Do/would you carry a handgun?

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Registered: 05-09-2010
Do/would you carry a handgun?
Sun, 08-18-2013 - 11:42am

I have recently joined a new women's group in real life and while out to lunch I happened to glance down while one of the ladies was getting something out of her purse and noticed she had a handgun. I asked her about it and it turned out another lady in the group also carries one. Both took firearms classes and have received permits in recent years. I thought it interesting that in that small group of older women there were two with handguns and wondered if this were a new trend among older women or women in general. (While I support the right to carry one, I myself would never carry one because I know I would never use it.)

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Registered: 07-31-1998
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 10:37pm


I am with you! I absolutely wouldn't carry one. I would probably be more of a danger to myself than to anyone else.

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Registered: 06-15-2002
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 11:06am

No, no, and no.  We had one in our house way back when my husband was in the military.  He was away for a few days on a mission but  he came home in the middle of the  night earlier than I expected.  When I heard the door opening, I was thinking that I should grab the gun out of the drawer. Thank heavens I didn't, I might have shot my husband by mistake!

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Registered: 10-19-2000
Wed, 08-28-2013 - 11:34am

I do own a handgun. I do not have a CCW permit however, so I don't carry it with me.  However, if I were to plan on doing much cross-country  traveling by myself I think I might apply for a CCW permit and carry it.  Trouble with that is that each state has its own rules about carrying a weapon - so one needs to be particularly careful about when and where it is carried.

I grew up in a hunting family and have used guns of many kinds during my life.  I have had training on their use and  am careful of the way I handle them.  I realize it is not something that everyone is comfortable with though. 

Oh, and I do NOT keep the gun I have at my bedside - there is a nice container of pepper spray that I have for that purpose.  I would hate to shoot someone I love by accident thinking they were an intruder.

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Registered: 05-25-1999
Sat, 09-07-2013 - 12:51pm

We have I think 3 rifles, Del used to hunt a lot. But when he started driving milk truck in the late 60s there just wasn't time. So the guns we have are not worth more since they were old when we got them......but first I would have to find them. We broke them down and have them stored somewhere around the place we call a garage....

I went hunting when I was about 9 months pregnant with our first child. I saw a pheasant (is that spelled right?) Anyway, I stood there and it came out of the grass and I hit it when it was about 6' off the ground. It didn't thrill me, or give me any feelings at all, probably cause I knew I would be cleaning I never went again.....once and that was it. But to save my life? Could I shoot a human? I always thought that I could shoot someone in the leg and then run faster than they could........but that was when I was 20, now there is no way I could No I would if I could run over him with the car before I could shoot him....

I did shoot a handgun one time when I was younger I think I was pregnant then too I don't remember what kind it was but I hit the target but it took a week for my bones to go back where they should......No guns for me. I think I would try and talk him out of what he wanted to do......but then when he finds out I don't carry any cash at all and I have a Tracfone he might just do me in