Some people may interpret the meaning of “Get out of Dodge” to be Indian talk for “get out of your car”… but seriously, its popular jargon meaning; “leave wherever you’re at”.
Dodge City, Kansas was a rough and tumble cattle town back in the mid 1850’s with infamous gunmen, like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, while frequently visited by cowboys driving cattle from Texas.
The above saying could well apply to that time in history, but, many think its derived either from a 1950’s TV western series called “Gun Smoke”, or, the famous movie classic “High Noon” (which, by the way, is one of President Bill Clinton’s favorite movies). The above show plots featured some (bad a**) sheriff or outlaw that orders you to leave town or face lethal consequences.
It’s interesting to note how the above saying can have a lasting impression on our behavior when applied to Concealed Carry in suspicious areas. We Concealed Carry for self-protection, having practiced many hours to draw and shoot, but, when in a threatening environment our first thought should be; leave the area to avoid harm to yourself and/or loved ones.
Fleeing from an encounter can be a difficult decision only made at the scene. Give it some thought. You will most probably be better off leaving Dodge, but, better yet…don’t even go near Dodge. Keep on packin dude.