It scares the shit out of me that people just randomly walk around with guns in the US.
I carry concealed as does most of my family and a good number of my friends. We are all licensed and all trained. We spend a lot of time and money maintaining our skills.
A lot of people have misconceptions about people who are licensed to carry firearms and jchenky gives voice to that in her comment. The reality is that those who do carry treat it as a very solemn and sober responsibility.
We have made a conscious choice to exercise a God-given right and do so in a very serious manner. We are able to protect ourselves, our families, friends and communities at all times and you will find that we are willing to sacrifice our lives in an effort to protect yours.
You have nothing to fear from us - we are not the criminals you hear about in the nightly news. Criminals are NOT licensed to carry, break the laws by doing so and continued in their disregard for legality and moral rightness by continuing to break the law and harm others.
We choose to not be victims and refuse to allow others to be victims of criminals as well. This country would have descended into darkness and chaos long ago if it had not been for the armed and trained American citizens who fight back against the scum of the earth who would rather harm and kill others.
We refuse to live in fear, worrying if we are going to be robbed, beaten or killed!
Give some respect where it is due! thanks.[/quote]
Great post! Pretty much sums it all up right there.
Carrying a weapon is a burden, you have to be aware of it at all times and respect the power on your hip. It’s not a joke or a toy, it’s a means to an end, hopefully the bad guys and not mine. I didn’t carry for a long time but I’ve got a family to consider now and I aim to protect them at all costs.
I’ve had training and intend to have more when I can, this day and age being in a “good” neighborhood means nothing. I’d been going back and forth on getting the CCW for awhile when I found out that in my upper middle class neighborhood there had been several of burglaries.
Times are changing folks and as far as my gun goes, I’d rather be looking at than looking for it, God forbid the time ever comes.