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Old January 28, 2014, 07:30 PM   #76
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Again, I've followed this story because I'm from PA (where I'm from), and the victim is from a local town where I now live in Maine (ME). Just to recap: the victim was driving home to ME from Florida. He had to drive through either one of two states (NJ, or NY) that would have made the legal carry of a gun that he could reach very tough.

And he was on an unfamiliar highway in a rural area in the middle of the night, both sides of the road were covered in snowbanks. After whatever began his encounter with the shooter he tried to maintain contact with 911 while driving in all of these conditions.

All that having been said; the best advice I've seen on this thread is to avoid being in that situation, at that time of night. I've made the drive from ME to PA many times. On a few occasions I've pushed it and driven late into the night, I won't do that again.
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Old January 29, 2014, 10:37 AM   #77
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No matter what happens, you are ultimately responsible for your own protection and safety. There's no other way to say it or define it. Any more it's almost to the point that a person shouldn't travel without carrying a gun of some sort on their person or carrying a medium caliber rifle or decent shotgun in their car. Try to keep it as legal as possible but survival is always your main concern. A rifle with a tactical scope gives a defender a better survival chance over a guy with a pistol almost every time. A guy with a pistol is almost always in a better position than the guy who only has a knife in most cases. But, then again, you need to train with your firearms to insure competency with them too. So the keys are: preparation, training and lots of practice to iron out the bugs in your defensive plan. Once you've gotten everything straight you can hope that you never have to use your defensive plan but you can rest easy that you have one and, like insurance, it's there whether you need it or not.
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