I carry everywhere I go.
I carry everywhere I go.
I live in Maryland (Silver Spring), a burb of DC. At the beginning of Sept, I started riding all the way to work, which is in Downtown DC, about 20 miles exactly. A large portion of the ride is though trails that run through parks and forests. There are a decent amount of bums living out there, so I carry pepper spray. The rest of the commute isn't bad, although, Mt. Rannier is a little sketchy....
I did have a rather scary experience the other day. I was biking up a decent hill in MD. I was just spinning, maybe going 10mph, and I was in the shoulder. An older mini-van with NY plates pulls up next to me maybe 2 feet away, and starts pacing me. There are three youths inside. This is a two lane road, and fairly quiet. The opposing lane is empty, and these jerkoffs could of easily gone around, but they were clearly messing with me. I wave my arm and yell "What the f are you doing?" The keep on pacing me, and are saying something among themselves. They speed up a little and I take the lane behind them and throw them the bird. They brake and start slowing down and I am thinking "oh crap, get ready to peel off to a side street." One of them throws me the bird and they speed off. I saw a cop coming out of a park two minutes later and I still had eye sight of the van. I should have said something.....but I didn't
I would totally carry a handgun on me if MD and DC would recognize my right to do so. I have a wife and two small kids and I rather enjoy coming home to them every night and personally, I would rather not be a victim.
Exactly. If you put any force to protect yourself, you get sued (by the thugs, or the state). You're supposed to leave your assets to the thieves, because human life is more valuable than material assets. That's what the law says. Even if someone breaks into your house - unless you get attacked, you must not attack the intruder. Just fall back and call the police. Brilliant law... for the thugs.
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No, I don't. Women in this area (DC) get a lot of street harrassment, but in terms of avoiding violent crime, being on two wheels has always been the defense I need. I tell women all the time, "Yes, learning to deal with buses and cabs and aggressive drivers is scary BUT, if you're scared to walk to the metro at night, if you're worried about getting to a club by yourself, if you hate walking by a bunch of drunk dudes talking about your body? get a bike." I've never been truly bothered, and even the tools who yell dumb s*** at me, well, they're in my hindsights before I know it. Bye bye.
I have considered carrying my wife's pistol in a chest pouch but I weigh the pros and cons versus the area I sometimes ride through and have opted to not do so. However I may mount some spray on my handlebars but the issue with that is that if you are taken off your bike you are without it. Only by having it on you do you have the ability to reach it when needed.
Even when I get my CCP I won't carry a gun when I ride. It's just easier to avoid shady areas and night riding. That's why I've stopped doing both.
And the county is Serbia (the avatar flag is of Socialist Fedarative Republic of Yugoslavia, which doesn't exist anymore).
Thank you, it is a Smith & Wesson 1911 E series. I think the perception that if you carry a firearm that it is your first line of defense. The reality is for myself and most people that carry is it is the very last thing you want to do. Most all situations do not require discharging a firearm. Avoiding confrontation and not escalating a situation when confrontation occurs is a much better option. I also carry pepper spray and I was a pretty good scrapper in my youth. Home invasions and shooting and fatal beatings are much more common locally than ever. We recently had a good man of the cloth beaten to death with his own hammer ridding his bicycle to his handicaped daughters to fix something for her. The guy was in his late 60s and it wasn't even 9pm when it happened. Some people just have no respect for life.
I don't carry any type of protection when I ride. Thankfully, given the location I live in and ride I don't feel the need. There are a few places nearby that I would avoid at night - but I don't do a lot of night riding. If I ride in the dark it's on the way to work in the fall/winter.
And you're right - some people have no respect for life.
From what I understand, most US states allow people to carry guns for self defence AND use them for that. Also, from what I've read, US penalty policy is strict. In my country you get 3 to 5 years for an armed robbery, even if you kill someone you get out in 5 or 6 years. Still, there is very small percentage of murders, 99% ends up with taking money and running. Should be the other way round?!
So I'd rather not start firing any weapons - just let them take the money and run - **** 'em. Although, I'm a 30 year old male that doesn't look like a nice prey - but I might turn 50 someday, maybe then I'll think differently. :/
Is Safe Room even a legal term?
It may be sensible to retreat to a safe room but it is not a legal duty.
One of these mounted on a rear bicycle trailer....
you know in case a plane or tank try's cutting me off on my daily commute :)
I've thought about carrying a camera around with me, but as we discussed at work, no matter what quality camera you use to capture a Squatch in an image, it will be blurry. They always are. :D
I carry a glock 22 in a waist pack. Same one I carry all day at work.
My commute is rural, but rural doesn't mean safe.
I've carried a stun gun at times and always have a concealed knife ready to go if I need them. I doubt I'd really need a weapon most of the time though. I trained myself about self-defense a long time before I got into cycling.