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Just thought I would chime in on an important article that I read in a magazine.......Having the right to have a CCW for protection is a special privilege. However, many gun owners don't realize that just because you feel safe when you are out, i.e., in your car, shopping, whatever, doesn't mean you are safe at home. That is, at home without your firearm. Yea, having it on the nightstand with a flashlight is common practice for everyone that I have talked too. But, what about taking out the garbage at night, sitting outside enjoying the cool of the evening, or just plain walking around the house. A lot of times during these normal everyday scenarios, that may be exactly when the "bad guy" might strike. Doesn't do a bit of good if your firearm is in a safe, or a drawer or laying on your nightstand. The bottom line is that all gun owners must be prepared to protect themselves, their families and their homes at ALL times. You have absolutely no time to be looking for your weapon while engaging with someone trying to harm you or rob you. All of my close friends and family know me and know that my baby is ALWAYS within reach without any questions! Day and night! Just a little advice that I found to be useful! :)
 

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Because I like my home open (call me old fashion) windows and doors open every chance I can, something about fresh air and sun light makes me happy. it might be an invitation to those who think I am an easy target to give it a go so I keep a firearm within arm’s reach when the home is quiet (no guest).
Maybe it's hearing about the 1% of home invasions that shake up the 99% that never had one!
 

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My CCW for that week is always handy though not on me when relaxing around the house.
 

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My CCW for that week is always handy though not on me when relaxing around the house.
Myself, being about 165 soaking wet, not prepared for hand to hand against someone bigger than me! LOL! So, I feel much safer with the firearm close by!! :eek:
 

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But, I'm thinking I could "hold my own" if protecting my family!!
 

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We have a 2 bedroom home. I own more guns than what is in my signature line. There is a gun within reach of every room. Even though I live in a LOW crime city/state, being born and raised in the Washington D.C. area my paranoid ways are already set in stone. Dave
 

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We have a 2 bedroom home. I own more guns than what is in my signature line. There is a gun within reach of every room. Even though I live in a LOW crime city/state, being born and raised in the Washington D.C. area my paranoid ways are already set in stone. Dave
I wouldn't call it paranoid, I would call it being safe and cautious. It's great that you have those parameters in place if you ever need them. I also make sure my girlfriend has fired everything that I keep loaded up. She can use the firearms as good as me and she, no doubt, has no fear of opening up on an intruder!
 

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Guys, it's not about how many weapons we may have...and we can have one in every room, closet, car and even every pocket...it's all about situational awareness. It's being aware that surprises can happen when we don't expect them...that's why they are called surprises...Being aware that things can happen is what should keep us alert, and being alert can keep you alive... :)
 

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Guys, it's not about how many weapons we may have...and we can have one in every room, closet, car and even every pocket...it's all about situational awareness. It's being aware that surprises can happen when we don't expect them...that's why they are called surprises...Being aware that things can happen is what should keep us alert, and being alert can keep you alive... :)
Very well stated!! :)
 

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We have a 2 bedroom home. I own more guns than what is in my signature line. There is a gun within reach of every room. Even though I live in a LOW crime city/state, being born and raised in the Washington D.C. area my paranoid ways are already set in stone. Dave
Sometimes it takes being exposed to crime to wake us up...Dave, you have obviously been there, and as you said, you have that mindset...Even those that feel they live in "Mayberry", let me assure you that there is no such place that exists today that unarmed Andy and bumbling Barney can safely protect with that old school mindset. There may be some places that seem extremely safe, but let me assure you that criminals are always on the lookout for an "easy target". And don't let the fact that you are armed lull you into a false sense of security...
 

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The following is from Wikipedia, on Jeff Coopers thought process on the matter...This apply's to 24/7, not just at home, and worth knowing...
Combat Mindset—The Cooper Color Code

The most important means of surviving a lethal confrontation, according to Cooper, is neither the weapon nor the martial skills. The primary tool is the combat mindset, set forth in his book, Principles of Personal Defense.[5] In the chapter on awareness, Cooper presents an adaptation of the Marine Corps system to differentiate states of readiness:
The color code, as originally introduced by Jeff Cooper, had nothing to do with tactical situations or alertness levels, but rather with one's state of mind. As taught by Cooper, it relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. Cooper did not claim to have invented anything in particular with the color code, but he was apparently the first to use it as an indication of mental state.[6]

White: Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker. When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be "Oh my God! This can't be happening to me."
Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that "today could be the day I may have to defend myself". You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that "I may have to shoot today". You don't have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don't know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to "Watch your six." (In aviation 12 o'clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft's nose. Six o'clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are "taking in" surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, "I might have to shoot."
Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six). Your mindset shifts to "I may have to shoot that person today", focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: "If that person does "X", I will need to stop them". Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.
Red: Condition Red is fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. "If 'X' happens I will shoot that person".
The USMC uses condition Black, although it was not originally part of Cooper's Color Code. Condition Black: Catastrophic breakdown of mental and physical performance. Usually over 175 heartbeats per minute, increased heart rate becomes counter productive. May have stopped thinking correctly. This can happen when going from Condition White or Yellow immediately to Condition Red.
In short, the Color Code helps you "think" in a fight. As the level of danger increases, your willingness to take certain actions increases. If you ever do go to Condition Red, the decision to use lethal force has already been made (your "mental trigger" has been tripped).

Entire article can be found here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Cooper
 

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Sometimes it takes being exposed to crime to wake us up...Dave, you have obviously been there, and as you said, you have that mindset...Even those that feel they live in "Mayberry", let me assure you that there is no such place that exists today that unarmed Andy and bumbling Barney can safely protect with that old school mindset. There may be some places that seem extremely safe, but let me assure you that criminals are always on the lookout for an "easy target". And don't let the fact that you are armed lull you into a false sense of security...
Thanks rowabi! That is very good advice. Living in a "rural" area outside of the "big city" really doesn't make me feel any more protected as if I lived in the city. I am one of those that watch everything and everyone in the local neighborhood. If something doesn't seem right, I have a tendency to watch even closer. There is a County Deputy that lives a few houses down and he knows how I am about watching, so between the 2 of us, we TRY to keep a good eye on things, although those "surprises" can arise anytime, anywhere!
 

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Thanks rowabi! That is very good advice. Living in a "rural" area outside of the "big city" really doesn't make me feel any more protected as if I lived in the city. I am one of those that watch everything and everyone in the local neighborhood. If something doesn't seem right, I have a tendency to watch even closer. There is a County Deputy that lives a few houses down and he knows how I am about watching, so between the 2 of us, we TRY to keep a good eye on things, although those "surprises" can arise anytime, anywhere!
That's the way we gotta be, man...eyes open, mind in gear...lol.. :D...keep it up...No offense to our LE brothers on here, but when seconds count, the police are only minutes away...When someone asks you why you carry a gun, just tell them the truth..."because a cop is too heavy"... :p
 

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That's the way we gotta be, man...eyes open, mind in gear...lol.. :D...keep it up...No offense to our LE brothers on here, but when seconds count, the police are only minutes away...When someone asks you why you carry a gun, just tell them the truth..."because a cop is too heavy"... :p
You never cease to amaze me of your knowledge and resources! I'm thinking maybe you should write a book! LOL! I would read it. And thanks again for the good advice and resources! :eek:
 

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You never cease to amaze me of your knowledge and resources! I'm thinking maybe you should write a book! LOL! I would read it. And thanks again for the good advice and resources! :eek:
Thanks, but nothing so special about me...I learned a lot in the military, and had friends that got me into hunting, handguns..I love to gain knowledge from others experiences and abilities, and I enjoy getting to share them with others. I'm blessed to live in this country, and do what I do, because of all of those who've gone before me and paid the price for our freedoms...I never take it for granted...any of it...and I intend to do all I can to help preserve and defend that way of life. That can be help be accomplished by just taking time to share the beliefs, and the shooting sports, and love for hunting/fishing, etc. people took time, and had patience with me...who am I not to do share the same in return...? :)
 

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Thanks, but nothing so special about me...I learned a lot in the military, and had friends that got me into hunting, handguns..I love to gain knowledge from others experiences and abilities, and I enjoy getting to share them with others. I'm blessed to live in this country, and do what I do, because of all of those who've gone before me and paid the price for our freedoms...I never take it for granted...any of it...and I intend to do all I can to help preserve and defend that way of life. That can be help be accomplished by just taking time to share the beliefs, and the shooting sports, and love for hunting/fishing, etc. people took time, and had patience with me...who am I not to do share the same in return...? :)
Again, well stated. I agree with everything you said. I am glad to have served my country. I learned a lot. A WHOLE lot. And when someone else has advice, I listen, if they want mine, I kindly share! :eek:
 

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That's the way we gotta be, man...eyes open, mind in gear...lol.. :D...keep it up...No offense to our LE brothers on here, but when seconds count, the police are only minutes away...When someone asks you why you carry a gun, just tell them the truth..."because a cop is too heavy"... :p
No offense because it is the truth. If I am 30 seconds from your house and you get attacked you have to realize that even if I am psychic and instantly respond it doesn't take 30 seconds for someone to kill you.
 

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No offense because it is the truth. If I am 30 seconds from your house and you get attacked you have to realize that even if I am psychic and instantly respond it doesn't take 30 seconds for someone to kill you.
Very good point jb!!
 

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No offense because it is the truth. If I am 30 seconds from your house and you get attacked you have to realize that even if I am psychic and instantly respond it doesn't take 30 seconds for someone to kill you.
jbglock, I believe that any LEO that has been on the job for very long would agree with that point, as I'm glad you do too! You guys can't be everywhere at once, and the average citizen needs to realize this.
 
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