Why Carry at Home?

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

I know a fair number of people who have a concealed carry license. There’s probably a bit of the “birds of a feather” reality in that. Some of those people I know from my local shooting range and others are friends who I’ve talked to about guns and shooting one time or another. But few of them carry all the time; most just carry sometimes.

I find this curious, as the only time you can find me without a gun is when I’m in the shower, asleep or somewhere where carrying a gun is prohibited, even with a permit. However, if I’m in the shower or in bed, the gun is still nearby and I really try to avoid going to places where my right to carry a gun is denied.

My office is in my home, so there are many days in which I go no farther out my door than the mailbox, yet I still carry. Many people would probably think that strange, especially those who only carry at times when they feel that they are going into an area where they might be at risk.

But the reality is that being at home puts one at risk; just about as much of a risk as leaving home does. There are 3.7 million burglaries and 1.03 million home invasions per year. The vast majority of burglaries occur between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm, when most people are at work and school, but I’m home during those hours, working in my office. To a burglar looking for a home to break into, my home might look just as empty as my neighbors, as they can’t see me in my office from outdoors.

This works out to one out of every 37 homes being burglarized every year. Considering that my home happens to be the largest one on my block, I would have to say that it is a prime target. So I have a higher chance of confronting a criminal in my home, than I would if I was working in some office building somewhere.

The most common place for gun owners to keep their guns is in the bedroom or the bedroom closet. Probably about the favorite place for keeping a handgun is in the nightstand. That keeps it available, should someone break into your home while you are asleep. But what if you’re not.

Here’s where the rubber meets the road, as far as I’m concerned. Criminals who commit home invasions, rather than burglaries, do so when you are at home. They want to find you there. Sometimes they are looking to commit violent acts upon the people living in the home. Rape falls into this category. Other times, they simply want to rob you and having you at home provides them with the opportunity to get whatever ready cash you have on hand.

In either case, the gun you have in your night stand, bedroom closet or lockbox under your bed isn’t going to do you the least bit of good. Criminals breaking into homes want to get in within seconds. They’re not going to telegraph their intentions to you, by rattling the doorknob and then stopping to think about their next move. If they even bother to check if your door is locked, the very next sound you’ll hear is the splintering of wood, as they kick open your door.

So, what do you do, if you’re sitting in the living room, watching television when you hear that sound? How are you going to defend yourself and your family, with your gun in another room? There isn’t going to be time to go to your bedroom and grab your pistol out of the nightstand once you hear that. I seriously doubt there will even be enough time to grab a gun that is hidden behind a picture or in a piece of furniture, let alone one that is in another room.

So carrying a gun in your home isn’t extreme, it’s merely common sense. It is an important measure to take, to ensure that your home is safe and secure for your family. Not carrying a gun at home, on the other hand, puts our families at risk, if anyone should decide to break in.

At the same time, carrying a gun at home provides you with the opportunity to familiarize your children with firearms. One of the things the gun grabber crowd regularly talks about is the number of children killed by accidental discharges. These deaths are tragic; but they happen because children are curious about firearms and not trained in their use. Children who are taught about guns and especially children who are taught gun safety are not likely to go searching in dad’s closet to show off his gun to their friends.

Of course, age appropriate teaching for your children should go along with exposing them to it by carrying. Start by teaching them the rules of gun safety and as they grow, take them to the range and teach them to shoot properly. The younger they learn, the less likely they are to do something foolish with a gun.

And as always, keep your powder dry and your survival gear close at hand.

Chris and Dr. Rich

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