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Thread: Open Carry Stories: Reactions from random people in public

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    Standing in line at the bank, eating at a restaurant, or just walking through a strip mall. On many occasions I've had people come up to me and provide both positive and negative feedback with regards to me OCing.

    I have several stories I could tell, but this happened to me yesterday and I have to share. I wouldlove to hear other stories.

    Yesterday, I was standing in line at my bank with about 20 other people waiting to reach a teller. All of sudden I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to thelady who joined line behind me. She said, "Thank you for carrying a firearm. I feel so much more comfortable." I explained to her that it was my pleasure and anecessity for my own safety. She then proceeded to tell me the following story.

    2 years ago her sister broke up with her boyfriend and needless to say he didn't take it very well. He started threatening her andstalking her on a regular basis. So shegot a restraining order and bought a firearm. She took a few training classes and learned how to shoot. A few months passed with no real problems and the sister thought that the ex-boyfriend had finally gotten over the break up. Her roommate convinced her that she didn't need the firearm anymore, so she sold it to a friend. One week later the ex-boyfriend broke into the house in the middle of the night and stabbed her sister 120+ times. Her sister never had a chance.

    As she was telling me the story I could see her tears welling-up and I felt my own start to come. She thanked me again for OCing and then I heard the "BING" from the teller, that was ready to help me.

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    Unfortunate that incident (her sister) had to happen. Sounds like you had a really positive encounter, hopefully some people inline overheard you two and thought about responsible firearms ownership.


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    Keepandbear wrote:
    As she was telling me the story I could see her tears welling-up and I felt my own start to come. She thanked me again for OCing...
    Every woman who has to get a restraining order for this kind of situation should consider getting armed and capable of defending themselves against a murderous attack. The cops will almost never protect the woman. They'll just come to take the report....

    Good encounter. Thanks for sharing it, Keepandbear.

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    Had some freshman college students take photos of me with their digital camera. I thought it was hilarious, they tried to be sneaky about it. I regret not telling them that I will pose with them if they want.

    Would have been a great conversation starter but I was not interested in the two of them.

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    Poor family, I hope justice is served on that criminal.

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    Well, one of my friends, an ex-gf, is turning 21 in a couple of months and wants a gun. :what:

    Thankfully, we're on good terms.

    She did ask me to take her gun shopping, though.
    Why open carry? Because 1911 > 911.

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