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    Question Is this a case of staying vigilant or being paranoid?

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    Last week on my run I saw something troubling. My subdivision has sidewalks on one side of the street only so people need to share the sidewalk. Its an unwritten rule that runners/joggers use the street when someone is walking their dog,stroller, etc. It was a nice day out so everyone decided to take advantage of the nice weather. I notice this indivdual death staring at runners going past them grabbing at their waist area. I run past them and I could see the person with a hand on some kind of weapon. I could have been a gun, taser, pepperspray,etc but it was in a holster. I live in a nice area of Birmingham, Al but we still get our share of crime. Mostly break ins and therfts. People do pack heat but I never saw someone stare down runners while having their hand on a holster. I don't know if that person was being paranoid or had some shit happen to them so they trust nobody.


    I almost forgot to add they were walking a small dog.

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    What a weird rule to have. You'd think dog owners occupy more space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMcNinja View Post
    What a weird rule to have. You'd think dog owners occupy more space.
    You can still use the sidewalk for running but you’ll get nasty looks if you pass by someone walking a dog or pushing a stroller

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    Are you 100% sure that it was a gun or are you unsure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    Are you 100% sure that it was a gun or are you unsure?
    not sure maybe it was a gun or a taser. But it sure looked like one

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    Sounds like hypervigilance or paranoia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewOU2015 View Post
    not sure maybe it was a gun or a taser. But it sure looked like one
    Could be an undercover cop? Walking a dog is a very "I'm being a normal person" thing to do, but the flip side of that is it's also a normal person thing to do lol.

    The positive part of this is that psychopaths don't really care for animals, so you can rule that out.
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    Yes, owning a gun makes you paranoid, not vigilant.

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    Or maybe it was a case of neither, and if your observation was right and he was staring at the runners while holding a gun... He was waiting for the right victim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forgettable View Post
    Yes, owning a gun makes you paranoid, not vigilant.
    I mean locking your doors makes you a little paranoid too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlygork View Post
    Or maybe it was a case of neither, and if your observation was right and he was staring at the runners while holding a gun... He was waiting for the right victim?
    I REALLY doubt that an armed robber was walking a dog while waiting to rip someone off, unless they are extraordinarily weird and dumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    I mean locking your doors makes you a little paranoid too.

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    I REALLY doubt that an armed robber was walking a dog while waiting to rip someone off, unless they are extraordinarily weird and dumb.
    Walking a dog is as good of a technique to lower people's guard as any. I will grant that they would have to be dumb if they were so easily spotted as acting weird, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zlygork View Post
    Walking a dog is as good of a technique to lower people's guard as any. I will grant that they would have to be dumb if they were so easily spotted as acting weird, however.
    That's not true at all, and it also makes you EXTREMELY identifiable, and will make noise and draw attention to yourself.
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    Vigilance is often tied to paranoia. Do you really live every minute of your life prepped that something bad will happen? I feel for anyone that does. There is common sense caution like driving safety and there is having the idea that anyone is out to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomzy View Post
    That's not true at all, and it also makes you EXTREMELY identifiable, and will make noise and draw attention to yourself.
    It actually is true. Most of the time people will walk by a stranger with no more than a nod or maybe a "hello"...but if you have a cute dog with you people are more likely to stop and chat.

    As far as this case is concerned...there's not a lot to go on. Without knowing anything about the person the behaviour could be anywhere between completely understandable and horrifylingly sociopathic.
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