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This is important for so many reasons. Here are a few “famous” quotes often heard around the concealed carry community:
- Any gun will do, if you will do (Dr. Ignatius Piazza, Front Sight)
- The 22 in your pocket is more valuable than the 45 at home on the nightstand.
- Any gun is better than no gun.
- If you are ever in a circumstance where you need a gun, only a gun will do.
Will you be carrying every day? Everywhere? If you need to go to the convenience store at 10:30 PM, will you be carrying? How about the convenience store at 7:20 AM? Obviously there are a few places a carry permit does not legally suffice…schools, courthouses, federal buildings, etc. But other than these, are you committed to carrying a weapon?
A personal note. I figure since the bad guys never call ahead to say when and where they’re coming, I decided years ago that just as I carry a spare tire for a possible flat (which I haven’t had it about 20 years and for which I pay an auto club to change anyway), I was ALWAYS going to be ready to meet the challenge of running into the bad guy. Does this change my life…put some limits on me? Yep!!! I don’t go places where I think it is more likely the bad guys will show up…especially courthouses (they’re always going there) and anymore I avoid schools too (they’ve been showing up there way too often).
Anyway, I enjoy a nice cold beer sometimes but I don’t enjoy one when I am out since I always have a weapon on me. Even when I enjoy one at home, I don’t get blitzed because I carry in my home as well. Do you think the bad guy is going to wait after he’s bashed in my front door while I “waddle” to the bedroom to get my gun…I don’t think so either; hence, my gun is where I is. Yep, in church as well. Yep, in the bathroom. Nope, I keep it outside the shower (but usually my wife is standing by with her’s close).
Am I paranoid? Maybe, but I prefer to think I am just committed and prepared to not being easy prey to the whims and fancies of those who would choose to catch me unaware. So, the question still stands? Will you carry? When and where will you carry?
Wearing a gun when you are all decked out with a suit and tie is a lot easier than strapping one on wearing cutoffs and floppies. How much will your wardrobe effect the weapon you intend to carry? Or said another way, how much will carrying your weapon affect your wardrobe? Fact is, wardrobe affects our carry weapons. So the question is, how many different types of wardrobes do you have? I am what would be considered a pretty conservative dresser…professional suit and ties all my adult life, can’t actually remember the last time I wore shorts…certainly never anything less than a casual shirt. So for me I always have enough clothes on to provide cover…what about you?
Permit me to be frank, wearing…accommodating a weapon sometimes, some days is a real PITA but truth be told, even though I pay an auto club to change my tire, I still carry a spare because I may not want to wait till they get there. I have a cellphone on me all the time but I may not have the luxury of time to wait for the police if and when the bad guy shows up…so I bring along my gun all the time!
I know I have some pretty firm opinions relating to this subject matter, what are your thoughts?