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  •  This is where I come to as well (2+ / 0-)
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    TRPChicago, gerrilea

    I often find myself thinking, if I did have a weapon would it escalate the situation unnecessarily?   Would the person who is attempting a crime adjust their methods based on me being armed making the outcome far more dangerous for both of us?

    I don't know.   I have chosen not to carry and there are many reasons with that being one of them.  

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    by Chris Reeves on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 02:47:50 PM PST

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    •  I guess that depends on if you can decide to (1+ / 0-)
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      openly confront the perp.

      I choose not to do that whenever possible. I would prefer to know that I have some kind of protection and cover and if at all possible, move on the fringes of a potential confrontation, until I can make an exit or until the creep leaves.

      I think the problem is that some people believe that having a gun means they have to confront a perp and that simply isn't true.

      You don't HAVE to do that, if the situation doesn't force you to. And I recommend NOT doing that unless there is an irrefutably, compelling reason to do so.

      But then I am not operating on the assumption, that the perpetrator is not armed. I am not operating on the assumption that the perp has nonviolent intentions.

      The best defense is to disappear whenever possible. I would much rather shoot my camera than anything else. And if given the opportunity, will do just that, for legal reasons. I will definitely be dialing 911.

      I think that a lot of people are confused about this. If I am cornered, I will stand my ground, because I have no where left to go. Or if someone has cornered my family members, etc., but short of that, I am looking for an exit where I can guide everyone out of the situation, and we can find a safer place to hole up until law enforcement arrives.

      Sadly in addition to doing fire drills and tornado drills in our house, we have also done home invasion drills, and still do them.

      •  I agree. If there's a choice to flee or disappear, (1+ / 0-)
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        ... absolutely choose the best one for the moment.

        A gun might make some of us feel like we can be bolder, but it doesn't make most of us better or more powerful and certainly no more capable if confronted with a larger, stronger person or someone who is armed.

        In fact, the advice from the Chicago PD is that we're much more likely to have a gun taken away from us, possibly used against us, before we have a chance to use it.

        (And remember, if a cop sees you with a gun, what he sees is a person with a gun. Having a gun in your hand is guaranteed not to make the officer feel any better about you.)

        Wise people don't glorify weapons.

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        by TRPChicago on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 08:30:01 PM PST

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