The Case For Concealed Carry by Eric Power
My wife showed me a video (Pt. 1) recently that had to do with Concealed Carry licenses. This was a report (Pt. 2) by ABC News that was done a few years ago. It shows their bias against CCW laws pretty clearly, so right off the bat I'm irritated. It was uploaded by a YouTuber with the title "Proof That Concealed Carry Permit Holders Live in a Dream World", so obviously he has his own axe to grind as well. The point of the video, as I took it, was that Concealed Carry permits are useless at best, and dangerous at worst. However, I reject their "controlled experiment" entirely. They set this test up from their assumption that CCW's are detrimental and useless. Of course they're going to get the results that they expected!
Let's consider the experiment. We'll take some people; one with zero handgun experience, someone else with moderate handgun experience and also a black belt in martial arts (as if that is pertinent in this case), another who's basically an immature AirSoft jockey with a video game fetish, and finally two experienced shooters with hundreds of hours on the range. They all take a course in handgun training and are then put into a classroom, while carrying their pistol in a hip holster, to allegedly take a course in helmet safety. At some point, a "killer" comes in, takes out the instructor and then goes for the student to test their reaction time. Nobody was able to "wild west-quick draw" their pistol from their hip holster and take out the killer before getting "shot" themselves. And there you have it folks! PROOF that Concealed Carry does not work! Great!! We can all go home now, right? Yeah, not so fast.
Here are some points on which we agree. They say that it takes months of practice in order to train yourself to effectively draw and use your firearm. This is called training your muscle memory. I agree. Not just with firearms, but with anything! You need to train yourself to start a fire, to run a marathon, or to drive a car. And certainly, to be tactical with a firearm. Another point; anyone can have an accident. Absolutely true. This was brutally illustrated by the officer in the first segment who shot himself in the foot in a classroom full of children, all the while on video.
Now here is where we part ways; it is better to run or hide than it is to pull out a gun. I STRONGLY disagree. I think it is better to run or hide WHILE pulling out your pistol. This is not a duel. It's survival. Nobody should stand out in the open, trading shots back and forth. That's a clear recipe for dying quickly. Unfortunately, that's what all but one of the subjects did in the experiment; that participant sought cover behind his table and drew his sidearm.
Here is another point of contention that I have with the experiment. All of the training was taught using Simunition, which is a non-lethal training cartridge that uses a wax bullet and shoots at a lower velocity. When the participants went into the helmet classroom, they knew they were still loaded with Simunition. So they basically went into the classroom with a hyped up AirSoft gun, otherwise known as "unarmed"! Why did they even bother with reaching for their gun anyway? Throwing it at the perpetrator would have done more damage than shooting him with it. I'm very suspicious of this whole debacle; at this point, it would not surprise me in the slightest to discover that everyone in the set-up was a paid actor, participants and all!
Evidence to the Contrary
Let's, however, assume that the experiment is genuine at heart, albeit deeply flawed; maybe these well-meaning folks and their reactions are authentic, indeed. However, to take this experiment and apply it to the millions of Concealed Carry License holders throughout our nation is not only reckless, it is untrue.
Here are just a few of the stories that occur everyday in America where people safely and effectively use firearms to protect themselves and others around them. For the purposes of relevance, I have only included stories which were related to CCW holders. Home-defense stories are another category entirely, and are not included in these examples - we have people foiling dollar store robberies, a parking lot robbery, a robbery in the drive-thru lane, an aborted mugging of some Average Joe walking down the street, and even a guy who shot a would-be robber while sitting in the barber's chair! The mall shooting in Oregon that happened just days before Sandy Hook, could have been much worse than two dead, had it not been for the quick reaction of a CCW holder in the mall that afternoon.
You Take The Good, You Take The Bad...
|Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL|
"The First Responder" Myth
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. - Thomas Jefferson
Our government wants nothing more than to turn us all into sheep, who cower and bleat until the sheepdog arrives to confront the wolf. That is NOT how it should be! WE need to be the sheepdog! WE are responsible for taking care of and defending our own! Let the authorities come and clean up the aftermath; just don't let the chalk outline be around your body.
I would prefer to die knowing that I had the ability to change the outcome, with my tools of choice at my disposal, rather than live in dependency and fear, needing others to get the job done for me. Being self-sufficient in this manner requires some tools and knowledge. Get a gun that you are comfortable holding and shooting. Take a gun safety training course. Apply for and get your concealed permit, state laws permitting of course. Train, train, train. Train some more. Be confident, and pray to God Almighty that you never have to pull it out in self-defense.