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PlanB's Comment
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Does anyone know of a single instance where a trucker saved himself from harm because he had a gun on him?

Here's one from yesterday

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, finally after all these years I can say I've heard at least one story of a gun that saved a driver. Of course, if four guys couldn't handle one driver, I don't think he saved himself from much. It doesn't sound like they had the ability to inflict harm on a paper bag. It also sounds like the driver missed all four guys from point-blank range, too, so I don't think any of these people involved were Special Forces at any point in their lifetimes!


Tim M.'s Comment
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Myself. I carried a gun back when I was still driving. I was told one time "you may not own the freight,but it's sure as hell your responsibility ." That and there's a myriad of other reasons to carry one

Breydan W.'s Comment
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Does anyone know of a single instance where a trucker saved himself from harm because he had a gun on him? I've been in the industry for 27 years and I don't know of a single story. We've had tons of people say they'd love to have a gun on them and we've had over 16 million visits to this website over the past 13 years but I've never heard a single story where having a gun made a difference. I'm sure it has happened at some point, but so do lightning strikes and meteor impacts but no one seems to be concerned about those.

In 15 years of driving, I never had a problem. I was never robbed or harrassed, nor have I felt like I was in a truly dangerous situation. I've been through every dangerous area you can imagine over the years - East L.A., South Chicago, MOST of downtown Atlanta - but never a single incident or real concern.

I have no issue with people wanting to carry a gun. I don't care either way. I just hate to see people stressing over something that is so unlikely to ever be an issue. Naturally, you might say, "It only takes once" and to that I say, "Well that applies to lightning strikes and rattlesnake bites and meteor impacts, too, so why aren't you obsessing about those?" Do you lock yourself in the basement during thunderstorms? Do you carry a snake bite kit? Are you tracking near-Earth meteors and potential impact zones?


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Andrey's Comment
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They say that the best fight or shooting is the one that never happened. Guns are made and carried not only to shoot and kill bad guys. If carrying while being at a shady place gives some peace of mind, why not? I'd rather have a gun and not need it than another way around.

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I prefer Huskies, Malamutes, or wolf Hybrids.. no one pushes the issue when something that looks like a wolf wants to turn your face into dessert.


"Oh, since that guy only has a 110 pound German Shepherd let's get him! It's not like he has a Malamute." - said no one, ever.


There's also a good reason you won't see those dogs used for law enforcement or military. But they are great looking dogs.

I bring my GSD with me. Since my PTSD issues had me parked for over year, I finally made it back out, but bring my 95lb boy with me. Luckily, the private fleet I drive for really wanted me, and even pulled the passenger seat out for extra space. I bring a ramp that I can set on the top step and Karl walks right down without risk to big baby joints. My fridge is mostly filled with his raw food :D


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