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Amarillo By Morning (Smith and Wesson on My Mind)
Townhall.com ^ | May 28, 2012 | Mike Adams

Posted on 05/28/2012 4:22:33 AM PDT by Kaslin

I never travel without a loaded gun. I usually carry a Smith and Wesson Model 640 in a bucket in the trunk of my car. Sometimes I carry a Glock Model 23 instead. I was really happy I was carrying the former when I arrived at my hotel room in Amarillo last week shortly after midnight. As I was unpacking my trunk, a man came walking across the parking lot from an adjacent hotel. His largely incoherent introduction began something like this:

“Hey, I’m a big scary black man and I need some help. Won’t nobody help me ‘cause I’m a big scary black man. I ain’t gonna hurt ya (pulls out wallet). See? Here’s my ID. I’m a preacher and I got kicked outa my room. I ain’t no beggar. I just need $12 or I’m gonna have to sleep in the parking lot. I’m stayin’ right over there (points to adjacent hotel). Theys a woman and a child that’s gonna have to sleep in a car if don’t get $12.”

I detected a slight stumble as the man was walking toward me talking. It took very little insight to detect that he was no preacher and that the money was not needed to pay off a $12 balance in order to get re-admitted to his hotel room. So I turned back toward my trunk and continued unpacking.

The final part of my unpacking ritual involves securing my firearm, which I always take with me into the hotel room. I always reach into the bucket, take the gun out of the holster, and slip it in my pocket on my left hand side (I ‘m a southpaw). It just so happened that the stumbling “preacher” was approaching from my left hand side and could see my hands clearly as I was unpacking.

Shortly after I secured all of the items from my trunk, the stumbling “preacher” shouted, “Oh, mercy! Can’t a black man get a break?” He threw his hands in the air and then turned around and walked hurriedly towards the adjacent parking lot. I had substantially more than $12 worth of cash on me that evening (actually it was early morning). I made it to the hotel room before I had to pull either the wallet or the gun out of my pocket.

The man who approached me in the parking lot that evening did three things that I consider to be morally reprehensible. Although he did not split a single infinitive, his actions are worthy of condemnation for the following reasons:


1. He invoked race where it was irrelevant.
2. He falsely claimed to be a member of a noble profession.
3. He pretended to be acting on others’ behalf while he was acting in his own selfish interests.

Fortunately, I have been a handgun owner since 1993. I also obtained my concealed weapon permit in 1997. At no time since then have I been robbed or assaulted. Nor have I even had to fire a shot, point a gun, or verbally threaten a person to secure my safety.

My experiences as a handgun owner have been no aberration. States passing concealed carry laws have seen significant decreases in predatory crime. Academic studies have also demonstrated that these decreases are statistically significant even after controlling for variables that might otherwise explain the reductions in crime.

To date, there have been 16 refereed studies that have concluded that violent crime goes down as a result of concealed carry laws. About 10 refereed studies have shown the results of concealed carry laws to be inconclusive with regard to violent crime. No refereed studies – I repeat, zero refereed studies – have shown that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons increases the rate of violent crime.

Sadly, most of these refereed studies have been conducted by economists interested in cost/benefit analysis on matters of public policy. I used the word “sadly” because the question of the effects of gun laws on crime is a matter that falls squarely within the discipline of criminology, which is a branch of the larger discipline of sociology. Yet criminologists and sociologists generally shy away from the issue. Their inactions are worthy of condemnation for the following reasons:


1. They invoke race where it is irrelevant.
Too many “social scientists” ignore citizens’ legitimate concerns over their safety and well-being. Those who would like to carry a gun lawfully are often dismissed as having an irrational fear of people or color.


2. They falsely claim to be members of a noble profession. In addition to avoiding doing research on gun ownership, most “social scientists” are not familiar with the results of studies on the topic. To ignore science and hold oneself out as a scientist is simply wrong.


3. They pretend to be acting on others’ behalf while acting in their own selfish interests. Sociologists are opposed to rape. But they are overwhelmingly opposed to concealed carry laws that reduce rape. Clearly, they have decided that they are more interested in preventing an assault on their worldview than in preventing assaults on innocent women.

Put simply, the time has come for these “social scientists” to stop acting like bums and become productive members of society. It may be true that they have families to feed and nowhere else to go. But we can’t keep giving them handouts forever.


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1 posted on 05/28/2012 4:22:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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2 posted on 05/28/2012 4:23:53 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
" They invoke race where it is irrelevant."

He learned that from 2 other so called Reverends.
Al & Jessie. . . . .

3 posted on 05/28/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: Kaslin

I was sure my house was probed by a home invader. A “urban youth” knocked on my door after dark. He held out a card saying he was deaf and needed bus fare. I was holding a baseball bat{handgun was upstairs,an error on me}. When he saw he was looking at a white guy armed with a bat, he withdrew empty handed.
The shame is that everyday we have to be on red alert. About 20 years ago I would have considered giving him a few bucks but now no way.
Now my Colt Commander is within arms reach. Anyone who invades my house will leave in a bag.


4 posted on 05/28/2012 4:32:21 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder, if riots broke out in a Texas city, would store windows be broken and stores looted.


5 posted on 05/28/2012 4:40:30 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (If you mute Obama, the DNC and LSM, you'll have a more accurate view of life in America.)
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To: Kaslin

I can see who is at my front door before I open it.

If I don’t know who the person is, and they look like bums, punks, or thugs I always open the door with a gun in my hand.

99% of the time they say “woa!” and walk off without saying nothing more...even if they are selling something. 1% of them are legit.

I keep a .410 snake charmer on the wall next to the door and a 5mm on a table next to the door. Of course, they are always loaded and ready for action.

It is a very stupid person who does not arm themselves in this world of Obama.


6 posted on 05/28/2012 4:43:52 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Yorlik803

Happened to me too. Young college age kid approached, waved vaguely across the street, claimed he needed money for a fan belt for his car. Spun an elaborate tale of having traveled from Tennessee to go to college in DC. Fan belt broke yadda yadda yadda.
I was filling my car with gas at a station off of I-495 near Wash. DC.
Told him I carried no cash and went about my business while he continued to whine.
Just a pan-handler preying upon the Eastern-Liberal I-95 corridor traffic.
Who travels to college by car without money? For gas? Or food?


7 posted on 05/28/2012 4:48:50 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: DH

5mm?


8 posted on 05/28/2012 4:52:26 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: DH

5mm?


9 posted on 05/28/2012 4:52:46 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: jospehm20

Watch out....he may pull a Kolibri on you.


10 posted on 05/28/2012 4:53:38 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: Kaslin

Somebody should tell Mike It’s legal to carry in you vehicle in TX, it just has to be concealed in the vehicle and not on your body, unless you have a CCW.


11 posted on 05/28/2012 4:55:30 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: edpc

I saw a picture of one of those in a 10 worst handguns list recently.


12 posted on 05/28/2012 4:56:01 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Kaslin

Amarillo is a big truck stop an hotel Motel stop on I-40.

I live about an hour away from there an seen tjhe east side an the north side turn into a third world shit hole.

After serving for 26 years all over the world I feel I am more than qualified to grade an declare areas as third world shit holes. More so here as it was a great place to live before I entered the service in 72.

I carry (have my CHL) an won’t shop or travel to that town unless I absolutely have to. Police ignore the bums beggars an dare I call em panhandlers to a point they are emboldened an aggressive .

All that said one should never go armed where they wouldn’t go unarmed if possible.

Getting very hard to do such in this era of socialist entitlements an the criminals camouflage of race.

More an more cities an small towns all over the CONUS where this story could have been written about. Amarillo just close to me so add my observations to this story.

Stay Safe ...


13 posted on 05/28/2012 4:58:08 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Kaslin

Something similar happened to me during this past Christmas season. I was making my way to the car with my purchases. A young man approached me while I was loading the car with some sad tale. I kept the cart between us and opened my coat to get my wallet. In the process of showing him I was not carrying cash, my .45 was not-so-subtly displayed. He went elsewhere.


14 posted on 05/28/2012 5:00:20 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: MulberryDraw
I wonder, if riots broke out in a Texas city, would store windows be broken and stores looted.

Not all Texas cities are equal. S Dallas or E Fort Worth are as bad as any urban city in the country. That activity would be met with extreme resistance in many other enclaves in DFW. Texas cities are a mixed bag but the small towns and rural outposts are reliably self-policing and riotous adventures wouldn't be even be attempted. The idea of it happening in E Texas is...amusing.

15 posted on 05/28/2012 5:02:23 AM PDT by Dysart (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Paisan
Just a pan-handler preying upon the Eastern-Liberal I-95 corridor traffic. Who travels to college by car without money? For gas? Or food?

One of the most common cons tried, and one I have ran into at least 3 times, is a guy, usually a guy that looks like a bum, will approach and claim he has a job but can't start until(insert day of the week here)and now he is broke and needs to feed his "family" and could you please give him a few bucks(usually a specific amount)to hold him until he starts work. I usually ask them if they are going to be paid the first day on the job, that normally makes them start stammering all over the place and they leave, if they don't leave at that point, I usually show my gun, not pointing just showing, that ALWAYS gets them to move on.

16 posted on 05/28/2012 5:03:25 AM PDT by calex59
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To: Kaslin
Very clever! Love it. And right on. Read John Lott!

NOW I GET TO TELL MY STORY

Freepers, I've had the pleasure of doing this TWICE. Please take heed.

Crazy guy (both times at urban gas station): "Yo man I need some gas, my car broke down and I am short. I will pay you back yada yada!

Me: No problem! How much do you need! Twenty bucks? You DO have ID on you, right, like a license?

Crazy guy: Yeah - yeah... Why?

Me: Here's how this works, dude. I've been short before too and it sucks. I DO have $20 or $40 and I WILL give it to you so you can get home. In exchange, I am going to give you MY mailing address and I am going to take YOUR Driver's License or other ID with your address. If you're really gonna pay me back, you'll want my address, right?

Crazy Guy: Oh Yeah! Yeah! Forty Bucks, right?

Me: Yes. And you have TWO WEEKS to pay me back. If you don't pay me back, I come to your house, probably at night, and I probably am going to set your house on fire, or I could just wait for you, outside, and put a bullet through... Your head probably... Or maybe just wait for you. Or a fire. Fire! I love fire. Give me your address... Give me your ID...

Crazy guy: (both times, backing away) Sh*t man, F#&k man, you CRAZY!CRAZY, MAN!


Two wonderful times... The last at that dirty little fuel stop with the McDonald's just off the 95 Northbound in Baltimore.
17 posted on 05/28/2012 5:05:40 AM PDT by golux
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To: golux

Beggars are getting more brazen around DC. I am routinely approached at our local 7-11.

Often it’s young kids dressed up and clean cut looking. They just have no shame anymore.


18 posted on 05/28/2012 5:16:52 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: Kaslin

bmfl


19 posted on 05/28/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: golux
Well, since we're sharing our similar stories...Last summer I was traveling overnight on a road trip via I-30 with my dogs, one a Pit Bull mix, and a huge Golden mix.

Stopped in southern Arkansas in a desolate McDonald's parking lot at 3:30 am to let them run around and take care of business. Was leaning on my hood when a very, very large black man wearing a wife beater creeped up on me with lights out, exited his car with a big smile on his face and headed toward me. I had my hg under my seat but no time to retrieve it. But I did have a very large spring assisted knife, as always, in my front pocket, and I decided to not wait for him to come to me, so I met him halfway, and adopted a closed stance at abt 5ft (something I learned years ago in taekwondo). He still hadn't noticed the dogs out running around yet. He proceeds to tell me he was from Stamps, Ar and he needed gas money to make it to Little Rock and additionally wanted directions(now why would someone set out in the middle of the night without sufficient fuel or the means to acquire it and not know the way? Everyone from S Ar knows you take the only way there--interstate 30). He reached into his pocket to pull out his DL, which he held up to my face. I believed this was intended as a distraction, and he likely would make his move as I inspected it if I was stoopid enough to do so. I knew something was abt to go down and had decided to break his knee cap and gut him before he ever knew what hit him. I secured my weapon...er, I mean my pocket knife...ready to pull when my Pit came running to check the guy out. He was prettified and backed away, asking me to keep the dogs away from him. I informed him I had no money to give and wished him luck.

Lesson: be attuned to any potential threat and always have a plan to deal with it, now more than ever. And get a dog.

20 posted on 05/28/2012 5:47:03 AM PDT by Dysart (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Dysart
prettified=petrified

He didn't have a purty mouth. At all!

21 posted on 05/28/2012 5:51:13 AM PDT by Dysart (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Kaslin

Geeze—when I’m traveling, I always have my pistol holstered and clipped to my belt. I can’t figure out what good a gun is when it’s locked in the trunk of your car and you get into some sort of threatening situation..........


22 posted on 05/28/2012 6:08:01 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Kaslin

If Mike let this man within 7 yards without being ready to shoot, he made a mistake.

He may not be so lucky next time.


23 posted on 05/28/2012 6:14:56 AM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: MulberryDraw

I wonder, if riots broke out in a Texas city, would store windows be broken and stores looted.”

In Dallas? Maybe.

In Amarillo? I doubt it....


24 posted on 05/28/2012 6:16:31 AM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: MulberryDraw
Yes but the looters would first go to Louisiana to do the window breaking and looting.
25 posted on 05/28/2012 6:21:07 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country., Really! NOW!!!)
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To: Kaslin
Not to get this thread off topic but these two statements jumped out at me.:

I also obtained my concealed weapon permit in 1997.

I usually carry a Smith and Wesson Model 640 in a bucket in the trunk of my car.

From a tactical point of view, Mr. Adams is handicapping himself badly if, in an emergency, he has to draw his weapon from the bucket in the trunk of his car. It would be much faster to draw from a holster on his hip.

His comments on the socioloists are, as usual, spot on.

26 posted on 05/28/2012 6:31:12 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: golux

Off subject, but I have to pass on what my wealthy friend does with salesmen:

Salesman calls my buddy trying to sell investments, usually oil & gas partnerships.

My buddy says, “Yes, I am the head of the family corporation and am responsible for investing several million dollars. Please send me your prospectus with a check for $2500 and I will have my CPA and Attorney analyze it. They cost $250 per hour, and it usually takes about 10 hours to analyze a prospectus. If their time runs over 10 hours I’ll let you know how much more money to send.”

Click.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 6:35:55 AM PDT by darth
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To: Paine in the Neck

Ok, so if he wants to carry it in his trunk - why a bucket?


28 posted on 05/28/2012 6:42:18 AM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Last Dakotan
Ok, so if he wants to carry it in his trunk - why a bucket?

I suppose the bucket is to keep it from sliding all around loose, so he knows where it is when he has to draw it quickly.

29 posted on 05/28/2012 6:53:39 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Kaslin
My two daughters and I had just completed our shopping at the local boot store. We were headin to the truck (evenin time) when I noticed a black guy lookin our direction at a stop and shop kinda store.

He began walkin in our direction. I beeped the truck open, the girls hopped in. As I opened my door and started to slip in, I opened the center console, shook off the holster of my .38 snub.

Sat in the drivers seat, put the pistol in my lap, turned to pull my door closed and there he was, standing just on the other side of the glass.

He'd come around the back side of the truck, kinda in my blind spot. He said something, but I didn't understand what he said.

I said, “BACK UP”. He mouthed something else. I began raising Bertha and said again, “BACK UP”.

Guess what? This young black male understood exactly what was being asked of him.

Lucky for him....third times a charm!

30 posted on 05/28/2012 6:57:19 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: jospehm20

5.56 mm?

AR-15?

Me? I answer the door with a .45 on my hip under my shirt.


31 posted on 05/28/2012 6:59:25 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: calex59
I have noticed that these types of panhandlers have learned from TV pitchmen and TV preachers to ask for an exact amount, and to keep it very small.

Now there is an entire political campaign devoted to begging for $3 donations ...

32 posted on 05/28/2012 7:00:34 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Kaslin

Very well written.


33 posted on 05/28/2012 7:03:13 AM PDT by CPT Clay (Pick up your weapon and follow me.)
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To: MulberryDraw
I live in a small (<10k) central Texas town. A few years ago a wayward "urban ute" robbed and beat an 80+ yo (white)woman. A REAL "urban" community leader told the Sheriff and Police Chief "You better find him before we do".

The last thing they wanted was for the Crackers to be stirred up. Speaks volumes to the security of small towns where eveybody understands everybody else.

34 posted on 05/28/2012 7:04:07 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Paine in the Neck
If he's going to carry it around in a bucket, maybe he ought to get a bigger bucket:
35 posted on 05/28/2012 7:22:29 AM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: MulberryDraw

Only in Holder’s side of town. Won’t see much rioting in Texas, too many “anti-riot” rednecks!


36 posted on 05/28/2012 7:30:04 AM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Kaslin

A panhandler walked up to me in a convenience store parking lot and asked for some money for food. I said “I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll take you to an AA meeting then buy you something to eat afterwards.”

He said “F... you!” and walked away.


37 posted on 05/28/2012 7:37:45 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Terry Mross

I had one walk up to me in the parking lot of a grocery store and ask for $5 because he was hungry. I told him I would go back inside and buy him some bread, lunchmeat, etc. He walked off.


38 posted on 05/28/2012 7:57:22 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Kaslin

Orlando Florida Thanksgiving 2011. Wife and youngest child get out and go into a Dunkin Donuts for a bathroom break. Once inside a cracked out homeless guy starts chasing people around the parking lot asking for money. He sees me sitting in the family minivan and thinks easy target. He knocks on my drivers glass. I roll down window a half inch and ask what he wants. He says money and I say no. He gets mad and I roll up the window. Now I carry 2 guns when traveling. A glock 27 and a sig p238. The sig stays in my front pocket. The g27 stays in drivers side door. I pull the glock and keep it down but obvious I have it. To my surprise this does noy deter him. We lock eyes and I bring support hand into position. I mouth to him “back up” twice. The second time he came to his senses and walked away. I call police. Now I have a new problem. Wife and child inside and other kids inside. I motion for wife to stay inside. Guy walks to other side of parking lot and she makes dash for van. Everyone in and doors locked we drive away.

Lessons learned

1. Without gun the guy would have attacked me.
2. Wife needs to carry at all times.
3. Tactically I had spread myself thin having two seperate groups to protect
4. The glock was a much better comfort than the sig when confronted by a large person who was under the influence of drugs.
5. When seconds count, guns are the only protection you may have.


39 posted on 05/28/2012 8:00:07 AM PDT by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
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To: Kaslin
I have a tendency to go “on alert” every time I get out of my truck in a strange place.

I've also noticed that my family members do not see or perceive possible troubles in rest stops or other areas when stopped, they are focused on using the restroom or getting food and nothing else.

So I usually hang back (gun in hand) and keep an eye on possible troublemakers while the family member do their business.

I've tried to make them more aware of their surroundings but I have found it is hopeless.

40 posted on 05/28/2012 8:10:46 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Squantos

***I live about an hour away from there an seen tjhe east side an the north side turn into a third world shit hole.***

I’ve seen Tulsa OK do the same thing. I rarely go there any more. South Peoria used to be nice. Now they have section 8 housing and lots of crime just south of I-44 (Skelly Bypass). Lots of nice areas forty years ago are now seedy. I felt safer unarmed in NYC last week.


41 posted on 05/28/2012 8:18:30 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Squantos

The areas of Amarillo I saw when stopping for the night on my way to visit my dad in Las Cruces raised my hackles a little in the early eighties, and I was a not-exactly world wise eighteen years old.

Hard edged, wary, tired looking people working in the establishments, a lot of shady looking sorts patronizing those establishments mixed in with truckers who looked ready to shoot anybody who messed with them. And the tourists passing through like myself, who looked awfully naive, vulnerable and unaware.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are some fine people in West Texas, know a few now, and no doubt there are some fine places, but it took years for me to view the place as anything but awful because of that experience.


42 posted on 05/28/2012 8:30:44 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Dysart

***Well, since we’re sharing our similar stories***

About 20 years ago we went to Nashville to visit my kin folks. After dark, on I-40, my wife and mom insisted I pull over in the NEXT(!) convenience store so they could use the restroom. As I was not familiar with the area I balked until I could look around but they INSISTED I PULL OVER at the next convenience store!

So I did. The hackles on my neck went up. There, back in the dark were lots of cars with several blacks in each one, no one getting out, just sitting and doing nothing. Looking(drug drop?).

I decided to stay in the car with two loaded pistols in my hands. My wife and mom were so oblivious to the danger they immediately hopped out, got half way to the convenience store when they suddenly wised up and immediately turned around and hightailed it back to the car.

We then went on down the road and stayed at a safe state park.

For some reason some women will not pick up on the danger around them. They are totally focused on a restroom break or food break.


43 posted on 05/28/2012 8:33:13 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Anything Goes, Phantom of the Opera, Nice work if you can get it, EVITA. On BROADWAY last week.!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Suggest you try Armed Citizen in NRA magazines.
Our personal security, and that of our family, is truly OUR responsibility, so you keep on trying to get their attention on this subject.

My daughter in law had the same attitude as your family. Then something happened, close by, that really got her attention. Now she wants her CHL and her own carry weapon.

As a shout out, I hope all the responders here are member of Gun Owners of America, NRA, your state Rifle Association or any of the myriad of Pro-Second Amendment organizations.
Yeah, I know, some of us have issues with NRA, but quit being grumpy and hard headed and join something that supports the Second Amendment. OK?

44 posted on 05/28/2012 8:38:50 AM PDT by Tahoe3002
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To: Dysart
prettified

You what they say about being out after midnight, lol.

45 posted on 05/28/2012 8:40:58 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: edpc
In the process of showing him I was not carrying cash,

If I'm reading your post correctly, you did something beyond foolish.

46 posted on 05/28/2012 8:48:43 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Many women and some men have a very strong normalcy bias, believing others view the world and behave the same as they do. They'll.think you're paranoid for being guarded in certain situations and around certain people. They have no hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck sense at all.

But, let something happen in their neighborhood or to them personally, and “normal” swings wildly over to a bias on the other end of the scale. You can clearly see how mass hysteria gets rolling, and this is just the sort of mindset behind anti-gun legislation, overbearing laws and police excess, they want it once they perceive themselves to have lost their safe normal, when it never really existed in the first place, outside everyone having a very healthy regard for boundaries that at times has to be reinforced and clarified individually.

47 posted on 05/28/2012 8:57:05 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
You what they say about being out after midnight, lol.

Sometimes my typos make me cringe, but occasionally the accidental humor is better than any thoughtful,crafted comedic yarn I could forge...

48 posted on 05/28/2012 9:05:06 AM PDT by Dysart (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -- Edmund Burke)
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To: Kaslin
It just so happened that the stumbling “preacher” was approaching from my left hand side and could see my hands clearly as I was unpacking.

I wonder how many jurisdictions would call that "brandishing?"

49 posted on 05/28/2012 9:13:26 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Dysart

Yeah now, see, I was considerin you quite the wordsmith till you up and confessed it was an accident. :o)


50 posted on 05/28/2012 9:17:25 AM PDT by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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