10 Reasons to Carry Concealed

300ConcealedCarry Concealed carry is far from being a “modern day” phenomenon. And it is also nothing new for women. But, society wants you to think this is a new idea, a new way of thinking for the “American gunner” (did you know that being considered and American Gunner or American Shooter never had a bad connotation until the 80s and 90s?). Current society wants you to think that women shooting and carrying guns is wild and crazy! Sure, maybe only to the guy who is trying to rape or kidnap her!!! Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt was the only First Lady that packed a pistol everywhere she went, as First Lady and long after? Roosevelt CC Men and women should be carrying. You don’t like guns you say? Well, I bet you like someone who has guns and you would be thankful they are your friend if anything were to ever happen to you and that friend is there to hopefully protect you with that gun! But what happens when he or she isn’t there? What then? Am I insinuating that you should all of a sudden like guns and go out and get one? Absolutely not! But, you might want to at least learn to shoot one! You just never know when the Zombies will emerge, Red Dawn will occur or your home is broken into while you are alone! But if not, it’s ok… we can certainly still be friends! ZombieBut if something happens and you come banging on my door you will be doing two things if you want to hold up with me: 1) Get a crash course on keeping my magazines fully loaded while I am picking off Zombies and 2) make sure that any of us shooting don’t run out of ammunition! Trust me, you will be busy!!! Ok, ok.. I’m off topic!!!

Reasons to Carry Concealed. Many have their opinions for either open carry or concealed carry… and we have already discussed this so I am not going to re-hash it, but I will have a point or two regarding it. Here we go.

– (Minus) 1 Reason of all time: “I carry concealed because it gives me a sense of power over everyone else and all I have to do is whip it out when the poo hits the fan and I will save the world!” If that’s you, you are officially an IDIOT and a person I want to stay away from because you are going to get yourself in trouble!

#1 – Carrying Concealed gives me the confidence that I can protect myself and my family and friends if a situation got to such a point. Note: The confidence does NOT come from simply carrying a gun. Too many people decide to get their CHLs, CCWs (whatever your state calls them) and then they think they are safe. They don’t practice at home. They go to the range a couple to a few times a year. They have never taken a defensive pistol course. And, most have never shot in any type of match to test their skills. Being good at something takes absolute dedication, persistence and practice! Strapping a gun on and knowing how to load it and pull the trigger is not even part of the equation. Learning how to do those things when your heart is pounding and your hands are shaking is a good start!

#2 – Carrying Concealed does not mean I am paranoid. Most people who carry intentionally stay away from bad neighborhoods and even verbal confrontations. We know the responsibility and accountability that comes with carrying a firearm. I’m not paranoid, I just have less to fear than the unarmed person!

#3 – Carrying Open will cause doubt in the mind of some criminals. If I openly carry (which is NOT a bad thing) I no longer have the element of surprise.

#4 – Carrying Concealed gives me a secret and makes me a formidable defender! In the Art of War by Sun Tzu, Tzu states “The general who is skilled in defense hides in the most secret recesses of the earth”. If you announce your means of defense and identify your position, you have lost the ability to do one of two things. 1) Retreat… Live to defend another day or 2) respond before the attacker realizes what is happening.

#5 – Carrying Open could possibly make me the first target and possibly the first victim!

#6 – Carrying Concealed in the State of Texas is the legal thing to do!

#7 – Carrying Concealed is my only option since I cannot carry a Cop! Ok, I agree, this is a stupid statement and I’m tired of hearing it, but, hopefully you get the point! Average 911 response time in the US overall is 22 minutes. Chicago it is 32 minutes and Detroit it is 58 minutes! Law Enforce will not be there to rescue you… you can almost bank on it! Unfortunately they will be there to clean up the mess, take the reports and draw the chalk outlines!

#8 – Carrying Concealed is not just the law, but it is my right. I hope that I will never have to use my gun in any other event other than to shoot targets at the range. But, unless your heads are buried in the sand, you know it is a dangerous world in which we live!

#9 – Carrying Concealed gives me positive opportunity. A bad guy will have to make a decision, or several… is anyone carrying, if they are can they get their gun out before I find out who they are and are they trained to properly use that gun in a situation like this? A positive opportunity because I have more things in my corner than he does. I’m concealed, I’m confident, I have already observed my surroundings and I am trained! Most of your street thugs do not go to the range, they do not practice, they do not aim and they are scared of getting shot! Trust me, I don’t want to get shot… but I will guarantee that my opportunity of fighting to stay alive is stronger than his opportunity to rob, rape or kill!

#10 – Carrying Concealed gives my family and friends a sense of calm and security, especially if they do not carry. If a “poo hit the fan” scenario were to develop I know my friends and family know that I am armed and know that I have training as well as that I practice often! They understand that this will give them a chance at survival so that won’t become statistics. Can I guarantee this outcome? Certainly not, but the odds are in my favor. I am all for stacking odds in my favor if it means we have a better chance at survival.

Let me emphasize a couple of points here so no one gets the wrong idea. I said I am trained and I practice. Yes, I am and I do. But, I do not have the training of a law enforcement officer nor a soldier, but the fact that I have given myself opportunity after opportunity to attend training classes to develop my defensive pistol skills and my consistent practice with my handguns gives me an advantage over most criminals. Am I as good as some LE folks out there? I would like to think so, maybe even better based on some recent conversations I have had about training with local cops. Training yourself and bettering your skills are a winning combination in any environment or aspect of life. You learn from those who are the best. The reason I take combat defensive pistol classes is that I know the training I am receiving is by people who have been there done that and it puts me in a very stressful environment to see how I react as well as how quickly I learn and adapt.

A few examples of doing the right thing by concealed carry permit holders:

Bystander Saves Cop’s Life In Oklahoma

Concealed Carry Permit Holder Saves a Wal-Mart Shopper’s Life

A Passerby In Wisconsin Saves Woman’s Life

Fun facts:

txdps-i0 The Texas Department of Public Safety has already processed 256,000 new concealed handgun licenses YTD for 2013.IMG_1294

The number of women learning to shoot has increased by 76% for 2013 YTD.

Choosing to carry is a huge decision for any person to make. If you haven’t gotten the message yet chances are you won’t get it… You are NOT prepared for life altering decisions simply by taking a 4 hour class, scoring well on a written and a shooting test and then strapping that gun on you. The responsibility and moral implications are far deeper than simply learning to shoot a gun and then carrying it. If your life is threatened can you rationalize the outcome of your decision to draw your gun from your holster and pull the trigger in less time than it takes for your heart to beat one time?

Do you understand the terms “adrenaline rush”, “situational tunnel vision”, “loss of gross motor skills” (meaning your fingers loose dexterity), “loss of life”, “sight picture”, “is my safety on or off”, “do I have a round in the chamber or do I need to rack the slide”, “did I fire two shots or ten shots”, “what happens if my gun jams or misfires”, “what happens if I accidently release my magazine… do I have another full spare on me”, “where is the closest cover that I can shoot from or am I going to stand in the open… and do I have time to make that decision”, “what happens if I get shot”, “where will my bullet go if I miss my intended target”? If you can answer ALL of these questions you just might be ready when the time comes. But if you can’t, you need to seriously think about what you are doing and get more training. I can answer these questions for myself but I cannot answer them for you!

Ok friends, as always… Stay Focused!

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Concealed Carry or Open Carry?

Seems like there is a lot of attention being given to open carry right now. Although I am not opposed to it, I am personally not sold on the position of whether or not I would open carry if it were permitted. Currently 36 states allow open carry, and only 14 of those states require a license to open carry! First I want to tackle the topic of carrying from a legal and moral point of view.

“More Guns, Less Crime” (As John Lott says in the title of his best seller) in my estimation means the more good guys that have the guns and are properly trained to use them, the less the bad guys are going to catch us by surprise! Again, Kennesaw, Georgia is the example, shinning on a hill, of crime understanding what it is up against and for the most part steering clear! Chicago, Detroit and New York City continue to be the favored targets of the highest crime rates in the country… I know, I know… I am beating the proverbial dead horse since I talk about it all the time!!! When was the last time you heard of a Starbucks being held up? Well, this organization has publically stated that it has no problem with its patrons legally carrying firearms… do you think the bad guys are aware of this? So, legally you had better know what the laws are concerning conceal carry and open carry in your states! If you took the CCW or CHL class and you do carry you went over these.. but, did you know that you should check these laws every single year to see what, if anything, has changed? Why? Because YOU are responsible, no one else, for not knowing or not understanding the law. If you do something wrong, in regards to carrying, brandishing, firing, shooting someone, a defense of “Gosh, I just didn’t know!” won’t protect you. Texas law tells us that we can carry concealed except for federal buildings, court houses, schools, establishments where the 30.06 signs are displayed, etc. Up until Sunday, September 1st, 2013, you could not “accidently” show or reveal your concealed firearm. Now the law says that as long as it was not an intentional flash, warning, brandishing, etc. you can no longer be charged with knowingly displaying your concealed firearm, with the possibility of losing your license. You cannot intentionally brandish your firearm because someone upset you or cut you off. And, of course, you cannot threaten anyone for any reason with your firearm! Boy I hope we are all smart enough to know these things! Fortunately you do not see these kinds of stories in the news. At least not from law abiding, legitimate concealed firearm carriers.

The moral part of the equation is a little more weighty than even the law in my own personal, non-legal “opinion”! We have to have the laws unfortunately to protect ourselves from the stupid people around us. But, by choosing to carry, we intentionally made one of the biggest moral decisions in our lives. I, you, have committed to carry a firearm to ensure that our pursuit of life liberty and happiness is not infringed upon or that of a loved one. I hope and pray that you have considered what this means to you. I ask people all the time, do you think you could pull that trigger and potentially end another human being’s life? Can you live with the consequences after that for the rest of your life? If you have to think twice about your answer I recommend you lock your gun/s up until you have reckoned with that decision. I am talking about not just in your home, but in your car, in your office, at a store, at a gas pump, in a theater, at a daycare, are you prepared to do whatever it takes to stop a threat with your firearm? If you have made that moral commitment to do whatever it takes to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness there is one other moral commitment I would like to know that you have made. You will say, oh Scott, that is NOT a moral commitment, but ask any member of the SEALs, Delta Force, Green Berets, United States Marine Corps, SWAT, and any law enforcement officer, if committing to practicing regularly is a viable component to the moral decision to carry a firearm! In fact I DARE you to ask them!!! I personally feel that practicing to do something that will protect yourself builds confidence and moral fortitude! I will be blunt… if you took the time to get your CHL, or your OCP, and only practice shooting that firearm once a quarter, once every 6 months, maybe even once a year, then you have not wrestled with that moral decision of carrying to defend yourself and your loved ones. Why? Because you will NOT be prepared to use that firearm in the most desperate of situations! You practiced driving that car over and over and over again why? So you could drive it and be comfortable driving it… maybe even because you wanted to be a good driver! Why does the military rehearse special operations for months on end? Because they want to get it right and they do not want any mistakes. Why should we be any different?

Ok, concealed carry or open carry? There is a place in society for both. I feel that in most instances open carry is a deterrent. A bad guy sees someone has a firearm on them they may be less likely to rob the place. In a state or city that permits open carry I believe that there is definitely much less crime committed because there are way more good guys that can return fire for certain than the bad guy is willing to deal with. But, on the other hand, open carry could mean you become the first target. Much less if you are with several others exercising that right, but if you are the only one in that store or bank, you may become the first casualty. Like I said, I am open both ways, but for me personally, at least right now, I prefer concealed carry. I want the bad guy to have to guess. But if I am in a national park or another open area that permits open carry I will most likely exercise that right, and I have in the past.

I am not sure if Texas will ever pass open carry, and I am certainly not opposed to it as I believe that it will definitely be a game changer when it comes to the majority of crime, but until then I will continue to practice and to teach and to encourage my friends that the sport of shooting is not at all scary as some would have you think. I would really love to see your thoughts on this subject. Let me know what you think!

Stay focused!

Davy Crocket said, “You may go to H***, but I will go to Texas”!

Today, Texas State Representative Steve Toth, from the Woodlands, said he is preparing a bill that he will introduce to legislation regarding a possible firearms or assault weapons ban. His bill will invoke the 10th Amendment (you know, the one guaranteeing state sovereignty) as well as make any federal firearms ban illegal in the State of Texas. And, furthermore, he will add a component to the bill that will make it a felony for anyone in the state to try and enforce a federal firearms ban within the State of Texas, if there is such a ban created by the president and/or congress. I will be writing to Rep. Toth pledging my support and thanking him for his support for gun owners, but not even gun owners, but for Americans! If you are interested, here is some information about him. http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/member-page/?district=15

It was a stellar day here in Texas, and I cannot be more thankful that I moved here so many years ago. In addition to Steve Toth’s legislation, our Lt. Govenor (whom I have not been a big fan of, until now), David Dewhurst, called today for state-funded, specialized firearms training for teachers and administrators to guard against school shootings. In reading about this I found out that the Lt. Govenor himself is an avid shooter as well as a licensed concealed handgun carrier.

Cypress Armory, here close to home, has just begun offering free CHL classes to certified Texas educators. Davy Crocket from Tennessee, Jim Bowie from Kentucky, William B. Harrison from Tennessee, William B. Travis from South Carolina, among many others from all walks of life saw something special in Texas, something special enough that they were willing to fight to the death to preserve it. That is part of the backbone that makes America what it is and what sets it apart from any other country in the world. I am glad I am in Texas!

Did you know:
1) In 1993, when Texas enacted the Conceled Carry Law, the national average for gun violence deaths was 7 in 100,000.
2) In 2012, 19 years later, the national average for gun violence deaths was 3.5 per 100,00. Hmmmm…
3) That in 2007, according to the “Small Arms Survey”, there were 88 guns per every onehundred people in the United States!
4) That Honduras is ranked #1 in the world for gun violence? Where’s the international outcry? 68.43 homicides per 100,000 people, with only 6.2 guns per 100 people! And, parts of South America, Africa and Finland have the next highest gun violence deaths.
5) That the United States of America ranks 26th, yes, TWENTY SIXTH, world wide, in gun violence deaths! Come on people, TWENTY-SIXTH!!!! And we are letting a few, including the governement run media outlets, build a FABRICATED case against legal, law abiding gun owners in this country!

So, to my friends in Illinois, California, Virginia, etc., I think it is time for you to make your voices heard and take on the establishment. It says “We, the people…”, not “They, your sovereign government…”!

To the current US Government, You may go to H***, but I am staying in Texas! Come and get it!