Iron Clad Arguments for Concealed Carry
The Second Amendment affords law abiding citizens of the United States to keep and bear arms. The ability to conceal those firearms for our own defense is what keeps us safe. In this article, we're going to go over:
three iron-clad arguments for why concealed carry isn't just another phenomena – it's a necessity.
Police Can't Be Everywhere At Once
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are only 455,000 full-time police officers (2013) employed in the United States. In a nation of roughly 319 million people (2014), that means there is 1 police officer per 686 residents. Even if you added in the 100,000 or so part-time officers, that ratio still doesn't drop much.
Let's just go ahead and jump to the conclusion that unless a police officer just happens to be wandering by when a violent crime occurs – there's almost no chance he's going to arrive in time to stop it. At best, his presence can deter criminals from committing a crime and enforce the law if they're caught red handed.
There simply are not enough police officers to protect everyone. That's a fact of life. And because of that, a person's ability to defend themselves, their family, and their property is literally in his or her hands. A concealed carry permit and being an everyday carrier just makes sense.
Criminals Don't Care About The Law
When a person with a violent criminal record goes to get a gun to commit yet another crime, he's not going to bother with the gun store. He's going to rob someone else or buy it through illicit means. And while he's carrying that firearm, he's not going to be concerned with the laws he's breaking.
It's law abiding citizens that have to worry about the law – not violent criminals. And because of that, being a concealed carrier of a pistol or revolver is just one more way to ensure the safety of yourself and those around you.
Deterring Violent Crime Through Judicious Use Of Force
As more and more Americans apply for their concealed carry permits, violent criminals have to consider that as an additional factor they cannot see when going to commit a crime. The phrase is “knowing that which you cannot know”. It refers to all the factors in a situation you can plan for and then knowing that there are variables you cannot plan for.
Concealed carriers, in the minds of a criminal, are one of those variables. Unfortunately, it also means violent criminals have to move faster, hit harder, and be more violent in their pursuits – precisely because they do not know who's armed and who's not. Nor can they afford to wait around to find out. And, if anything, that's all the more reason to become an everyday carrier.
Unlike open carriers, concealed carriers aren't easy to spot in a crowd. When a violent criminal is looking to knock off a gas station, bank, or store, he's walking in blind to who else is armed. That means he needs to think twice before rushing in – or be ready for dire consequences.
There's certainly more arguments why concealed carry is something more Americans wish to pursue. Despite all the violence in the news, the FBI reports that violent crime has been dropping steadily as the number of concealed carriers increase. Maybe some of the smarter criminals are catching on...
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.