog
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To: Bodleian_Girl
Lakeisha -- concealed carry - you're doing it wrong..
7 posted on 08/29/2014 7:38:27 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Nothing better than the smell of female pheromones and gunpowder. The more females that carry the better.


8 posted on 08/29/2014 7:42:30 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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http://www.nrawomen.tv/refuse-to-be-a-victim


9 posted on 08/29/2014 7:43:01 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: pepsionice; All
Having grown up in Bama, I will say this...almost every newspaper in the state is on marginal operations, and making nothing near what they did in the 1980s. I suspect that they’ve begun to ask themselves....who are our readers and why are they disenchanted with our reporting over the past two or three decades? Between crime, corruption, stupid political agendas, lack of stories about the homefront in Bama, and an overload on NCAA football stories....there’s just not much reason to buy a daily Bama paper.

You've got that right! Here in Mobile, the Press-Register is terrible...just sucks!
10 posted on 08/29/2014 7:45:16 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Shellback pollywogs! U.S.S. William H. Standley, CG-32 1977-80)
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To: pepsionice

The Birmingham News seems to be going under. They have laid off so many people and had to move from their former building to a smaller one.

They have concentrated on NOT reporting on Obama’s stumbles. Local folks have to read the Daily Mail in the UK just to find out what the president is up to!

And they have made a conscious effort to put in heavy rotation, an almost wall to wall policy of “reporting” on homosexuality. If it’s gay, it plays.

And they use their Pulitzer winner to write almost exclusively about pets. He’s a stone cold liberal and his skills have gone down mightily in the past few years, but they best they can get from the guys is dog stories all the time?

For a while there, every time you opened up the paper it was cross-dressing, “my brother is gay and he’s normal,” and feature after feature on the Prancing Elites.

They are currently obsessed with the cross dresser from Alabama who is in “Orange is the New Black.” As if that’s the only person from Alabama who is doing anything worth reporting?

So this guy writing about open carry is a big deal.


11 posted on 08/29/2014 7:48:17 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: notdownwidems; pepsionice

A person from the Mobile Press-Register is now the director of state wide news, so she is driving the content in the Press-Register, Birmingham News & the Huntsville Times.


12 posted on 08/29/2014 7:51:08 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: DonaldC

When the SHTF you will need more than one firearm and lots of ammo.


13 posted on 08/29/2014 7:51:15 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Comment Not Approved

You forgot the AR-15.


14 posted on 08/29/2014 7:52:11 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: DonaldC

You’ll get a boatload of recommendations as to what to buy, so I’ll toss in my two cents.

I bought a Mossberg 500, silver for home defense.

Relatively inexpensive.

Shotgun, so I don’t shoot my neighbor by accident.

Short barrel, easy to handle, swing, and aim in tight rooms.

The safety is located where it is natural to slide to off or on.

Silver rather than dark, so I can find it at night.

I keep it within reach, leaning against the corner, barrel down, stock up, with a shell in the chamber, safety on. If I want to give warning by racking it I can, I’m just releasing a shell. If time is short I can slide the safety and squeeze the trigger.


15 posted on 08/29/2014 7:55:11 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

I’ll tell you why I carry. Because the guy my wife ran off with has threatened to put a bullet in my head. I have a court order against him, but what will that do?

And BTW, after swearing out a warrant on him the VA Commonwealth’s Attorney dropped the charges to “Profanity on the public airwaves,” a misdemeanor. He called the threat to me while I was at work on the Navy base. I should have gone to NCIS instead of local police.


16 posted on 08/29/2014 7:55:58 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Last time I checked....the Huntsville Times is now published only three times a week. How is the P-R and Birmingham paper doing?

I get the impression that they really can’t do a local story or investigative analysis anymore. At least NCAA football is coming up and they can fill half the paper with football nut commentary.


17 posted on 08/29/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Balding_Eagle

What would you do if someone broke into your house and found your gun? What happens when you walk in on him?


18 posted on 08/29/2014 8:04:34 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: DonaldC; Comment Not Approved

You might want to give an order of acquisition, and this is just my opinion:

20 guage pump shotgun - youth model if you have young or female people capable of using it,

common caliber handgun - revolver if you’re unfamiliar with firearm operation

.22 rifle

larger caliber rifle (SKS?)


19 posted on 08/29/2014 8:04:39 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SVTCobra03

“You forgot the AR-15.”

Thus the “at least three” qualifier. Black rifles may be too scary for a first time gun owner.

But I love mine!

Here in Montana, where over 95% of homes have firearms, the average number of firearms per household is 27. Not many are scared of black rifles around here.


20 posted on 08/29/2014 8:06:51 AM PDT by Comment Not Approved (When bureaucrats outlaw hunting, outlaws will hunt bureaucrats.)
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To: fulltlt

Don’t beat around the bush, tell me to keep it safely locked up.


21 posted on 08/29/2014 8:08:03 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Bodleian_Girl
Colossal shift from the far left reporting this paper usually does!

he works in the woods, often times by himself, alone.

Maybe a shift, but the writing hasn't improved...

22 posted on 08/29/2014 8:08:25 AM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: fulltlt
What would you do if someone broke into your house and found your gun? What happens when you walk in on him?

You watch too many movies....

23 posted on 08/29/2014 8:12:36 AM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Wow. Do they sell holsters in Alabama?


24 posted on 08/29/2014 8:14:33 AM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Well Georgia is pretty much a ditto of AL. We don’t leave home without it.


25 posted on 08/29/2014 8:20:03 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: pepsionice

A couple of thoughts, this would be the first time liberals thought through something if they think this will bring readers back.

The other thought was that maybe now is a time for a good conservative newspaper but then looking at the lack of enthusiastic financial support here on FR, I don’t think I would invest the money in a conservative newspaper business.


26 posted on 08/29/2014 8:21:17 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple (The Bible doesn't say what I think it says and it says a lot of things I didn't know...........)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

save


27 posted on 08/29/2014 8:22:23 AM PDT by submarinerswife (Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results~Einstein)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Just sayin’ you need something that is with you at all times rather than propped up in the corner.


28 posted on 08/29/2014 8:23:36 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: Bodleian_Girl

The VCDL just put out a nice video, “iCarry”.

https://www.vcdl.org

The last 30 seconds would make a good TV ad.


29 posted on 08/29/2014 8:23:53 AM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

They guy who did the story is actually a staff photographer so while they writing isn’t the very best, I still have to give him props for even getting the story out there.

It’s really hard to be a normal person at the Bham News now.


30 posted on 08/29/2014 8:36:28 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: DonaldC
I don’t know much about firearms and never felt the need to have one

And, that's what makes America grand...you're free to choose.

31 posted on 08/29/2014 8:39:31 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Balding_Eagle

In an urbanized close quarters combat situation the time it takes for you to reload a shotgun will get you killed.


32 posted on 08/29/2014 8:40:56 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: pepsionice

They all publish only 3 times a week and share a lot of content.

The Bham News did an investigative story of a huge fraud at a health/medical clinic but stopped short of exposing the auditors.

By leaving out the auditors, it made the whole piece fall apart.

So yeah, not really very much investigating unless them trying to tie gun rights to gun violence can be considered investigating. THEY say it is, but it’s just more propaganda.


33 posted on 08/29/2014 8:41:02 AM PDT by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: SVTCobra03

Thanks. Both of you are preparing for something you face where you live or work.

I’m prepared to deal with my our situation.

I live away from civilization. The people who show up here are either invited, or lost.

The question most people ask is ‘how did you find this place?’.

PS, I don’t doubt the validity of your information, but do you really want to tell the guy up thread who hasn’t invested in any firearms that he has to get three guns? Or an expensive weapon that can shoot several people in quick succession?

Why set the bar so high? Why not invite him to get one weapon that won’t break his pocketbook and still be a good self defense gun?


34 posted on 08/29/2014 9:08:25 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: DonaldC
I had been contemplating the purchase of a handgun for a couple years now. With all the craziness going on in world now days, I don't even feel safe walking outside my frontdoor. I live in a Komi State with crazy gun laws and it was hard finding a online dealer that would even ship a gun to my State. I ordered a Glock 30 .45 from http://www.shootersplus.com and received it last week. I have already setup an appointment for a gun class next month and I am super excited.
35 posted on 08/29/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT by shooter45
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To: fulltlt

If anything seems amiss and the dog doesn’t greet me at the door it’s time to back out and call the cops.


36 posted on 08/29/2014 9:32:11 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: papertyger; fulltlt
You watch too many movies....

Respectfully, I disagree.

I own weapons that are used primarily to hunt, and they are kept locked in a gunsafe.

But I also have weapons in selected spots throughout my house which may in fact be discovered by an intruder, if he had enough time to himself in the place.

But I always try to be aware of potential problems around me, whether on the street, in a store, in traffic. I am not looking FOR problems, I am looking to avoid them if possible.

I almost always have a weapon on my person, and always have one close by. If I have been gone for most of the day I definitely give the exterior of my house a once-over before I enter, and my carry weapon is with me and accessible just in the off-chance that a threat awaits me inside.

Does that sound like a movie script? Hell, I read about those real-life scenes every day in the paper.

37 posted on 08/29/2014 9:37:25 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: fulltlt
What would you do if someone broke into your house and found your gun? What happens when you walk in on him?

In my case, I'd pull out the .38 I always carry in my my pocket and start blasting.

38 posted on 08/29/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: Bodleian_Girl

Somebody needs to tell Lakeisha that she needs a good belt when she is carrying concealed, and it will be much more comfortable.


39 posted on 08/29/2014 10:30:16 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

I’m not sure Lakeisha is all that interested in concealing anything!


40 posted on 08/29/2014 12:15:14 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Fightin Whitey
Please don't encourage those who think one must be prepared for a ninja onslaught to be responsible gun owner.

Does that sound like a movie script? Hell, I read about those real-life scenes every day in the paper.

Yeah, it kinda does if you're a secret agent or a professional assassin.

I can honestly say I have never seen anything in the paper that required that level of caution to avoid trouble.

Further, the idea some criminal mastermind is going to silently break into ones home, stumble upon your weapon (not having one of his own), and finally use it against you as you stumble into his nefarious activities is laughable.

Is it possible: sure. But if it actually happened I'd have to conclude God is after me.

41 posted on 08/29/2014 4:06:27 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: shooter45
I ordered a Glock 30 .45

One of the finest choices out there. I carried one for many years.

42 posted on 08/29/2014 5:32:01 PM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: papertyger
A ninja onslaught hadn't occurred to me.

But serious drug-driven crime has occurred to people close to me, including family members. In one instance an elderly woman and her three grandchildren were murdered, in her home in broad daylight, shot in the head with a .25-06 rifle by a deranged addict who had somehow concluded they were the enemy.

And friends of mine--people with nice, isolated homes and valuable possessions--have in fact fallen victim to home invaders who spent considerable time (days, in one instance) locating, selecting and removing (or destroying) said possessions.

If you are just that smugly reassured by your local newspaper and your own highly tuned security acumen, I am happy for you.

You might want to save your counsel and your insolence for those who haven't experienced otherwise.

Something Was Wrong--and It Wasn't a Ninja!

43 posted on 08/29/2014 6:10:18 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

You can rest assured my “smug insolence” is secure in that your sketchy anecdotes seem to be only marginally related to the circumstances we originally considered.

I too, could paint lurid pictures, having once lived with a roommate when he was arrested and convicted for a grizzly shotgun murder. That doesn’t mean I confuse the possible with the probable to the point I risk being labeled a “mall ninja.”

Suffice to say, nothing can replace being armed with both a weapon, and the will to use it, when ones personal S hits T F.


44 posted on 08/30/2014 2:32:04 AM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: papertyger; TigersEye

No, there probably wasn’t enough detail in my “anecdotes” for a jaded old self-defense expert like yourself to get off.

As to dissimilar situations you are the one who claims to know what every circumstance is or will be.

I will grant that you certainly paint a lurid picture of your roommate murdering a grizzly. You’re just lucky it wasn’t a tyger.


45 posted on 08/30/2014 4:58:52 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey
...you are the one who claims to know what every circumstance is or will be.

When I isolate this comment for you, can you recognize how asinine it looks to anyone who is NOT a "tween" girl?

46 posted on 08/30/2014 8:22:29 AM PDT by papertyger (Those who don't fight evil hate those who do)
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To: Balding_Eagle
I keep it within reach, leaning against the corner, barrel down

NO! If you do that with a rifle, all of the caliber will leak out. If you do that with a shotgun, all of the gauge will leak out. You will end up with a 0 caliber / 0 gauge weapon!!!!

47 posted on 08/30/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT by Lazamataz (First we beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them.)
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To: papertyger

tween girl? What the hell is that? Something else to do with your ninja and mall fetish?

What kind of grown man talks that way?

You have a juvenalia problem, pussy-boy.


48 posted on 08/30/2014 9:35:13 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: pepsionice

I noticed their building on the Parkway looks abandoned. I don’t know how long . . . as I’m usually trying to merge there . . . but I haven’t taken the Huntsville Times in at least 10 years.


49 posted on 08/31/2014 9:10:51 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Worst 8 years ever, First Affirmative Action President, I hope those who did this to us SUFFER MOST!)
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