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Old 02-01-2015, 07:55 PM   #43
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Carol : Why are the Canadian Border Guards so concerned if you bring nunchucks and /or throwing stars into Canada .
OK so I looked it up and sure enough they are illegal in Canada as well as many other countries including some US States as they could be used as a weapon.

List of Prohibited Weapons and Devices is here on the Canadian Border Service Website.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:45 PM   #44
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They are illegal to have in most areas where we camp, National Parks, State Parks, National Forest Campgrounds, etc even if you have a carry permit.
Actually this is not correct as is stated on the NPS web site.

"The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws."

Firearms in National Parks - Gateway National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service)
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:48 PM   #45
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I think this has been a surprisingly civil discussion of a topic that generally gets peoples knickers in a twist.

Pretty much boils down to same answer as the bathroom or no bathroom in the camper question. What works for you is the best choice.

I will mention something that has not come up. Commitment and escalation. A weapon escalates the situation, a deadly weapon always escalates the situation to one of deadly force. If the other party brings the weapon then you have to decide if you want to go to that level. If one is not committed to that escalation don't ratchet things up.

Even pepper or bear spray against a person makes a fight with that person probable unless flight is an option. Breaker bar, knife, spare axe handle are not used to "threaten" someone they are used to injure, disable or possibly kill them. A firearm is by definition deadly force it is not a tool to threaten, wound or scare someone. Expect the other person to go to that same level of violence.

One other important point, you may well not scare anyone. You are a nice person, the person(s) confronting you are not. They may well figure you won't really act (shoot, stab, or hit) or won't be able to hurt them before they take you down. You don't confront violence on a regular basis, they may well be experienced at it and in their eyes you are a victim, not a threat.

My somewhat ugly 215 lbs. 6'1" self with a club in one hand asking if you would mind putting the generator back where you found it would probably convince one guy, probably even two that they "made a mistake, wrong camper, thought this was our buddies camper". At three the gray hair might make them a bit more tempted to argue the point.

My wife being petite, pleasant, and cute would have a hard time convincing two guys to leave with a pistol in her hand. Darn sure not going to "scare them off" waving a can of pepper spray or a club around. Her best bet may well be to strike with total surprise. If god forbid she ever had to use a knife or club to defend herself I would hope the other party would not know she had it until they she had already struck at least twice and they were already going down, and any other target was already being struck.

Pepper spray hampers the other person it does not put them out of action so you better have a plan for what next. No action is best unless you have absolute commitment to the course of action you set in motion.

I think predatory people can tell when you mean business and when you are just hoping they will go away. Put another way if you won't shoot, stab, or beat one or more people into a hospital don't carry the tool that requires that and don't go there in an actual confrontation.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:27 AM   #46
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:13 AM   #48
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Avoidance is usually the best.

I check my regularly my tires, do not have lighted candles around the house, minimize driving at night, avoid drug areas of a city,.... safety is a first choice,.

That said I do own a firearm, certainly a very last choice.

As well I have never felt unsafe in our trailer in 3,000 nights of camping all over the USA and Canada. In 14 years there have been only a handful of campgrounds we driven in and left.

Your best weapon is the use of your mind, on the trail or in a city.
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Avoidance is usually the best.

I check my regularly my tires, do not have lighted candles around the house, minimize driving at night, avoid drug areas of a city,.... safety is a first choice,.

That said I do own a firearm, certainly a very last choice.

As well I have never felt unsafe in our trailer in 3,000 nights of camping all over the USA and Canada. In 14 years there have been only a handful of campgrounds we driven in and left.

Your best weapon is the use of your mind, on the trail or in a city.
Well said as usual Norm. John
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Avoidance is usually the best.....


.... As well I have never felt unsafe in our trailer in 3,000 nights of camping all over the USA and Canada. In 14 years there have been only a handful of campgrounds we driven in and left.

Your best weapon is the use of your mind, on the trail or in a city.
If the place seems a little off or sketchy, best bet is to assume it is. Even if you are not sure why. Just move on. I never lost a conflict I avoided.

110% agree it is how you use your mind that will make the most difference. The people that survive hotel fires and plane crashes tend to be the people that think about what they will do in the event of a problem or think rationally about what to do when faced with a situation.

I don't know about "unsafe" but certainly a little concerned once way back in the Huron National Forest sitting around a campfire that was essentially burned down to coals, listening to the whippoorwills and other night birds it suddenly got dead silent, the dogs head came up and started slowly tracking something going left to right in the woods that surrounded our little clearing. I know I wasted no time throwing some small stuff on the fire to bring it back to life it kept it well fed for a good while too.
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110% agree it is how you use your mind that will make the most difference. The people that survive hotel fires and plane crashes tend to be the people that think about what they will do in the event of a problem or think rationally about what to do when faced with a situation.
When ever we go to a movie and on the even rare event we're in a motel, Ginny always know where the exits are. She thinks ahead. The process of looking to the future adds to ones consciousness.
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No Glen, Here is something I saw about bears:
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UDAP bear spray will put an attacker out of the fray; it is much more potent than pepper spray. But you have to make sure you're not upwind when deploying it.
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UDAP bear spray will put an attacker out of the fray; it is much more potent than pepper spray. But you have to make sure you're not upwind when deploying it.
I know good bear spray is really effective in stopping bears and people but I would be concerned about using it in a trailer. You might stop the troublemaker as well as yourself.
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