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    Things family members/friends say about you OCing

    I'm sure you guys have heard some good ones. It's been less than a week of OC for me and already I've heard a few.

    A friend told me that by OC I am making myself a target. Someone, either police or a random thug, is going to see my gun and just start shooting at me.

    My wife and sister are worried that if I'm in a situation where someone is going to rob the store I'm in, they are going to shoot me first. My thoughts are that if someone is going to rob a store, they are probably going to assume that the clerk is armed as well and decide to not rob the store.

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    Welcome to OCDO.

    Yes, you will hear all the cliches about your decision to defend yourself. After a while it will fade. Your friends and family will eventually accept it as a part of you and go on with real life.

    When confronted with a "boilerplate term" (you will get shot first), get inquisitive and ask for some evidence that it would occur. It gets better in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trakanon View Post
    I'm sure you guys have heard some good ones. It's been less than a week of OC for me and already I've heard a few.

    A friend told me that by OC I am making myself a target. Someone, either police or a random thug, is going to see my gun and just start shooting at me.

    My wife and sister are worried that if I'm in a situation where someone is going to rob the store I'm in, they are going to shoot me first. My thoughts are that if someone is going to rob a store, they are probably going to assume that the clerk is armed as well and decide to not rob the store.
    For years we have made a challange to show us one (1) such incident. Many have tried, all have failed.

    Show me one instance in modern times in the USA, where a legal OCer has been preemptively shot/taken out - cite required. Military and law enforcement are excluded. Might it happen one day - of course - but when it does the ratio/odds will resemble .00001% Those are the odds I accept 365 da/yr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    For years we have made a challange to show us one (1) such incident. Many have tried, all have failed.

    Show me one instance in modern times in the USA, where a legal OCer has been preemptively shot/taken out - cite required. Military and law enforcement are excluded. Might it happen one day - of course - but when it does the ratio/odds will resemble .00001% Those are the odds I accept 365 da/yr.
    Isn't there some (un)official lump sum of money sitting around here for the (not gonna happen) winner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_dazzle23 View Post
    Isn't there some (un)official lump sum of money sitting around here for the (not gonna happen) winner?
    Yes. A three-figure sum (with Washington's portrait on the front).

    Way back when it mattered to me I'd take out a $5 or $10 bill, put it on the table, and ask "How long do we have to wait for that not to happen before I can take your money?"

    Then it was "Yes, dear." (You know - with that tone of voice.)

    Nowadays if someone is really pushing the issue I may tell them I've been OCing for X years and it's not happened yet. Most of the time I just do the thing and talk about anything else.

    stay safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Yes. A three-figure sum (with Washington's portrait on the front).

    Way back when it mattered to me I'd take out a $5 or $10 bill, put it on the table, and ask "How long do we have to wait for that not to happen before I can take your money?"

    Then it was "Yes, dear." (You know - with that tone of voice.)

    Nowadays if someone is really pushing the issue I may tell them I've been OCing for X years and it's not happened yet. Most of the time I just do the thing and talk about anything else.

    stay safe.
    Hahahaha. Awesome.

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    I forgot to add:

    Most often you are getting those comments because the person saying them is concerned about and/or cares for you. Be nice to those folks.

    stay safe.
    "He'll regret it to his dying day....if ever he lives that long."----The Quiet Man

    Because stupidity isn't a race, and everybody can win.

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