One of the topics that comes up in all of my concealed carry classes is a discussion on when to carry a gun. There are generally a lot of different opinions on this amongst the students. Some will say only when going on long trips. Others will say only when out with the family. And some suggest that you only need to carry a gun when you are expecting trouble. I could not disagree more with all of those opinions.
Since none of us are clairvoyant, and thus can never predict when trouble will occur, the answer to when you should carry your gun is simple, and obvious. All the time.
I use the seatbelt analogy during my classes. I ask the students to consider a different question. Instead of asking when should I carry my gun, ask when should you wear your seatbelt? Well, lets change the question slightly. You will only need your seatbelt during a car accident, so the question isn’t when should you wear your seatbelt, the real question is, when will you be involved in a traffic accident? That is a question you will never be able to answer, so, since you can never know, it makes scenes that you would wear your seatbelt every time you are in a car.
Now back to our original question, when should you carry your gun? The answer is, all the time, because just like driving or riding in a car, you can never know when something bad will happen that will require the use of the gun. If you engage in the practice of only carrying your gun when you think something bad will happen, you are really gambling with your safety. And just like the lottery, the odds are far greater that you are going to lose, then they are that you will win.
So, ensure that the odds are in your favor and carry all the time. It’s the smart way to approach your safety and security.
Don’t just survive, thrive!
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.