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[sassi214]
This image just popped up in my reader.

Apparently I need to start carrying a weapon of some sorts. Seems like lots of people are.
I'm anti-gun. So perhaps a nice knife at the very least?

I am female, 39, married, mama of two.

Is it a good idea to have a weapon on your person?
Or would I be inviting accidents?

My children do not ever go into my purse. (They are 5 and 8yo)

Do you carry a weapon?
A knife?

What kind of knife should I be carrying?
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[User Picture]From: nynaeve_sedai
2013-02-06 02:21 am (UTC)

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I carry this. It's tough enough to do some damage, small enough to fit in my hand, but not bad enough to hurt my kids unless they go running with it (which, why are they running with my keys?!)

EDIT: Apparently you can get it in pink, if that's your style... LOL

Edited at 2013-02-06 02:22 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: fancy_sheets
2013-02-06 02:47 am (UTC)

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They should make a Batman one.
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2013-02-06 02:28 am (UTC)

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I carry pepper spray sometimes. When I go on long walks (which is pretty frequently) I always have it with me.

I don't know about a knife.. I would never stab somebody unless they actually STARTED TO attack me, and at that point they'd most likely take my knife from me and use it against me. I might actually be more comfortable with a gun, even though I hate them.
[User Picture]From: sassi214
2013-02-06 02:36 am (UTC)

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Do you have pepper spray on your keyring?
Can I just order that from Amazon?

[User Picture]From: tralfamadore
2013-02-06 02:28 am (UTC)

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If you don't feel comfortable carrying a weapon, do not carry a weapon. If you want to start carrying one, learn how to use it and make sure you're absolutely comfortable handling it both naturally and in quick/potentially stressful situations before you do so. You may just as easily be able to use everyday items as weapons if the need arises, or carry something that has very little potential of being lethal but could help protect you.

If you want to carry a weapon and do so responsibly, more power to you. I'm considering getting my conceal and carry, but haven't found the time yet and really am not sure how much I want to bother with it now. I've got no actual desire to conceal and carry right now anyway.
[User Picture]From: sassi214
2013-02-06 02:33 am (UTC)

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How/where can I get knife training?

I kind of look at a knife as a weapon but also a tool. Never a bad idea to have a useful tool on hand if reasonable.


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[User Picture]From: sassi214
2013-02-06 02:35 am (UTC)

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I live in an urban area and get skittish around here often.
There are attacks on people during daylight hours and in highly visible areas. It would be nice to feel a smidge less vulnerable.

[User Picture]From: druiaen
2013-02-06 02:31 am (UTC)

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I have some pepper spray but I rarely actually carry it. I used to carry a small Leatherman which I guess could be used as a weapon but once I started going places with metal detectors I ended up leaving it at home too. I've read that if you're untrained in regards to whatever it is you're carrying there's a better chance of it being used against you than of you using it to protect yourself. So if you get something just make sure you know how and are well prepared to use it in an emergency or I will be worried about you!
[User Picture]From: erroroperator
2013-02-06 02:40 am (UTC)

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I've never felt compelled to carry any sort of weapon.
[User Picture]From: x3_molly
2013-02-06 03:38 am (UTC)

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Me neither. I can't imagine a situation where I would feel compelled to do so.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2013-02-06 02:41 am (UTC)

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I do not carry a weapon, nor do I have any interest in doing so. I don't spend a lot of time outside of my house alone, and I don't trust myself to be able to use a weapon properly instead of allowing it to be used against me, so I think I'm better off without one.
[User Picture]From: kinkakinka
2013-02-06 02:43 am (UTC)

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People get shot and stabbed in my area seemingly all the time, but they're almost always drug related and since I'm not involved in drugs I don't really feel like I'm much of a target.
[User Picture]From: sblmnldrknss
2013-02-06 02:46 am (UTC)

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I have mace, the kind with dye in it so the person you spray is dyed for 24 hours, which is awesome.

I only have it because my husband insisted.

Also, I really don't think most people have weapons.
[User Picture]From: fancy_sheets
2013-02-06 02:48 am (UTC)

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I wouldn't mind having a knife.
[User Picture]From: r4wrdinosaur
2013-02-06 02:48 am (UTC)

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I mean... I'm anti-gun and I could never be violent towards someone, even if they were going to kill me. So I would never carry a knife, just like I'd never carry a gun. I could never see myself attacking back at someone like that.

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[User Picture]From: feral
2013-02-06 03:01 am (UTC)

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I have a concealed carry permit, my firearm is the only weapon I need and it's on me every time I leave the house

Personally, I would look into buying a taser instead of a knife (assuming they are legal where you are.) They're a decent alternative to guns if you want to immobilize (not kill) an attacker from a safe distance
[User Picture]From: putonthemask006
2013-02-06 03:02 am (UTC)

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Where I live the idea of common people carrying weapons seems kind of weird, so I may be biased, but I'd never carry a weapon. Maybe pepper spray if I felt it was necessary.

Truth is, most people don't know how to *use* a weapon, and there is a chance that it would end up being used against you... so an already bad situation escalates even more and it's worse.

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[User Picture]From: box_of_rocks
2013-02-06 03:03 am (UTC)

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I do not carry a weapon. My purse is so full of junk and disorganized that if I *did* have a weapon, I'd never be able to pull it out in time.
[User Picture]From: cowfish
2013-02-06 06:42 am (UTC)

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I've never wanted to keep a firearm in my purse just because you could be separated from it.
[User Picture]From: geiselle
2013-02-06 03:18 am (UTC)

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I carried a taser and/or pepper spray when I hitchhiked, but nothing since then. I would like to get some more pepper spray with a snug wrist strap, though, mostly for hiking, kayaking, driving in isolated areas and walking at night on my own. Knowing how I react to threats -- freezing up or dissociating and just getting it over with -- I wouldn't want to carry anything that would allow me to be disarmed too easily, like a knife or gun, anything that required that I get too close to the person should I have to use it, like a knife or taser, or anything that would require the use of more physical force than that required to push a button.
[User Picture]From: idemandjustice
2013-02-06 03:28 am (UTC)

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I do not carry a weapon, and I don't actually think it's a great idea. Any weapon you're carrying is something that someone can potentially wrest away and use against you.

A better idea would just be to take some self defense classes if you're concerned for your safety.
[User Picture]From: saikaro_x
2013-02-06 03:44 am (UTC)

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i don't carry a weapon, but i'd like to carry a can of mace on me
[User Picture]From: due27south
2013-02-06 03:46 am (UTC)

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I think whatever weapon you get, you should know how to use it. A knife or gun or kubotan or mace or whatever will do nothing for you if you don't know how to handle it when confronted.
[User Picture]From: kissofcinnamon
2013-02-06 04:14 am (UTC)

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Knives as self-defense for most people are bad ideas (and probably requires a permit if it's not fully illegal). The bad guy is already way too close if they're in range of a knife, unless you're trained for quite a while in how to use it. A few casual lessons aren't going to do it. The goal is to keep as much distance from someone who wants to do you harm as possible.

I suggest police quality pepper spray (I like Freeze), a canned air horn if you're walking in a bad area, and take a RAD class.
[User Picture]From: fleckerbug
2013-02-06 04:35 am (UTC)

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I don't carry a weapon other than my keys, which are about as good as a knife and more accessible.


My children do not ever go into my purse Sure they don't.

[User Picture]From: actpassive
2013-02-06 05:07 am (UTC)

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I don't know, I don't think it's a good idea to carry weapons. I'm 24, female.
[User Picture]From: magyck
2013-02-06 05:23 am (UTC)

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I carry pepper spray and my pocket knife everywhere I go. I actually didn't used to until I move out of state and stopped feeling particularly safe wandering around. I only feel safe carrying the pocket knife 1) because I'll use it for opening boxes and stuff at work and 2) my ex-Army dad, as well as my boyfriend's Marine dad, have taught me ways to use it.
[User Picture]From: cowfish
2013-02-06 05:27 am (UTC)

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I keep a small 9mm in my car. I am taking the concealed handgun license class next month to carry on my person.

http://www.kahr.com/Pistols/Kahr-CM9.asp
[User Picture]From: technocratic
2013-02-06 06:16 am (UTC)

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I'm not sure where you live, but in most states you need a permit to have it loaded in your car.

In my state, without a permit, the gun must be unloaded and in the trunk / secured compartment of the vehicle.
[User Picture]From: shippo
2013-02-06 06:25 am (UTC)

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I own a few pocketknives, but I don't regularly carry them with me.
[User Picture]From: technocratic
2013-02-06 06:27 am (UTC)

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If you believe your children never get into your purse, you should probably not carry a weapon.
[User Picture]From: southernkitten
2013-02-06 06:36 am (UTC)

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I carry a knife and OC spray on me whenever I leave the house. And when I find the pistol I want, I plan to get my concealed carry permit and keep it on me.

If you feel comfortable with the idea of carrying a weapon, then I don't see why you shouldn't. The main advice I can offer is that if you plan on purchasing and carrying a firearm, know the laws in your area, take some type of safety class and get comfortable with your gun (trips to the range, etc.)
[User Picture]From: hajiomatic
2013-02-06 03:04 pm (UTC)

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Arkansas just signed a law that lets you carry a gun to church.

Good to know
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