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What can Johnny Cash teach us about concealed carry?

No, NOT that shooting a man in Reno just to watch him die is a good thing.

Rather, take a moment to listen to Johnny Cash's last hit song, a cover of Trent Reznor's "Hurt".

Honestly, the first time I heard this, I was literally shaking after it ended. The power of Cash's voice is just overwhelming at times.

But listen for what's not there. No bass guitar. No solo. No rhythm section of any kind. Just an acoustic guitar, a piano, some strings and Cash's amazing voice. This song can (and has) moved its audience to tears, but the song itself is very simple and very restrained, until it's time to not be restrained.

Which brings us to concealed carry.

  • Carry what you need and what you know works.
    The lack of drums and extra instruments did not get in the way of the song, rather, they enhanced it. Same way with what we carry. Unless you live in downtown Kandahar, you don't need to carry an M4 and 20 mags with you if you're going to the grocery store.
  • Experience is better than gear.
    Does anyone REALLY think this would be a better song if some bubble-gum pop group sang it using the latest computer-tuned vocals? Me neither. By that same token, who would you rather have on your side; Clint Eastwood with a .22, or Woody Allen with an M4?
  • Sometimes, doing nothing is the best thing to do.
    The crescendo at the end works so well because of the restraint at the beginning of the song. Learning when to act and when to not act takes time, but what you save in legal fees more than makes up for it.

R.I.P. Johnny. We still miss you.

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