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What's DUTY got to do with Carrying Concealed..?
by: Tim Schmidt, USCCA - Owner/Founder
Many, many people have been coming to me lately telling me that between the presidential election and the general atmosphere in the country, they have been feeling a tug towards concealed carry.
I’ve even had guys who have carried for thirty years email me saying that they are getting more serious about how they carry concealed. They tell me they are practicing more, telling more people about carrying concealed, and even signing up for professional classes.
Gun sales are up, and concealed-carry permit applications are at an all time high.
It’s easy to see that these people feel a sense of duty toward gun ownership and concealed carry.
I’ll never forget the time I first felt this ‘tug’. It was shortly after becoming a father, while reading an article titled “The Constitutional Right and Social Obligation to Carry a Gun.”
I was given the article by a friend, and it really struck a chord with me. It wasn’t that I was new to guns- it was just that I had never really put much thought into carrying one around with me.
With my new child, I naturally felt the need to keep him safe, but I had never really felt a duty to carry a gun. But I read on…
“A citizen who shirks his duty to contribute to the security of his community is little better than the criminal who threatens it.”
Wow… Needless to say, by the time I finished the article, I began to share the sense of duty that the author, Robert H. Boatman, was taking about.
I realized that not only was it my job to keep my family safe, but it was my duty to help keep my community safe.
I’m not talking about sticking on one of those corny “CCW Badges” and pretending to be a cop- I just mean spreading the word about concealed carry, and making criminals think twice before they pull a gun on someone.
If they hear that one out of every ten people walking around has a gun on them, they have to ask themselves: If I mug someone, I might get $20 or $30. So… Is $20 or $30 worth dying for?
More and more frequently, that answer is “NO!”. And statistics back that up:
Concealed Carry laws lower crime.