Kevin Michalowski Archive
Kevin Michalowski Executive Editor of Concealed Carry Magazine,
spends much of his time maintaining a constant state of suspicious alertness.
The remainder of his time is divided between working with and for those involved
in the self-defense community and following the cardinal rules of being amazing.
1. Risk more than required.
2. Embrace excellence. Email this author.
The term “gun violence” seems to have been coined by either the anti-gun media or some other anti-gun group in an effort to vilify the tool used to perpetrate violence on another. Somewhere someone said, “If we call it ‘gun violence’ that will make it sound like guns are bad. We should do that.”
Well, the topic of open carry has come up again here in Wisconsin as a couple of well-meaning men wandered through the Village of Germantown (just northwest of Milwaukee) carrying sidearms and rifles in full view. It happened in mid-March and was a flash in the pan as far as social media goes.
Smarter people than I have pointed out that a loaded handgun is the only thing that puts a 65-year-old woman on even ground against a young thug. Without guns we are at the mercy of the young, the strong or the many. With a gun we can fight back.
This news story from Texas offers several “teachable moments.” The gist of the story is this: Robbers hit the store. The owner fought back. The owner called police, who arrived 74 minutes later!
What you carry every day is important. Sure, many of you strap on a pistol and call it good. And that is good, insofar as it is better than nothing. Your self-defense choices are very personal and individual. Start thinking about them and act on those thoughts.
A concerned reader recently sent U.S. Concealed Carry a note about when you should or should not draw your firearm. The writer was concerned because many articles by attorneys and others say never draw unless to fire or you would be charged with brandishing.