You know the cardinal firearm safety rules: 1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded. 2. Never point your firearm at something you are not willing to destroy. 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made a decision to shoot. 4. Know your target and beyond. Do you agree with all those rules?
Anti-gun folks see no reason why “good people” would carry guns and, therefore, find it very easy to believe that only “bad people” with bad intentions carry guns.
The attacks we saw in France will continue. They will come to the United States. It’s time to start thinking about how you might respond. Police can’t be everywhere, and a couple terrorists with rifles could wreak havoc in locations where American citizens are unarmed. So this begs the question: What are you prepared to do?
I want you thinking about pressing the trigger before you actually press it. What if you pull out your gun and your would-be attacker turns to flee or simply surrenders? You might be in a position where you cannot legally fire.
Let’s cut the crap. Tell me which caliber you would like to be shot with. Those who worship at the altar of the .45 ACP are going to hate me, but the truth is accuracy is more important than the size of the slug. And if you believe anything the FBI has to say, penetration is next on the scale of importance.
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.