I was wondering what to title my first writing for the Worcester Tea Party. It is a phrase I first heard decades ago, early in my law-enforcement career. It refers to carrying a firearm to defends one’s life. I have heeded that advice for virtually my entire adult life, both professionally (because I have to) and personally (because I choose to).
I am a somewhat rare Tea Party member, also being a government employee. I have worked as a police officer and a corrections officer for well over thirty years. I was a certified armorer and firearms instructor. And I believe that more law abiding citizens should heed the aforementioned advice.
I am not writing this for the professional or the person who already carries. I am not going to tell you that this or that gun or caliber is best. Or even that you should carry. I will tell you to be as discreet as possible about your choice. I am writing this to provoke some thought among our good citizenry.
I know many people who have carry permits but have never actually carried a firearm for protection. They never think that today is the day they might need it. I am willing to bet that most law abiding murder victims thought the same. They didn’t go to where they were murdered thinking, I bet I will get killed here.”
I am not suggesting that simply carrying a firearm will guarantee your survival. It will not! It takes a lot mote than that. Hopefully the future will allow us to delve more deeply into the hows and whys.
For now, I will list some pros and cons. First, some cons…
Depending on your disposable income, firearms and an adequate supply of ammunition for training can be relatively expensive; carrying them (especially concealed) can be uncomfortable and limits your choice of wardrobe; and there is the potential for great civil and criminal penalties in the unlikely event you fire it and kill or injure someone.
Now, some pros…
Carrying a firearm may save your life; it may save the life of a loved one; it may save the life of a perfect stranger.
There are many more cons, but none are as important as the pros!
Until next time, stay vigilant.
Dean of 2A Studies