Sometimes it blows my mind when I hear some of the ridiculous excuses made by folks when it comes to why they don’t carry their gun. They have put a lot of time and money into buying a gun, taking a state mandated safety course, paying for their carry permit, and buying a holster and other equipment but choose, instead, to leave their gun at home.
Let’s look at some of these excuses and see why they are invalid.
Excuse: It’s not comfortable.
I hear this one most often. They don’t carry regularly because it’s just not comfortable. This excuse is shattered by two simple facts.
1. Proper carry equipment will make you much more comfortable.
Carrying in a $10 nylon holster attached to your $15 Wal-Mart belt is likely the culprit. The added weight and bulk of a gun takes the right belt. I have used a 5.11 TDU belt daily for about ten years. It’s a great value at around $17 but it is very high quality.
The right holster is also essential for daily carry. Most people I know have a bag of holsters they have tried but abandoned due to various factors. Most of them were just not comfortable. You don’t have to spend $100 on a holster to find the right one but it’s unlikely the $10 nylon holster is going to cut it. You should expect to spend between $40 and $80 on a decent holster. All you need to do to help eliminate the bag of holsters collecting dust is a little research to make sure you’re getting something with a known reputation for comfort before you buy it.
Additionally, you will probably need to adjust your wardrobe to accommodate your gun. It may require purchasing pants a size larger and wearing your shirt untucked.
2. Carrying a gun shouldn’t necessarily be too comfortable.
While we all want to go through our daily lives without discomfort, it’s important to realize you are carrying a tool, which if used or handled improperly, is capable of inflicting serious physical injury or death upon yourself or another person. This responsibility should never be taken lightly and, therefore, the weight of the gun should never be so comfortable that you take it for granted.
It’s important to remember a gun is not a magical talisman that can ward away evil doers by its mere presence. Despite that, I’m still much more comfortable internally if I have my gun with me than I am when I am forced to be unarmed. I know that I at least have the means by which to meet violence with an equal or greater amount of violence if necessary.
Excuse: There are just too many places I can’t carry the gun so I just don’t take it.
I’m going to be blunt here. This excuse is generally the result of laziness. Either they are too lazy to learn the laws regarding the carrying of a firearm in their locale or they are too lazy to disarm when required.
Of course, each state and municipality may have its own set of laws governing where you may or may not carry your gun. Some states are quite restrictive but most states are much less so. It should be a relatively easy matter for you to choose to patronize businesses that have not posted signs prohibiting firearms in their establishment.
It’s best to become intimately familiar with your state’s carry laws. Never rely on what a friend or relative, or even an instructor or cop told you regarding what is and what is not legal. Many of these people don’t know the laws as well as they think they do and it could be to your detriment to take their statements as fact.
Regardless of what the laws are where you live, there may be times you simply can’t carry your gun. I recommend a good gun storage box for your vehicle so you can unload it and lock it up when necessary. I prefer to use this method even if it means I have to lock my gun up several times in a day just for the simple fact that I would rather have my gun on my person as often as possible rather than not carry it because it’s inconvenient.
Excuse: I only carry when I think I’m going to need it.
I actually hear this one a lot. Unfortunately, those that use this excuse haven’t thought logically about their statement. I avoid places I think I will need my gun. If you thought there was a chance, even a small chance, you would need your gun, why would you ever go to that place? A wise person would avoid a place where they think they will need their gun like the plague.
Of course, what they really mean by this statement is that they only carry when they are going to a place in which they are more likely to need their gun. The problem with that lies in the fact that violent criminals don’t only choose to prey on victims in “bad” neighborhoods. Many violent criminals are opportunists and they will attack if you appear to be an easy target or, sometimes, because they just felt like it.
A gun should be considered as emergency equipment. Fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, emergency candles, etc… These are things we keep on hand at all times just in case there is an emergency and they are needed at that time. We don’t run out and buy a fire extinguisher after our kitchen stove catches fire. Likewise, a gun should be kept with you as often as possible should the need to use it arise.
There are relatively few things in this world that I am totally certain of. One of these things is this: You definitely can’t shoot back if you don’t have your gun.
Don’t make excuses. Find what will work and do it. Carry your gun as often as possible.