Archive | February, 2014

Rationalizing Our Decision to Carry Handguns

13 Feb

Our decision to carry a firearm for self-defense is at times, a controversial one. The position on gun rights is often attacked with false statistics and statements aimed at cultivating emotional responses that aren’t grounded in reality.


It is sad to see people who choose to carry firearms for their own defense demonized and considered dangerous, unstable, or even bad people.

It can be helpful to occasionally refresh ourselves with the reasons for our choice to carry and the positive impact concealed carry can make on our lives.

As author Larken Rose says in his article “Pro-Crash Extremists” on

“Seat belts and airbags are designed to do one thing: make it so people can survive car crashes. So do people wear seat belts, or buy cars with air bags, because they want to crash? Of course not. They do those things so that if they’re unfortunate enough to find themselves in a dangerous situation, they’ll have a better chance of surviving it. (Read more about the public desire to carry handguns here)

Individuals who make the decision to get a concealed carry permit, attend classes, and spend many hours choosing the right handgun, ammunition, and carry system are not doing these things to cause trouble. They are engineering their own self-defense system. These are knowledgeable people who are taking responsibility for their own safety and protection instead of relying on luck or the police.

Taking responsibility for oneself is admirable and should be lauded, not treated as barbaric scare tactics or lies.

There are those who say that we wouldn’t need guns if we simply avoid dangerous areas and situations. These people also believe that the police will protect us.

Remember, these types of arguments are not based in reality. All one has to do is pick up a newspaper to see crimes committed across all spectrums of society. Shootings don’t only happen in bad neighborhoods. They happen in gated communities, too. As for the police protecting us, the fact of the matter is that they are not present everywhere 24/7, nor do we want them to be. Most of us cannot afford personal armed bodyguards either.

This reduces our options considerably and again, brings us face to face with the only real option at hand: carrying a firearm for self-defense.

A responsible citizen in possession of a handgun is prevention. If a criminal succeeds in killing someone, there is no cure that will bring them back.