The ABCs of Carrying

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

I just saw a story online about a man with a concealed carry license who was sadly killed. He had heard  noise outside, late at night and went out to investigate. That was the last he was heard from.

It may seem simplistic, but that man forgot the simplest rule of carrying concealed. That is, “always be carrying” or “ABC” for short. Any of us who have a concealed carry license, but leave our gun sitting in the nightstand are merely setting ourselves up for trouble. It’s about like we don’t have the license at all.

Unfortunately, none of us have been issued a crystal ball, telling us the future. We’ve just got to wait until it comes along. That means we have no real idea of when we’re going to have that encounter in which we need our concealed pistol.

There are two basic ways we can look at the carry/don’t carry decision. The first of those is risk management. With that variant, we look at the activities we are about to undertake and make a guess as to how much risk there is of a criminal trying to rob us or a mass shooting happening. If the risk is high, we carry. But if the risk is low, we may decide to avoid the hassle and leave our gun at home.

The other method is more like how the Secret Service operates. They don’t evaluate risk before deciding whether they’re going to carry, they recognize that there’s always a risk. Hence, putting on their gun is as much a part of starting the day as putting on their pants. They wouldn’t show up for work without their pants and they wouldn’t show up without their gun.

Granted, you and I might not face as much risk as the Secret Service does or even as much as our local police officer does; but we still face risk each and every day of our lives. We just don’t know how much risk we face or what we face risk from. But we still face risk. As long as there are bad people in the world, there will be risk that we need to be ready to defend ourselves and our families from.

That means having the means to protect our families on our person or within our grasp at all times. Those who carry when they leave home, but put up their gun when they come in the door are making the very dangerous assumption that they won’t get attacked in their homes. That’s probably what happened with that man; then he walked out his door to investigate a noise and lost his life, just like someone who didn’t even own a gun.

I understand that there are always situations where we can’t go armed. Your work may not allow it. We can’t carry in a Post Office and depending on your state; you may not be able to carry in other government buildings. But in those cases, why not keep the gun in your car, so you can reequip it as soon as you leave?

Granted, I will confess that there are times I am unarmed in my home. I don’t put my gun back on once I’ve showered at night. But I still have a gun within reach. Weather I’m sitting at my desk or on the sofa watching a movie, there’s a hidden gun where I can get it, without having to move from my place.

If I have to get up from one of those places to go answer the door, the gun goes with me. If I have to get up in the middle of the night to investigate a noise, my carry gun, which sits on my dresser at night, goes with me.

Yes, I realize that sounds a bit paranoid. In fact, anyone who spent any time within my head would probably say that I’m paranoid. But in reality, I’m not. If I was paranoid, I’d be thinking that everyone was out to get me. That’s not what I’m thinking. I’m thinking that any situation could turn out to contain someone who is out to get me. There is a difference.

That man who was killed carried every day. But for one moment, he forgot that there were people out there who didn’t value his life and who would take it for momentary gain. He couldn’t have known what was about to happen, nor could anyone else. It’s even possible the perpetrator didn’t know. All we can do is look back t it and ask ourselves how it happened. We don’t know that either; but we do know that if he had been following the ABCs of carrying, he would have had a chance to change the outcome.

So, what about you? Are you practicing the ABCs of carrying? It’s really pretty basic, just like keeping your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Dr. Rich

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