The Seven Secrets Of Concealed Carry - Secret Number One
This entry was posted on August 4, 2014.
1. Make the Commitment to Carry Whenever and Wherever You Can
Congratulations, you’ve made the decision to carry a firearm and protect yourself and your loved ones from the threat of deadly force. Carrying a firearm is the most adult decisions you will ever make, because by carrying a a self-defense sidebar you are taking responsibility for your own self-protection. You have realized (as many people before you have realized) that there WILL NOT be a policeman near you when you need one the most, and have chosen to become your own first responder.
However, having a gun nearby means rearranging your lifestyle and wardrobe to accommodate your gun, and that requires effort and commitment because thankfully, chances are you won’t need to use your gun, and that’s a very good thing indeed. A good analogy would be the smoke detectors in your home: No, you probably won’t ever need to use them, but if you do, they can save your life.
Because carrying a gun requires you to make changes in your routine, it can be tempting to only carry your firearm when you “feel you might need it”, like when driving through a dodgy part of town or going on a long trip. The fact is, though, that we don’t get to decide when we’ll need to use a gun to save our lives, that choice has been made by the criminal who decides we are prey.
Carrying a firearm for self-defense isn’t like owning a firearm for hunting: There is no “open season” on bad guys. We don’t decide to go looking for trouble, it’s trouble that (regretfully) finds us. Therefore, carrying a gun only when you “feel you need it” is like owning a fire extinguisher only when you’re planning on cooking creme brûlée or some other flammable dish: You don’t get to decide when to have a house fire or not, and you don’t get to decide when you might be mugged (or worse).
Making a commitment to owning and carrying a defensive pistol is just that, a commitment. Fortunately, today’s holsters and pistols are designed to be easy to wear and easy to carry, so the changes you’ll need to make to your routine are very minimal and soon you’ll be carrying your gun wherever and whenever you can.
More on that in Part Two of this series.