Skip to comments.17 Alabama gun owners tell us "Why I Carry"
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 Songeremail@example.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 ...
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.
Starting this year when I renewed back in February, was able to renew for FIVE years for Fifty Bucks! Madison County, AL.
You need at least three.
Bolt action rifle.
Pistol or revolver.
Get them now.
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.
Do yourself a favor take a basic pistol course or something similar. Well worth the time.
Nothing better than the smell of female pheromones and gunpowder. The more females that carry the better.
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.
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.
When the SHTF you will need more than one firearm and lots of ammo.
You forgot the AR-15.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What would you do if someone broke into your house and found your gun? What happens when you walk in on him?
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
larger caliber rifle (SKS?)
“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.
Don’t beat around the bush, tell me to keep it safely locked up.
he works in the woods, often times by himself, alone.
Maybe a shift, but the writing hasn't improved...
You watch too many movies....
Wow. Do they sell holsters in Alabama?
Well Georgia is pretty much a ditto of AL. We don’t leave home without it.
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.
Just sayin’ you need something that is with you at all times rather than propped up in the corner.
The VCDL just put out a nice video, “iCarry”.
The last 30 seconds would make a good TV ad.
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.
And, that's what makes America grand...you're free to choose.
In an urbanized close quarters combat situation the time it takes for you to reload a shotgun will get you killed.
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.
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?
If anything seems amiss and the dog doesn’t greet me at the door it’s time to back out and call the cops.
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.
In my case, I'd pull out the .38 I always carry in my my pocket and start blasting.
Somebody needs to tell Lakeisha that she needs a good belt when she is carrying concealed, and it will be much more comfortable.
I’m not sure Lakeisha is all that interested in concealing anything!
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.
One of the finest choices out there. I carried one for many years.
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.
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.
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.
When I isolate this comment for you, can you recognize how asinine it looks to anyone who is NOT a "tween" girl?
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!!!!
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.
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.
At least some are carrying something but too much confidence in the little mouse guns is false security, based on a perceived holy totem to ward off evil without recognizing the weaknesses: Limited capacity, accuracy, power, and probably no back up mags because “I don’t need more than (insert power #) shots”. People should watch video of thugs getting shot — then promptly running away...still moving...still a threat. Carry biggest gun you can handle and more ammo.
Also because of the paleolithic savagery or because it doesn’t go bang, some people tend not to perceive blades as an option, when they can often times work faster and more efficient than a handgun. Want to get guaranteed lethal? Have a long gun.