People should have the right to choose whether to carry or not.I know there are some that would deny me the right to carry,through their vote, if they could,however,I do not want to deny them the right to choose not to carry.
I know some people are not capable of defending themselves,they will go fetal when they need to go feral,they will be unarmed even when they are armed.
It is not about the odds,it is about the stakes...a safe place is safe,until someone dangerous arrives.
Jeff Cooper said,
"Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician."
"Remember the first rule of gunfighting ... have a gun."
I suspect we let our past experiences come into play in our decision making.
For me, an experience in my early 20's firmed up some of my beliefs.
I was dating a girl that did not want me to take a gun on our drive to a fairly remote part of the county,I made the choice of her over the gun.
We were sitting next to a small seasonal water hole when three guys showed up, they surrounded us,the vibe was hostile.
To this day, I believe to only thing that stopped an attack was ,partly, my intensity.I displayed the intensity I had learned in the martial arts,and working in a maximum security criminal warehouse.
After a tense couple of moments,one guy backed off and said let's go,the two other guy heisted for a few moments more,the apparent leader said let's go and they left.
We immediately started back to my truck,I asked her what do you think almost happened? She replied, I thought they were going to rape me,I replied,that is why I take a gun.
Sometime later is was dating another girl,we had just loaded up my shell for a camping trip and I started to put my revolver in the truck.She said what's that,I said a gun.She said if it goes I don't go.I explained the prior situation and she replied in an indignant manner,you would have shot them? She gave me the if it goes I don't go again,she ended up leaving in a huff...
I suspect this couple that they were in a safe place,it had been safe before,it was safe until these people showed up.I also suspect the reason the camper was burned was to cover up some elements of the crime.What was done to the couple was so bad the criminals wanted to cover it up.
Arizona fugitives charged with murder of Oklahoma couple
-- Two Arizona prison escapees and their alleged accomplice were charged Monday with murder in the deaths of an Oklahoma couple, authorities said. Federal prosecutors issued warrants for Arizona fugitives John Charles McCluskey, 45, and Tracy Allen Province, 42, and their suspected accomplice, Casslyn Mae Welch, 44.
All three are currently in custody in Arizona. McCluskey and Province broke out of prison there on July 30, allegedly with Welch's help,
The three are accused of killing Gary and Linda Haas, after carjacking the couple traveling in New Mexico on August 2. The complaint says McCluskey shot and killed the Haases in their travel trailer, after which he, Province and Welsh drove the couple's truck and trailer to a remote area in Guadalupe, New Mexico.
The three then unhitched the camper and burned it with the Hasses' remains still inside, said prosecutors. New Mexico police found the burned trailer on August 4.
If convicted, McCluskey, Province and Welch could receive life sentences or the death penalty, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales, who spoke at a news conference announcing the charges.
Welch, who was on the visitation list for one of the inmates, threw cutting tools over a prison fence to help the men escape, corrections officials have said.
Province was arrested in Wyoming in early August. McCluskey and Welch were arrested in Arizona last week, after a nationwide, multiple-agency manhunt. The search for McCluskey and Welch ranged from the Southwest to western Montana, and along the U.S. border with Canada.
McCluskey also faces charges of carjacking, kidnapping, escape in the second degree, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misconduct involving weapons. Welch faces similar, but fewer charges.
According to Gonzales, the Haases, both 61, had recently retired.
They were traveling from their home in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, to Pagosa Springs, Colorado, where they had vacationed with family and friends for the past 11 summers, when they were killed, he said.