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I have a concealed handgun permit for both WA and OR, and I openly carried a large caliber handgun for over 10 years when I lived in Alaska, mostly for bear protection. It was so common that it rarely evoked any comments, other than from tourists.
Many years ago I was unexpectedly threatened at knife-point by a complete stranger who happened to be a very large and threatening person. He was obviously high on drugs. It was the middle of the afternoon, in a public place. No one came to my assistance, and for a moment, it was just him and me. He could have easily stabbed me and caused great bodily harm or even killed me. Luckily a companion of his happened by and ushered him away before anything happened.
The message to me was clear: in a sudden crisis of a life or death nature, don't count on any help from others.
Most people will never have this kind of experience, but if it does happen, possession of a concealed handgun may just save your life. I see no problem with someone who is just wearing a gun in public. Of more concern to me are the guns that you can't see which are carried by criminals and malcontents.
posted 3 years, 1 month ago
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