jweg84 wrote:The Annoyed Man wrote:For me, it's not about the cost of the gun. I could replace most of the pistols I have fairly easily. They're nothing that special. But I hate like heck the idea of arming a thief.
THAT's why I won't leave a gun in a car parked where the gun (or the vehicle with the gun in it) could be stolen.
I never really looked at it from the perspective of arming a thief. However, if you think about it, is anywhere really safe from a thief? I mean, there are home burglaries all the time, unless you have all of your weapons stored in a locked safe; are they safe in your home? It's just as easy to break the glass on your home as it is to break the glass on your vehicle. I guess that's just a risk that i'm willing to take to be sure that no matter where I go I have a weapon with me even while I may not be carrying on my person.
I realize that this doesn't work for everybody...... but when I was working, I was self employed and worked from home - seldom leaving except for the occasional client meeting, and even then, my wife was home. Now I'm retired, so nothing has changed. Also, I have an 850 lb safe, bolted to the floor. Sure, a safe can be defeated, but they'd have to work at it for a while......longer than they'd want to spend inside my house. I have a monitored burglar alarm system. I have a dog. Etc.
Leaving a gun in the car is MUCH riskier than keeping a gun in my house.
You've been a member since Nov of last year, so maybe you haven't seen any of these threads......but once or twice a year, a member here posts about having his gun stolen out of his vehicle, or having a friend who had a gun stolen out of his vehicle. It has happened to a friend of mine.......at church, no less......because he just never got around to actually finishing the CHL process and couldn't bring his pistol inside the building. Meanwhile, I was wearing mine on stage, at the same church......so there was no reason to not carry the gun inside other than laziness in getting his license.
I totally get the idea of having a gun in the car, but this is the world we live in, and I won't arm a thief. Not even with a long gun as a truck gun. I have several long guns that would be ideal truck guns, but I don't want them stolen. So my long truck gun is a folding 9mm carbine in a briefcase I can bring inside with me wherever I go - even if posted 30.06. But most of the time, I only have the gun I'm carrying, and it stays on my person.