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    My wife and I had 48hrs away from Grand Rapids. Went to the Tigers game thurs afternoon and then spent the night in Lansing because we didn't feel like driving all the way home. I OC'd around the capitol city, in front of the LasingPD,and took some pictures on the steps of the Capitol Building with my 1911 flying my flag proudly. It was good times. Made me feel very patriotic. Walking around in a city I'm not familiar with I sure felt better armed. My wife felt the same way. She was glad it made the trip with us and made us a little more comfortable driving through Highland Park, staying in hotels and generally being in areas we aren't familiar with.

    It also lead to an interesting discussion between the wife and I. We were sitting at a pizza parlor in Lansing at around 11pm. As always I was surveying the location and noticed no fewer than three security cameras pointed at the front counter. I somewhat chuckled and the wife asks me what I'm laughing at. I tell her, "Well, my guess is this place has been robbed, and probably more than once (pointing to the security cameras)."

    She asked, "What would you do if it was robbed while we were in here?"

    "Nothing, I've already thought it through just like everywhere we go, there's no way I'm risking both of our lives for the $150 in his till. Sure, if he directs the threat at us, different story. We're 15yards away from the counter, the guy at the counter is going to be directly behind the robber from where we are, all in all it's not a good way to go."

    She almost sounded disapointed, "Really?".

    "Of course, I don't carry a gun to be a hero, it's to protect the two of us, not his business. If we're standing in line and the odds are a little different we'd see. Chances are pretty good he'd come in here, take the money, and you and I would try to be the best witnesses we can be and tell the police where he went."

    "You really analyze this sort of thing everywhere we go?"

    "Yeah, it's part of my paranoid self I guess."

    "Thanks. I like that."

    This was a big step.I'vefinally got her to the point that she's debating throwing a revolver in her purse. Shejust isn't the type to take it serious enough and would probably carry places and times she shouldn't. She's very naive (probably why she married me).




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    What pizza place did you oc at ? Lansing is pretty cool about open carrying except for a very few places .

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    sevenplusone wrote:
    "Yeah, it's part of my paranoid self I guess."
    I applaud you for trying to be in a state of preparedness and awareness at all times. I don't think it should be characterized as paranoia. The state of preparedness and awareness is quite adifferent state than paranoia. It's not just semantics, it's a real difference thatleads to quite different perceptions, and anti-gunnersoften try to mischaracterizethose who are prepared for self-defense as "paranoid", for whatever they can gain out of it in the general public's eyes. Let's not give fuel to the mischaracterization.
    "The principle of self-defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi . . ."--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

    “He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honor by non-violently facing death, may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden.”--M. K. Gandhi

    "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." --M. K. Gandhi

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    What you described is situational awareness!! A very important part of carrying a gun for self defense!
    Anything I post may be my opinion and not the law... you are responsible to do your own verification.

    Blackstone (1753-1765) maintains that "the law holds that it is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer."

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    dukenukum wrote:
    What pizza place did you oc at ? Lansing is pretty cool about open carrying except for a very few places .
    Just at the Cottage Inn. I don't think the guy at the counter ever even saw the sidearm.

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