You live in a quiet neighborhood, nothing ever happens in your town or places you visit, why would you want to bother carrying a gun? If anything should happen, the local police will handle it.
If you feel this way, don’t feel bad – most people do. Unfortunately, those are the type of people you first hear about on the nightly NEWS because they were brutally beaten or murdered in their own home, on their way to work, or just out for a walk.
You are 3 times more likely to be the victim of a violent encounter than to have a house fire, yet every household has at least once smoke alarm, an evacuation plan, and has been trained in what to do in case of a fire. If you are 3 times more likely to be violently attacked, why wouldn’t you want to be just as prepared?
Just because you carry a gun does not mean you have to use it, nor does it mean it has to be your only means of defense. Our carry class shows you ways to avoid becoming a victim in the first place, as well as alternatives to using your firearm. But when all else fails and there is no other means available to preserve your life, you have the right to defend yourself, including the use of deadly force if necessary.
It could be your life, your spouse, or your kids.
When you get in your vehicle you buckle up, and make sure your kids and/or other passengers are buckled. Is it because you plan on getting into a serious car crash, or just because you want to be prepared in case something should happen?
Wouldn’t you rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it?
If I go the rest of my life without using my firearm to defend a life, that’s the best thing I could hope for, but if I ever need it I’ll be glad I had it. I can’t imagine a loved one being brutally raped and/or murdered and not be able to do anything to stop it but call 9-1-1 and wait for an average of 8 minutes for help to arrive.
It’s probably taken you less than a minute to read this article up to this point, can you imagine how much damage can be done in 8 minutes, or longer?
Think about that, then ask yourself why you don’t carry a gun.
Carrying a gun is certainly not for everyone. If you feel you are just not ready or capable, you feel you would be unsafe with a loaded firearm, or you just don’t feel it’s for you, by all means don’t carry. It’s a big responsibility and comes with some inconveniences.
If you can see yourself defending your life or the life of a loved one with deadly force if necessary, please do yourself a favor and consider getting your permit. At a minimum you owe it to yourself to find out what it’s all about, what to expect, and what you need to do or not do in order to carry, the decision could save a loved ones life.
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