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Do you carry weapons with you or on your bike?

5/24/2010 6:48:51 PM

So maybe I'm naive, or maybe I'm just lucky...but I don't own a gun, and I don't carry any weapons with me on my bike.  I've come to realize that a lot of bikers DO.  And I have to wonder why?

I don't hang out with "trouble" and after 45 years on this planet (growing up in MIAMI, FL of all places) I thankfully don't feel the need to ride with a weapon.  Now before you jump all over me let me say a few things: 1. Hopefully I'll never regret it.   2. I am not against guns or knives.

I have handled both handguns and rifles at times over the years, and I've actually enjoyed shooting at targets.  I'm not into hunting - I hunt for food at the grocery store basically...so I haven't felt the need to have a gun with me. I haven't been in a fist-fight in 30 years, either.  I mostly get along with everyone.

This all comes up after thinking about the last bike rally I attended...the conversation came up...and I'm always surprised at how many people feel like they're in danger, or worried about getting stuck in a dangerous situation.

I live in urban S. Florida...there's plenty of crime around here and you don't need to look to far to find it.  I know where the "ghettos" are, and I don't go there.  Maybe it's different up North, where things are more spread out, there's less population and more chances for bad stuff to happen...My curiosity lies in finding out just how many of you ride with weapons, and why you feel it's necessary.

So let me know what you think - the best 2 answers (1 for, 1 against) will get a free Joe's Juice Starter Kit - this comes with the juice, an eco-friendly pressurized sprayer, and a terry towel to get the bugs and crap, and a micro fibre towel.  I love the stuff, and Joe was cool enough to sponser this little giveaway.

Until Next time, ride safe and keep the love-bugs out of your mouth (they taste like crap!),
Mark Turkel
http://www.RideBellChain.com

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Comments:

Created By: Admin S  On 5/24/2010 7:04:38 PM
   PS. What kind of bike do you ride as well? I'll gather the stats and let everyone know if there's a trend or not...
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Created By: Wilder L  On 5/24/2010 7:44:58 PM
   I have a Florida concealed weapons permit. I travel alone on my Harley Road Glide and to me being armed is a no-brainer. At 64 years of age, I'm not going to be able to defend myself without a weapon. Skipper
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Created By: Kempenich J  On 5/24/2010 8:02:37 PM
   I have always felt if your looking for trouble or don't care if you find it you will. If it dose not fell wright don't do it or go there and if the hairs stand up on the back of your neck lisen to them. I don't carry but not out of the question. I go all over on my Yamaha RSTD on thouble yet.
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Created By: Vanderploeg K  On 5/24/2010 8:08:08 PM
   The level of protection on a bike is diminished not only from crashes and weather, but from anyone looking to do you harm. There are no door locks, windows, or sheet metal to protect you. You have to use your awareness to avoid those situations, and a weapon to stop a situation when it's unavoidable. No one buys bike insurance hoping to use it, a weapon is the same way.
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Created By: Rottman R  On 5/24/2010 8:21:40 PM
   Yes I carry. I carry a pair of single action Rugers in .45 Long Colt inside my vest, one holster sewn into each side. The best reason I can give is that I live three miles north of Detroit and have to ride through there often. As the sign says "Welcome to Detroit, We Hope You Survive".
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Created By: Rohme R  On 5/24/2010 8:27:55 PM
   I have a carry conceal permit and I usually have one in a ankle holster and one in the windshield bag ... It seems I just keep seeing more and more ignorance out their and if I can help it I refuse to be the victim. like they say :IF YOU HEARD THE SHOT ,YOU WEREN'T THE TARGET " Ride safe everyone ...
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Created By: Storey T  On 5/24/2010 8:33:12 PM
   I usually travel alone and yes, I carry a S&W 40 for protection. If good citizens don't have guns, then only criminals will have them. It's for "What if...", just like insurance. You sure don't want to have to use it, but you'll be sorry if you need it and don't have it. Therefore, the question is not "Why should I carry a weapon?"...It is "Why SHOULDN'T I carry a weapon. Luckily, 34 other states honor Florida's concealed weapon permit.
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Created By: bucher b  On 5/24/2010 9:24:21 PM
   I do not carry, i own shotguns/rifle's. I would rather die trying to figure a way out of a situation, than kill someone else. people get pissed too easy today I lost an older brother and a good friend to gun shots. so i'm probably afraid of taking somebody else's best friend or family member over road rage, or my wallet. I ride a yamaha cruiser.
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Created By: Maldonado C  On 5/24/2010 10:28:50 PM
   Simple: It is better to have and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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Created By: . F  On 5/25/2010 12:36:57 AM
   Defend yourself? Against what? The cager you abused only to find out he was 7 foot tall. If you don't start a fight, you won't find yourself in one.
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Created By: Modin E  On 5/25/2010 5:26:15 AM
   UP here in Canada we CANNOT carry weapons,and the criminals keep getting bolder,i've lost a good friend to a home invasion/gang initiation(she got up in the night to check on her kids and surprised 2 bastards heading 4 the kids room).and another good friend who's daughter and her boyfriend were victims of a swarming. He almost didn't make it. These were INNOCENT PEOPLE who wern't looking for a fight. POLICE arn't superheros who will be there to stop things like these, they will only be able to try and catch then after its already done. If you say to yourself it can't happen to me ... well guess again.the bad people don't care if you never spit on the sidewalk.Infact thats what they lookfor. BUT they will take notice when a grandmother pulls a 9mm out of her purse and says" leave my granddaughter alone". Properly trained ordinary citizens "not vigilantes" will be the only deterent this world will soon have. I never want to look for or start a fight ... but i will no stand idilly by and watch while an innocent or loved one is victimized. Should just anybody be allowed to carry... Hell NO... but those who have proven they can handle the physical and emotional/intellectual responsibilities that "packn heat" DEMANDS then there should be an "open door" for them. while i stand 6'1 in my boots and weigh 280 lbs ,i'm no match for 8-10 little bastards who have a mindset to swarm someone just because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.Does society believe this kind ofbehavior should be tollerated. And if its you being swarmed coz you were too happy holding hands with your G/F or wife. and they didn't like it. who's gonna help you??( really happened to my friends daughter and her boyfriend in Calgary, he spent 3 weeks in intensive care and has lots of facial reconstruction ahead of him.)DO I CARRY?? no ...DO I WANT TO?? YES ,but with training and the law on MY side. HONDA VTX1800s thanks for lettn me voice my opinion on this subject. RIDE FREE,LIVE FREE.PROTECT THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES.
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Created By: Bennett C  On 5/25/2010 8:41:40 AM
   I don't carry a gun. I don't even own a gun.. Lately though I am considering it... They way things are going I think it is getting worse instead of better and the more unemployment means more desperate people. So I think it may be time...
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Created By: Cloonan J  On 5/25/2010 8:54:13 AM
   I don't carry, but I also don't own a gun, and don't have any desire to do so. I also believe that the gun lobby here in the United States has done a great job blinding people to both the language of the Constitution and general statistics about guns and "protection." I generally find that the people I know who do carry have no real need. They're unlikely to ride in places where there will be problems, and many of them barely put a thousand miles a year on their motorcycles. Further, they're carrying the weapon in a tank bag or somewhere else they're unlikely to be able to access it if there was a need. Mostly the people I find who carry on motorcycles are young men doing it to show off and add an additional level of "machismo" to their persona, and the occasional conservative doing it to make a political statement. For the record, I currently ride a Yamaha YZF-R6.
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Created By: McMonigle D  On 5/25/2010 9:34:38 AM
   You are both naive and lucky as you state. I always carry in States I am legal to do so. The gun is like the Gerber knife/tool, the spare quart of oil, the tie wraps and duct tape I carry. It's there if I ever need it. I have had 2 historical reminders of my need to carry. I was in Springfield Mall in Pennsylvania when a young deranged Silvia Seegrist walked in and started shooting people. Making things worse was I was there unarmed with my wife and 2 young sons, one in a stroller. She walked through the mall shooting/executing perfect strangers. I lived through that oversight, I will never again. My second incident was in the city of Philadelphia. I was at the Vietnam Memorial and walked to my bike to get my hat and gloves. 11:00PM. A street guy approaches me and asks for some change, I pull out a fiver and give it to him. As I was handing it to him he grabs my hand and says, "I want all you got or I'm going to fuck you all up"! I pulled my hand away from him and uncovered my weapon from under my jean vest. All I did was show him my weapon in my holster and I said, "That request will not end very well for you, asshole!" He left, and dropped my five also. I grabbed the 5 from the ground and ran back to my fellow bikers. These are 2 examples of my reasons, but I often mention I carry for the reasons I can not plan for. The unexpected is just that. Like I said, I am the guy you ride with who has the gas siphon tubing for filling up those 883 peanut tanks.(90 miles, really?) I have the Tie Wraps, the duct tape, the tools and knowledge to use them. I am prepared for the unexpected in every way. Also, I carry all the time, not just on my bike! All the time includes the bike time. Add to that I sometimes avoid riding in states that do not allow me to carry. NJ being one.
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Created By: Kelly D  On 5/25/2010 9:53:55 AM
   Interesting you should ask. I just took a concealed carry class and have been pondering if I should apply with the sheriff for my permit. I'm getting older and the body has been through heart surgery and hip replacement surgery within the past decade. There was a time I was totally convinced I could handle my own in any situation. Not feeling that confident any longer. Most fights I have walked away from if it was only myself involved. However if a friend or family member was threatened, I was there with nostrils flaring. I've always carried a pocket knife but now the question is do I start carrying a handgun. I'm thinking the answer is yes. There just seem to be more and more creeps in the world. I hope I never use if for anything other than targets but I have no doubt if needed to protect my family or friends I would defend.
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Created By: Walrath M  On 5/25/2010 1:03:35 PM
   No I don’t carry a weapon now. I have ridden for 37 years and in my younger years I used to think I need to. However after three separate carrying a concealed weapon convictions, I smartened up. In retrospect, my thinking about the need to carry a weapon was a necessity because of the lifestyle I lived. The choices I made lead me to dangers circumstances, dealing with dangerous people. In reality though, most of the danger was in my own head. I since have changed my choices and life style. I don’t live in fear and I have learned when I ride, even though I still know allot of the same people and groups they ride in, it is a matter of respect… a lesson in life, disrespect can lead to a world of hurt. BTW, it doesn’t’ matter what you ride just as long as you ride. I ride an 02 Indian, an 07 Honda VTX and a 06 Suzuki C90, had plenty of others over the years though.
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Created By: Vertuno J  On 5/25/2010 4:18:47 PM
   Similar to Dan (above) - I was not only a boy scout, but an adult scouter for 14 years. Really learned to "be prepared". Yes, I have a concealed weapon license and carry while riding and not riding. I also carry a 1st aid kit, additional rain gear and duck tape. I ride an 05 Ultra Classic with over 72K miles. I don't expect to use any of these items - however, if the situation arises - better to be prepared than not.
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Created By: Morris E  On 5/25/2010 4:24:47 PM
   I carry a small 380 Keltec with me wherever I ride, I do have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Normally because I'm alone, female and I just feel better having it. I go to the range at least once a month to keep fresh. I hope I never have to use it for personal protection, but it DID come in handy when a riding partner hit a dog, seriously injuring it. We were out in the middle of nowhere, the dog came out of the weeds to chase the bikes and... well... he was not going to survive, but the hit didn't kill him. So, I pulled out the gun and... put him out of his misery. Not a pleasant thing to do, but we couldn't transport him, there were no houses around and we weren't going to just leave him there suffering. I hope and pray I never have to do that again. I have carried some kind of handgun for the past 25 or so years and haven't had to use it for personal protection. Hopefully, I won't, but I'll always be prepared.
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Created By: Boyd M  On 5/25/2010 5:30:51 PM
   I have a concealed carry permit, and I do carry while I ride. There are no door locks, windshields, or sheet metal to protect you while you un-ass the area. A slight bump from the rear, or a knock in the head with a bat from the cage that just pulled up beside you, and you WILL go down. I carry a mine crossdraw, so I can draw with my right while keeping my hand on the clutch-only if/when I am unable to un-ass the AO. Hope I never have to use it.
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Created By: moll a  On 5/25/2010 5:59:42 PM
   Simply put Yes I do ride with one. I have a concealed carry permit, and I do carry while I ride. I have clients where I visit there office's at all hours of the day and night. Some of these clients are if bad neighborhoods, only go there in day light hours. Other though they maybe in a nice neighborhood during the day there are those that are out for an opportunity at night. One place even had 24 hour security. At that place I have been approached when walking back to my bike. They only need to see it become visible to back off. While riding I have never felt the need that it would be needed. I can always ride away from the issues that arise. It is not a matter of where you are at the moment. It is a matter of being prepared for the moment when it does happen. I will not be a victim. As to what I carry it depends on what I pickup from my safe. As to what I ride, 2010 Harley Ultra Classic
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Created By: Lewis D  On 5/25/2010 6:01:26 PM
   I have a concealed carry permit for large capacity firearms in MA. I also have been in the martial arts for too long (getting old.) I'm not worried about a fight, but have learned a few things. 1) You don't know who you're fighting. 2) You don't know what they know 3) You don't know what weapons they have 4) You don't know if they know how to use them (like accidently pulling the trigger) 5) If they pull a knife, the good news is they'll probably use it so you know what's coming. Use your training if you have it. 6) If they pull a gun - see #5 7) Quietly slink away facing your adversary, shoulders low. If you can get 20' feet away, you'll probably be ok. No one will call you a pussy, they'll just wonder where hell you went. 8) If 1-7 don't work, you may have to blast thay motherfu@#ER to kindom-come. After all that, I never have carried while riding. Probably because I'm too lazy to get the holster, gun, couple of mags. I ride to get away from things that suck. I avoid bad neighborhoods, bad people, dangerous places. I'm more worried about just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. More worried about man-eating animals than people that act like animals. The bottom line for me, is I love my guns. I'll carry them when I want, where I want. Just hasn't happened yet. Dave
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Created By: Chambers L  On 5/25/2010 6:11:32 PM
   I am a woman who rides a motorcycle. Some people think that's an invitation to harass me when I ride by myself. I also ride with a group of women bikers and sometimes people let their egos get in the way of common sense. I have carried a gun for the past 25 years and nothings happened. I don't want to jinx the odds and my good luck, so I will continue to carry. A lady's best friend is always by her side :-)
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Created By: Freeman R  On 5/25/2010 6:39:12 PM
   It depends on where I'm going and what I'm doing. I'm a woman and if I'm traveling long distance or camping by myself I do carry because I want to be able to defend myself if trouble comes looking. I actually pack the gun unloaded in my bags while traveling because I stay alert and only stop at places where I am ok with the people hanging around. But I have it very handy at my camp spot at night, a tent wall just isn't much deterrent for someone looking for a easy victim, which I plan not to be!
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Created By: heckman w  On 5/25/2010 7:13:04 PM
   The carrying of a weapon is a personal choice. Being a former Police officer I can give a different perspective. Having a weapon while riding can give the rider a sense of personal freedom. It is a physiological release from the worry of the real world. Whether you agree or not, the realities are that the world can and often is a dangerous place. When normal honest citizens carry firearms the statistics say that there is less crime. I have a gun, I know how to use it and I know when. No one should feel uncomfortable with me having my gun unless they mean harm to my love ones and friends. It is better to have it and never need it then to need it and wish you had it. Bottom line is your not always given a choice when its time to protect your self or someone else.
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Created By: Dow B  On 5/25/2010 8:47:33 PM
   I carry a Gerber Hinderer Rescue knife in my side bags. It could certainly be used as a weapon, but a twist of the throttle might serve me better!!
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Created By: Brandon J  On 5/25/2010 9:16:15 PM
   I am reminded of the comment cattleman John Chisholm (of the Chisholm Trail) made when asked why, unlike most of his cowboys, he didn’t carry a gun: “You can shoot your way into more trouble than you could ever shoot your way out of.” However, being a white haired, 5’ 3” female, who frequently travels alone, the realities of my life, are obviously different from a 6’ 4” male. For me choosing to be armed springs from a simple and recognizable fact - unarmed means being dependent upon others for my safety. Police do not protect you from crime, they can’t be everywhere, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess. I prefer to be in a position to defend myself, I’m not looking for trouble, I carry not because I think whatever I'm doing is particularly dangerous. If I think something is dangerous, I either don't do it at all, or I find a way to do it more safely -- such as going wherever it is during the day instead of at night, or traveling with a friend instead of alone. In any situation where I believe my safety or that of those I care about is threatened I will not hesitate to employ whatever means are at my disposal to defend myself, including if necessary deadly force. I don’t carry a gun because I want to kill anyone - I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life (however short that might be) hating myself for failing to be prepared. Retired US Army, Military Police
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Created By: Ortiz S  On 5/25/2010 10:52:20 PM
   I firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment as it was written! Our Forefathers realized when they wrote the Constitution that there are two interactions in life between people 1.) Persuasive, 2.) Forceful. With the persuasive interaction, if I want you to do something or give me something, I need to persuade you either by monetary compensation or by convincing you that you should do what I ask. Within the forceful realm, if I want something you have I need to take it by force, being that of fists, knives, or guns. By carrying a firearm I've potentially eliminated the forceful interaction, now we are only dealing with persuasion, and we are both on equal footing. I carry a firearm everywhere that is legal to carry with my CCW, it is not because I fear for my life, or venture into areas that are unsafe, I carry because the Police are just minutes away when seconds may be all I have.
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Created By: DiFava L  On 5/26/2010 9:47:30 AM
   While I have a permit to carry my “38”, I find that at most places I ride to, the people are easily offended should they know I have it on my person, Due to this particular issue, I find it just as satisfying to carry 50,000 volts instead. People don’t seem to mind if your packing a teaser, and you really don’t need a permit to carry it. I find it a great personal protection device for my normal everyday cycle riding. I’ll pack the “38” only for a few choice locations and that is more for protection from animals rather the people. I have always been a bit uneasy about carrying a pistol while riding as my luck would have it that for some reason I go down and grind it on the pavement, and have it discharge accidentally while still holstered. I realize it is very unlikely, and I never have a round chambered, but with my luck, it is a concern I have.
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Created By: Pickford D  On 5/26/2010 11:46:16 AM
   This is one of the most polarizing topics I come across. Sadly I believe that to be so because most people still listen to the mindless press about how dangerous guns are, when in reality the only thing a gun in the hands of a law abiding person is, is a tool to help equalize a potentially one-sided situation, so yes I have Concealed Weapon License. Now do I carry while riding? Yes but you will never know until the times comes for it to be used. Why? While most of the time where I ride should be completely safe (except the animals and idiots in cages), unfortunately most of the scum who make it potentially unsafe are scavengers praying on those they consider to be weaker than themselves. Now we all know they travel between their ghettos and this is where the concern arises. The simple situation, you (either alone or just a couple of you) are stopped at the side of a road with a problem, your about 10 miles from town on a nice quiet road, a car pulls up, is it friend or foe? At this point I want to know I have something to help equalize the situation a little. A BIG tip here – if a car you don’t know pulls up behind you “answer” your cell phone if they are not a friend and they hear you describing them and the car they may just leave. And for the record you should already have called someone with where you are and your situation, and when you will call back, that way they at least know where to start looking if you don’t call back. Now for the very same reason above and the fact that I do not always get to pick where I work I also carry while working, but again you will never know until it comes time to use it. A little tip for those that do carry while riding or driving, when you get stopped by the Police, do yourself a favor and help make a cops life a little less stressful. When he asked for your license give him you Concealed Weapon License at the same time you give him you drivers license and when he asks tell him where the gun is if you have it or that you don’t if it’s not with you. Because as soon as he runs your license it’s going to tell him you have a Concealed Weapon License but he no longer has to worry about it. Most will say thank you and hand you back the Concealed and in many cases after a brief chat your driver’s license too knowing you are not the hooligan they need to be concerned with.
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Created By: Montiell L  On 5/26/2010 4:29:24 PM
   I believe in the right to keep and posses a firearm.. This is coming from a retired police officer out of NYC.. but..most importantly..I believe in our constitution..we as americans cant allow this government to take away our rights...even if you are against guns...if we allow this government to take away one of our rights(like guns for an example)..then they WILL take everything from us..and we cant allow this
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Created By: Montiell L  On 5/26/2010 4:31:53 PM
   I believe in our constitutional right to carry a firearm... I carry a firearm...thats also due to the fact that I am a retired police officer..but..with that aside.. I still believe in the right to own and posses a firearm.....even if i did'nt... I believe the Constitution of the United States of America.. We..as Americans can allow this government to takeANY of our rights away..if we allow them to take one(like the right to keep and bear arms)they will take them all..thats the real issue here..
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Created By: Admin S  On 5/26/2010 4:47:50 PM
   Wow - great answers!!! So let me follow up with another relevant question: If you do carry, how often do you practice getting the weapon out of where it's being stored, readying it for action, and then of course holding up your bike while trying to aim at a (I'm guessing) moving target? Do you practice that as much as you practice emergency braking? I can see some bad things happening to the ones that don't practice...for example, your bike starts to lean, you are holding your gun, and then you need to squeeze the handlebars tightly to try and right the bike...and bam, you've just fired a shot....or the person intending you harm grabs your gun right out of your hand because you're holding it with a finger, etc. I have no issues with the right to bear arms, but I wonder how much safer you are? You may FEEL safer, but like everything else, if you don't practice, you're not going to be any good at it. Anyway...let the discussion continue! :)
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Created By: Pickford D  On 5/26/2010 5:45:03 PM
   Mark, Your follow up questions raise some interesting points and possibly a couple of misconceptions. 1st, the easy one how often do you practice getting the weapon out of where it is stored and readying it for action - a few times every time I put where its stored before leaving. 2nd, Holding up a bike while trying to aim - if you are on the bike and having to hold it up its running and you best option is to leave and avoid the encounter. 3rd, you are on the bike and its not running let it go and worry about picking it up when its safe to do so. 4th, you are off the bike, focus on the threat. 5th, practice to use you weapon of choice at least monthly. As for anyone to consider firing while riding, without very specialized training you are fooling yourself, don't try it and instead focus on using the best weapon you have, its already in your left hand!!!!. Number one rule of survival skills training - when you have an option, do everything you can to remove yourself from a situation where you will not need any other survival skills you may learn.
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Created By: V W  On 5/26/2010 6:26:43 PM
   I don't carry a gun. It would just be one more thing to worry about when I'm trying to relax . . . and I fear an accidental shooting more than an attack.
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Created By: Britt E  On 5/26/2010 10:46:12 PM
   I am a retired LEO, after 24 plus years as a cop, in a city that had a very long history of violent crime, I practice with my weapon of choice and am very famaliar with it, I would not be caught out with out a weapon. I have a CCF license and carry a 9mm auto pistol with me at all times, It makes no difference that you may not be looking for trouble, if it finds you then you need to be able to do whatever it takes to go home unscathed or to make sure that some other innocent person gets a chance to go home to their family. If the brown stinky stuff hits the ocillating wind machine,,, Then I want to know that if the worst should happen I can and will react and protect myself, my loved ones and those innocent unknowns. After all 99% of criminals are armed and don't think twice about using the weapon to avoid capture or to assist in the commission of their crime. I have ridden a Suzuki 1600 Marauder for many years and now ride a Harley Heritage Softail Classic
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Created By: Landers K  On 5/27/2010 2:41:20 PM
   My husband and I go into Atlanta and the surrounding areas in our ministry. We minister to the homeless. This is our main reason for carrying a weapon. We both carry handguns and have permits to do so. Minstry? Yes, we gather food, clothing and other items of need for the homeless that reside under bridges, in abandoned cars, in over growth on vacant lots and other places. We are out during the morning and the night. We go into extremely dangerous areas. The danger isn't from the homeless. We've actually had a homeless man protect us! The danger is from those that would prey on the homeless and take what little they may have. Gang activity is heavy in the areas that we go. In most cases we are contacted by the leaders of the gangs within minutes of arrival at our destination. Does the fact that my husband is a Minister and we are "working" our ministry conflict with the fact that we carry? No it doesn't. God gave us the natural instinct to protect ourselves. We are blessed that we've never once had to pull our weapons during our work. This isn't to say that it will never happen, but we are prepared should the need arise. We both practice often and work at wearing our handguns in such as manner as to have it accessible but out of sight. We don't get to ride our bikes on mission often and enjoy it when we can do so but we've found that the homeless are intimidated by the "leather and chains". But they do love that Ultra Classic and Sportster Harley sound when we ride!
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Created By: Hill C  On 6/4/2010 11:23:22 AM
   I am a woman. I say. "No I am not Paranoid, why would I be? I am Armed." Prepared. We ladies carry tampons in our purse at all times, but we do not need them every day.. Sure I hope I never need my gun. I am a hunter, and I really think the thing that would make me hesitate to pull the trigger is the possibility that I could end up in jail, even if I do it all right. Not the fear of killing someone. If he intends to kill me then it is survival of the fittest. I hunt and I know how to pull the trigger on a living target, and the deer do not shoot back. That said, Get you wife a light gun, Some guys make their wives take the CCW classes and then buy them a 5 lb S&W .40 Revolver. Then they get mad cause she is not lugging that thing around in her tiny purse or trying to conceal it in her summer clothes. The Ruger LCP .380 is perfect for us. Light & small, with some punch. She might even like it and want to carry it. A good note is if you have it in your purse, then the bad guy snatches your purse and you have just ARMED him. Carry it at your waist. The LCP hides well, even with tight summer attire. Another thing to note is that people who carry legally are going to be the best behaved most legal people out there, they are going to avoid traffic tickets too. They are careful cause they know that anything can cause them to loose their right to carry. Once you start to carry and get comfortable with your gun, you become attached to it, and you want to do nothing that might cause you to loose your right to carry. Why do I carry? Well When I was a kid I knew I grew up in the wrong time. I wanted a gun like the Lone Ranger. (ya aging my self, but it was afternoon re-runs) I have always wanted to carry, but until recently I lived in the wrong state. IL. I considered trying to get into law enforcement, and looked into a PI license. Just because I wanted to carry a gun. Why. I do not know how to explain it. No it is not a macho thing, it is just me. I hope I never need it, but it is there if I do. There are lots of reasons not to carry, but there is only one real reason to carry.. If you are setting in a restaurant with your kids or any loved one and someone comes in and shoots a couple people to make a point and then says everyone take out your money and put it on the table.. Do you want to be setting there scared to death that they might choose one of your loved ones as the next target. OR are you the one waiting until their attention is turned and then takes them out. Protecting your family and everyone else in the place. it is a big responsibility, but is it not better then cowering under the table praying..
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Created By: Hill C  On 6/4/2010 11:49:54 AM
   OH I forgot. I do have a CCW, permit so I am legal and I Ride a 1999 Harley Road King Classic, customized. (More legally concealed guns = less violent crime..)
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Created By: Simpson K  On 6/11/2010 3:47:58 PM
   Yes, I carry.. Rugger 380 I now live in NC moved up heer from GA to get away from the physco ex hubby.. after 3 attempts on my life only got a conviction on the last attempt .. Wouldn't You? I travel down to SC and GA atleast twice a month to see my family and friends. Im alone most of the time so yes.. have permit to carry. The Ex is not the only physco in the world.. nothing on bike to keep the crazy's away except lead if need be. Yamaha V-Star
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Created By: Hornback M  On 6/11/2010 10:17:52 PM
   While 24/7 news coverage makes us think crime is rising, according to the FBI crime report the opposite is true. The news is a business that has a product to sell and they do that with coverage of big stories. I do not ride with a gun. I work with juvenile delinquents and have often misunderstood something they did because I do not trust easy. Which is smart. I could never live with the fact that I shot someone because of my own fear or because I misunderstood someone's actions. I would also be afraid that carrying a gun would give me a false sense of security. As a woman who often rides alone, I avoid riding at night and those places where I may be attacked. I travel with others when the risk increases. I considered a gun at one time, but I asked myself, "If I pull a gun, will the other person do the same? Will they be a little quicker than me?" Probably. End of decision. I ride a 2006 VTX 1300 R. Melinda
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Created By: James D  On 6/17/2010 11:13:09 AM
   In Jeffersonville,IN a woman shoots an unarmed biker. The woman had been tailgating the biker for some distance. He gets off of his bike and goes back to ask her what the problem was. She said "Today is your lucky to die." Then she whips out her semiautomatic pistol and shoots him in the chest. She had a concealed carry permit. Her history indicated that she should not have been allowed to carry any kind of weapon. While the biker was laying on the ground the woman son got out of the vehicle and kicks the downed biker several times. I saw her in traffic about 3 days after the incident in traffic and she says to me me "You're next!" I don't know this woman and had never seen her or talked to her before. I helped investigators build their case by informing them of the threat she made against me. This caused further investigation into her character. I also informed the NRA and the American Motorcycle Association about the situation and as a result the NRA left the case alone and the AMA pressured the Prosecutors to do the right thing. She had also threatened a postal carrier and some of her neighbors with deadly force. The out come of a Ford Explorer vs. Bike collision would be very bad for the biker. I have had many, many tailgaters and would never go back and confront them. I would rather just roll on the gas an get away from them.
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Created By: Olsen L  On 6/21/2010 2:21:15 PM
   Im a female and stopping at a light or stop sign, I am good pickens' for someone to want to steal me or my bike or car. I do carry a weapon and have a permit. I think just showing those punks you are armed may deterr them from any and all idea's of this lady-rider to steal or harm her. Yea, may sound stupid to some, but better than standing there with a weapon of some kind, to show you are not "alone". My husband and friends and family all agree with me. I'm sure there are some of you who don't, but these days and NO matter what area of town you are in, there is always a person that will think, hey! look at the lady all by herself, will sorry, I WILL NOT be by myself. I can put my arms around me like I am scared and my hands fit perfectly in my jacket and all I have to do is shoot through it, if need be. I hope I just have to show it and not shoot it, but I;m not going down without a fight, or be taken to another place, where we all know what that means. For women, there are purses especially made with hidden compartment to have a gun in their purse to slide your hand through,looking like you are just holding your purse next to you, to shoot through it, as well if need be. I got all this info from my Conceal Handgun Instructor. My husband and I both took the 2 day class, my husband hunts every year, I havent shot a gun in 5 years, and I beat him in the shooting test minus 1 from a perfect score and missed 1 less in the written. He got a 99, I got a 98. So take the classes, then decide what you should do: carry or not carry. I chose to carry, as stated: I won't be alone anywhere I go and No ONE knows I carry.(except hubby) Not even friends and family. This is not a thing to do to act like a BADASS, it's for your own protection said by the best Instructor, that is a retired Police Officer of 35 years,.
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Created By: black w  On 8/14/2010 10:00:10 AM
   I value my skin, so I wear protective gear like you even in the Georgia heat. I value my life even more than my skin, so I always ride with a handgun on my body. Simple, now please send me my prize. Thanks for a great site. I enjoy it. Wes
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Created By: browning g  On 6/15/2011 2:24:53 AM
   57 yr old bikie on a Yahama VS1300. Florida Concealed Weapons permit. Thank me for your safety. The violent crime rate has spiraled downward every year since the "must issue" laws took effect in Florida. The bad guys no longer know who's armed or who's not. The license plates in FL were changed several years ago because the bad guys figured out that rental cars had sno-birds in them and usually no weapons. Now all the license plates are the same and the crime against tourists has fallen off. We were given a sacred trust when God gave us this rich and unblemished land. We have the right to dwell here - but we also have the responsibility to protect one another so that our freedoms will not erode away in the name of safety. If I can help you protect your family it would be a crime for me to let you suffer harm. Remember the minute men, volunteer fire men, auxilary police, national guard - all stepping up to help to defend the freedoms of their neighbors - asking no reward save the right to live free. If you don't help to defend freedom from attack from without (foreign country/invader) you'd be labeled a coward and unAmerican. Why is it different if you fail to defend freedom from attack from within (crime/terrorism)? If harm comes to me and my family because you shirked you duty to help me defend myself - a pox on you.
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