reply to post by IkNOwSTuff
Thanks for the reply, I thought youd forgot/ignored me
You are very welcome. I honestly don't forget, or ignore very much. Unfortunately much of what I do concern myself with should be ignored.
I currently have very poor vision, and it takes me awhile to compile my longer responses.
I agree but I imagine criminals by the time you are aware they are criminals would have you in a position where to pull out a gun would
endanger your life.
In reality, threats are, more often than not, detected long before they become imminent. When one's life is already in danger, the risk of pulling a
handgun actually becomes irrelevent.
I was once accosted by three thugs in Chicago, where firearms were actually banned at the time. One had a hunting knife, another had a bayonet, and
the third claimed he had a handgun in his jacket pocket, and that it was pointed at me. I felt my life was in danger and, instead of my wallet, I
pulled a locked and loaded Smith and Wesson Model 39 (9mm) from my rear pocket. As they took off running, the bayonet was dropped, and one of them had
the audacity to shout "Man, that's illegal". That was approximately 30 years ago. I still have the 18" Italian issue bayonet as a trophy. That one
decision likely saved my life, and it did, indeed, deter at least 1 crime.
In that instance, do you really feel that I would have been better off without a firearm?
I have spent the last 2 hours trying to fight my way through all of your speculation, assumptions, and doubts. Besides being a futile effort, you are
putting the burden of this argument on me, without doing any research of your own. That just ain't fair... LOL
If you are really sincere about firearm possesion and it's affects on violent crime in the United States, you will read the following document. It is
actually a neutral research paper regarding myths on both sides of the gun control argument in the United States.
Would Banning Firearms Reduce Murder and Suicide?
I learned quite a bit from it, and I feel you will as well.
In the meantime, I will be looking forward to your comments on it.
I almost forgot about your question:
Can I ask why you dont have or want a gun?
Well, you certainly can.
When I lived North of Chicago, in a town named Zion (also with conceal and carry bans), I very rarely carried a firearm because it was illegal. I was
assaulted by two individuals while walking home from a friends house one night. I was struck on the upper portion of my leg with an approximately 1"
dia. solid metal rod. That blow broke my femur (thigh bone) and I immediately went down and couldn't get back up. They then proceeded to kick me in
the head and face with their boots. That rendered me unconscious, broke my nose, and when I finally came to, I spit most of my forward teeth out.
Being recently divorced, I was living by myself in an apartment that was part of a duplex, with the other half being unoccupied. The next morning,
after the surgery to repair my fractured leg, I was visited by 2 detectives sent to investigate my assault. At that time they also informed me that my
apartment had also been burglarized and ransacked.
In addition to my firearms, that were well hidden, and few knew about, all of my guitars, amps, stereo equipment, basically everything but furniture
and clothes were stolen. The detectives figured they made several trips, so whoever did it likely knew I wasn't coming home that night. In all
probability, the one's that assaulted me got my address from my stolen wallet, then burglarized my home, after they saw my broken body carried off by
When I was finally able to travel, I packed up what few possessions I had left, got in the car and traveled about 700 miles to where I am now. I have
lived on the very Eastern end of Tennessee for over 25 yrs. Many people in this area own and carry firearms, I have never had even a threat here.
Because of that, I still don't feel a need to carry a weapon of my own. Furthermore, I still feel very, very bad about the two rifles, one shotgun,
and I handgun that I did own ending up in the hands of criminals. If I had disobeyed the gun control laws that one night, and carried that 9mm with
me, that whole ordeal WOULD HAVE BEEN AVERTED, and I can promise that I wouldn't have even needed to fire it. Most criminals are cowards, and will
run when they don't have an advantage.
When I first started this post, I had no idea that I was going to tell you that much about my experiences with handguns and crime. Those experiences
are not at all typical in most parts of the United States. As far as high crime areas like the Chicago area, the only thing not typical about my
incidents is the fact that I survived the second one.