06 Feb Opinion: Why I carry a gun by Bravo X-Ray
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I get asked a lot about carrying concealed. Mostly they ask me why I do it, and how often I do it. So I’ll take the time to answer these questions but understand that my reasons are my own. My views do not necessarily reflect the reasons of the guy next door or the mom down at the park. People carry for a host of reasons and admittedly some reasons are far better than others,but… as long as you’ve asked ME, then let me share with you why I carry a gun.
The reality is I think these two questions more often go hand in hand than any other questions I get about carrying concealed (or carrying in general) and in truth, it all boils down to mindset. Consequently, in order to effectively answer these questions let’s answer the second question first. It has the advantage of having an answer that is short and sweet as well as laying the foundation for developing the proper concealed carry mindset and then I’ll answer the first, and then perhaps you will understand why I carry as often as I do.
For those that wonder when I carry, the answer is simple. I always carry. I carry every day, everywhere I go (that I am legally authorized), no matter who I am with, or what I am doing. Usually when people learn how often I carry, they are shocked because they immediately think, “Why does someone need to have a gun all the time?”
The truth is, I don’t need to. In fact, I may never need to. That is a beautiful thought, to live your entire life without ever having the need for a gun. The reality, however, is that you never really know when you’re going to need a gun until you’re put in that situation. The old saying may be cliche but that doesn’t make the statement any less true or any less wise, “It is better to have and not need than to need and not have.”
As to why I carry, that answer isn’t a simple three word sentence. In fact there are multiple reasons that I carry. One of the easiest reasons is because, well it’s my RIGHT as a citizen. I say that it is a right because in our constitution the second amendment says that the RIGHT to BEAR arms shall not be infringed. That word bear means to hold, or carry. It gives the idea that one carries his/her arms in a manner which they can defend and protect that which is theirs. So, while I do abide by the laws, I am a firm believer that carrying a firearm whether concealed, or not, is a right and not just a privilege.
Another reason that I carry is because this is a dangerous and cruel world that we live in and in order to defend myself, my family, my friends, and those I care about from the dangers we may face, I strap on a gun. With that knowledge you must understand that when you strap a gun on your person, you now take on the responsibility to respond to those dangers and threats appropriately. Does every threat require me to respond with the gun? Absolutely not. More often than not, when I encounter a “would-be” threat I am able to resolve the situation without ever cluing anyone in that there is a gun present. Very few people I talk to on a daily basis ever know that I have a gun, and that’s the way it should be when I carry concealed. But should the threat manifest itself in such a way that I need the gun, it’s there and it’s ready.
The final reason is probably the most sobering to me. I know the training that I have received, and I know what I am capable of when it comes to that firearm. It’s not just about being able to hit the “X” in the bulls eye every time I pull the trigger. The tactical training, the mental conditioning and the stress training that I have received thanks to the military has prepared me to respond in situation where the dangers of the world manifest themselves. Knowing what I am capable of and not knowing what other men/women are capable of or whether or not they even carry themselves, I am not willing to put my life or the lives of those I care about in their hands. The security and safety of myself and those I care about are my responsibility alone. That is why I carry. So a couple of rules that I live by that are especially true when you decide to carry: 1. Never go into a place or situation you don’t have a plan to get out of alive and unharmed. 2. Never argue with or threaten someone you don’t know anything about. 3. Survive. Whether or not you carry that is your personal choice and I hope that you fully understand the consequences of that decision whatever it may be. Know the reasons of why you do or why don’t, and be intelligent about it. I will say this if you make that decision to carry, I urge you to train. Master the fundamentals and develop sound tactics and procedures that ensure both security and safety of you, your loved ones, and the innocent bystanders that get caught in the middle. Be safe and have fun. And remember. It’s a cruel world out there. So get tough or die!
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