So you’re thinking about Concealed Carry… Part I

I have heard some folks say that the Aurora, CO, shootings have made them consider getting a concealed carry permit.  It’s a pertinent question. Many people, probably the majority across the country, never think about self-defense until something like this occurs.  It’s just human nature, unfortunately.

Probably 90% of the people who say they’re thinking about concealed carry won’t. It’s just talk and by the end of the next workday, they will have forgotten about the subject and fallen back into their old rut.

This column is for that other 10%.

If you are serious about concealed carry there are a number of tasks to be done.  The first and most important is not about the process of acquiring a permit, nor about which weapon would be best for you, nor about which is best, a revolver or auto-loader, nor about how to conceal a weapon once you have acquired it and the permit.  No, the first and foremost question is this: could you actually shoot and possibly kill someone in defense of yourself or your family.

Most men would probably say, “Yes,” without much thought. For men, it’s almost an automatic response whether it is true or not. For women, the answer is frequently the opposite. Women have been taught, it’s almost a cultural dictum, that women are the nurturers of the family while the men are the supporters and protectors.

Both sides of that dictum are false. Woman can be just as protective of their family as men. Why is the dictum false? Because people just don’t think about the issue—that they may have to actually kill another person—a living breathing person, to take everything they have and everything they will ever have, until it is standing before them when they have seconds or less to make a decision.

At that point, hesitation probably means being severely injured or killed.  That last second is NOT the time to be thinking about whether you can shoot or kill someone.  That time should be used to judge the situation, draw your weapon and putting rounds into the place where they will do the most good for your defense. Those last few seconds should be an automatic reaction.

This question, can I really shoot, is one you must answer, after long deliberation and prayer, before you take another step. All good CCW instructors will discuss this issue. It is not a frivolous subject.  Some people just cannot shoot or kill another.  It’s not shameful, nor a matter of weakness. It means that you must use other options for your self-defense.

But those options are for another column, not this one.

If you are truly serious about self-defense and concealed carry, and you are married, have a family, or just a close friend you spend a lot of time with, you must discuss the issue with everyone in your immediate circle. Some of them will react negatively. It is imperative you understand their reasoning, valid or not, and reach an agreement. Failure to do this could destroy your relationship.

For me, when it came to the defense of my family and friends, it was a short decision. It was not frivolous. But I realized that yes, I could shoot if it was necessary. I don’t know how I’d react afterwards. It’s never occurred. I’ve had a concealed carry permit since they were available in Missouri, some eight years I think. I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve drawn my weapon.  There have been a couple of times when I placed my hand on the pistol butt and was prepared, when I’ve been charged by dogs, to draw but the dogs were stopped by their owners before reaching my go/no go line.

If you cannot answer this initial question—could I shoot if necessary, then you should not buy a defensive weapon nor seek a permit. It would be a waste of time and money.  It matters not if you are a hunter, if you get a deer every season. Deer are not people. For some, it is a critical difference.

I have, in another forum, recommended Kathy Walker‘s book, The Cornered Cat. I would strongly suggest that you read her book before going further towards a CCW permit.  It doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman. Kathy has points to ponder for you both.

Tomorrow, Part II: Does it have to be pink?

In Defense of Kith and Kin

When asked why his party didn’t push through tax increases when it had a majority in both houses of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, “Next question.” — The Morning Bell.


Today’s theme is the emergence of ghouls overnight.  In case you haven’t heard, a nutjob broke into a theater in Aurora, CO. The theater was showing a midnight premier of the latest Batman movie. A dozen movie goers were killed.  Their blood was still liquid when Piers Morgan and NYC Mayor Bloomberg were calling for more gun control. Worse, ABC News Brian Ross was trying to blame the Tea Party for the massacre.

The reactions of the liberal media has not gone unnoticed.  We’ve come to expect liberals to use any opportunity to attack the 2nd Amendment and our liberty.

Within hours of the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a screening of the new Batman movie, the political machine is already gearing up to exploit the incident as a tool to demonize the second amendment and characterize Americans who are against big government as extremists.

Every time there is a mass shooting in the United States, the establishment uses it to demonize its political adversaries.

The most recent example was the Jared Lee Loughner case. After Loughner shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the media instantly launched a smear campaign insinuating that Loughner’s political beliefs were shared by conservatives and libertarians. In reality, Loughner turned out to be a pot smoking left-winger who had dabbled in the occult. —

The dems are now calling for a suspension of campaigning citing Obama’s cutting short his campaign trip to return to Washington. Yeah, like Obama tricked McCain into suspending his campaign just before the election in 2008. I pray we won’t fall for that ploy again.

In Wake of Colorado Tragedy, a Concern Over the Propriety of Campaigning


9:44 a.m. | Updated FORT MYERS, Fla. – The mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater presented a challenge to both President Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, on Friday: Is it O.K. to continue campaigning in the midst of a national tragedy, and if so, how does that change the message?

Mr. Obama chose to cut short his campaign trip here and return to Washington after addressing the tragedy before the audience that came here initially expecting partisan red meat. Mr. Romney opted to keep his schedule but talk about the shootings during a previously planned speech in New Hampshire. — New York Times blog.

Aurora, CO, is a liberal municipality like Chicago, New York and other such cities.  The Mall is not far from Columbine where two shooters once killed a number of students. The liberal mindset expects to be protected from the predators amongst us. Foolishly, they think a “No Guns” sign is a barrier to those intent on doing harm.

In such a crowd as there was in that theater, it’s unlikely a CCW holder would have been able to end the shooting without endangering by-standers. The media would have been like sharks in a feeding frenzy if a CCW carrier wounded or killed a by-stander while stopping the shooter. It would have been a no-win situation unless the CCW carrier was close enough to make the shot while insuring no one else was in the line of fire.

On the other hand most other CCW carriers would take that risk to protect themselves or their families and friends. It’s a tough spot to be in.

Even in this modern society, we are still our first line of defense of Kith and Kin. A cop a mile away, is still a mile away. A lot can—and will—happen before that cop can arrive on scene.

If you ask a cop whether he’s a Peace Officer or a Law Enforcement Officer, he would likely respond with the second label.  That is a result of their training. There’s nothing wrong with that.  Except…that it focuses on events after the fact instead of before the fact.  The theory that enforcing law will prevent crime is a theory yet unproved. All too often law enforcement is cleaning up after the fact. It’s an unfortunate fact.

When it comes to personal or family safety it is still our responsibility first.

When seconds count…

When seconds count…

Never bring a gun to a knife fight

What can I say further? Idiocy abounds!

Sounds good to me!

From the cartoon, Shoe.