Reasons to conceal carry

1) It’s Your Civic Right Under the U.S. Constitution

Everyone has heard this one. “We have the right to arm bears!” No-ahem: bear arms. The second amendment protects your right to keep and bear arms for self-defense against zombies, vampires, and masked-men after your bananas.

2) Deterrence

One of the reasons why the U.S. has never been invaded by another country is because it’s entire population has the right to protect themselves. Hunters alone make up a significant portion of the population, and then there are concealed carry license holders as well. In other words: it is well known that the people in the U.S. carries or has guns. Criminals understand this as well and it is a discouraging thought when planning to commit a crime.

3) The World is a Dangerous Place

Many of us don’t want to admit it, but no one should be worried about walking to their car alone at night, or asking a stranger for directions when they’re lost. Unfortunately, the world isn’t what it used to be and although criminals are aware that a large portion of the population carries a weapon, that makes them much more determined when they have resolved to commit a crime.

4) To Protect Your Family

Personally, this is the number one reason why I conceal carry; my family is my greatest and most treasured asset. Carrying a concealed firearm is one of the best ways that I can protect them from all the many unknown dangers in the world we live in.

5) To Protect Myself

I am a woman, first and foremost, without any other self-defense training other than firearms and concealed carry. However, regardless of gender all of us want to come home to our families at the end of the day. Carrying is one of the ways to make that possible.

6) To Protect Others

Most of us who conceal carry feel obligated to protect the people around us, including our friends, colleagues, and even sometimes strangers. Unfortunately, we may also want to protect ourselves from them as the next reason suggests:

7) 186,873

That’s the number of outstanding warrants in the United States as of 2014 according to USA Carry. At any given moment, the stranger next to you at your favorite diner or a patron who walks into your store could be a wanted felon.

8) Vigilance

This goes beyond number 6. Just as we feel strongly about protecting our friends, family, and ourselves, we must remain aware. Carrying a firearm has always made me more attentive to my environment and situations around me. This heightened awareness helps me avoid danger.

9) Be a Better Boy Scout

Be prepared. We all have heard “it’s better to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it.” Concealed carry is not a statement of “I’M LOOKING FOR TROUBLE!” but rather, “I am prepared.” Whether that means to avoid the dark alley, subdue the thief stealing cash, or those bananas I mentioned earlier, from my store at gun point. Which leads to the final reason:

10) 11 minutes

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 11 minutes is the average police response time. Unfortunately, police officers know that they are minutes away no matter how awesome and dedicated they are and anyone who has dealt with a life or death situation will tell you that seconds matter. If you find yourself in a situation where you must wait 11 minutes (maybe even more) for the police to arrive, having your firearm will make that wait seem shorter.

What did you think of this list? Is there another reason that should be added to it?

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