Common Issues With Concealed Carry
People often cite many reasons why they choose to carry a handgun. While that is fine and dandy, many often do not discuss why they CHOOSE NOT TO carry a handgun. I believe we need to look at both sides of the spectrum and identify the causes and reasoning for both.
Concealed Carry Laws
Concealed carry laws is one of the main deterrents for people wanting to carry a firearm whether openly or concealed. These laws are typically made by some very rich and well connected politicians living in some far off place most have nor will ever visit; Washington D.C. The politicians say that they are creating these laws to protect the public and in the name of fighting crime. This seems reasonable, but only law abiding citizens will follow the law and criminals will still run amuck. Criminals don’t abide by laws or have respect for them; hence why they are criminals.
Liability is another main concern for people carrying a firearm or looking into doing so. Even if you beat any criminal charges laid against you (if any), you are still faced with the potential of a criminal suing you in civil court after the fact. But don’t fear! They have insurance for that ... (No, they really do). Most homeowner policies don’t cover shootings even in self-defense but many companies are offering coverage specific to this. The NRA, USCCA, Second Call Defense and Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network offer this type of coverage to name a few.
Concealed Carry is an Inconvenience
Carrying a firearm is also inconvenient. After the first couple of times the “thrill” of carrying disappears and becomes more like a chore. Luckily companies have begun to offer smaller firearms to meet your carrying needs. Alien Gear Holsters use a neoprene backing on all IWB concealed carry holsters, which goes a long way to eliminate this inconvenience and make concealed carry as comfortable as possible.
Social stigma can be crippling to individuals in many social situations and the realm of carrying a firearm is not immune. People are worried about what their friends, family and neighbors might think of them and the media does nothing to help this.
You may be asking yourself right now, what does Alice and Wonderland have to do with carrying a firearm? Well the truth is nothing but many people are sheltered and forget the harsh realities of life. They are delusional to the point that they think they are immune from crime, violence and that the police will always be there to protect them. As the old saying goes “when seconds count, police are only minutes away.”
Carrying a firearm is no laughing matter. It is a responsibility that many people choose to forgo on a daily basis and blindly put their lives in the hands of so called “professionals,” simply because they are ill-informed. If you are considered carrying a firearm you need to get the facts and weigh the pros and cons for yourself. For most of us already carrying, one reason will triumph all counterarguments; IWB concealed carry holsters
About The Author
Travis Box is currently a college student studying American history with a concentration on the Constitution, Revolutionary War, politics and legislation. As an active hunter for 5 years and a recreational marksman for over a decade, his writing brings with it years of real world experience from both the field and the range.