Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Big Trip: El Paso

Made it to El Paso last night. Took about 10 hours total, including the time I wasted by locking my keys in the car at a truck stop in Fort Stockton. But Mazda Roadside Service sent a nice man with tattoos on his face to get the car open, and I was on my way.

This is the first time I've carried a loaded gun with me for any reason. It gives one a peculiar sense, which is nothing like invincibility. In fact, during those 10 hours on the road I thought a lot about what kinds of situations would call for me to draw the weapon and what kind wouldn't. Would I know the difference? Would I be able to act in time? Was I capable of firing if I had to?

I think if the answer to any of those questions is "no" then a person shouldn't carry a gun. Odd as it may sound, there is a certain feeling of security in not carrying a gun. You're never forced to make any of those decisions, or to even think about them. Carrying a deadly weapon is a huge responsibility, and it's much easier to turn that over to someone else. The problem is, if there is no one else, you're stuck. There are parts of the interstate where a cell phone won't work, and there are some unfriendly people out there.

Anyway, on to California today. Somewhere around the AZ border I'll stow the weapon in the back. Parts of eastern California have relatively lax gun laws, but it's not clear where that applies and I don't want to take a chance. I need to get as close to L.A. as possible tonight. Another update at the next stop.

7 Comments:

Blogger carnaby said...

Being your bro, I'm going to spill the beans that you are carrying an unfired Springfield Trophy Match 1911 .45. Not most folks first choice for self defense, seeing as you have no idea if it will even work. Now get your butt out to the range!

7/31/2007 10:41 PM  
Blogger Gringo_Malo said...

Unfired??!! Even if it works, it might not shoot anywhere near where it looks. Forget the whites of their eyes. Don't fire until you see the bristles of their nasal hair. But don't jam that .45 into your assailant's flesh either. You'll push the slide out of battery, and it won't fire.

8/01/2007 6:30 AM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Thanks for the advice. Yeah, not the most savvy thing for me to do, but part of the reason I'm bringing up an unfired Springy is that I want to take it to the range with carnaby and play with it in Seattle. I coulda brought hubby's broken-in Kimber, but that's no fun.

Anyway, the point is moot now since I'm already in Kalifornistan. The Springy will be used by the time I bring it back down. :)

8/01/2007 10:25 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

You drive through Tucson and don't even drop me an email? I'm hurt!

I hope the rest of your trip goes well. Sucks being sick on the beach, though.

8/01/2007 8:08 PM  
Blogger Stickwick Stapers said...

Kevin, sorry. :-( I seriously thought about asking for a visit, but I was trying to make Ventura by bedtime (never even came close) and I wanted to blast through NM and AZ as fast as possible. Next time FOR SURE.

BTW, did Ben tell you that he might be moving to Tucson? Raytheon's trying to hire him.

8/01/2007 11:30 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Yes he did. I might have frightened him off, though. ;-)

8/02/2007 9:31 AM  
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