Millions of Americans are choosing to exercise a great civil right fought for and won by our Founding Fathers: the right to bear arms. It’s not about hunting; they didn’t give their lives and fortunes to defend that. It’s about your right to defend yourself, your loved ones, and maybe even a stranger, from those who mean to do harm. In the days of our Founding Fathers, carrying a weapon was normal and very accepted. They probably could not have guessed there would come a time when doing so in this country would be considered taboo by some. It’s a good thing there are millions who carry concealed and stand up for their rights to carry a weapon for personal protection.
The question of “Why do you carry?” is almost as easy to answer as “Why do you have a fire extinguisher in your home?” You carry because intentional violent crime occurs every second in our world and your safety is your own responsibility. Yes, you can and should call the police if you are attacked, but they are always minutes or hours away. If a fire extinguisher gives you a chance until the firefighters arrive, then a handgun gives you a fighting chance before the police can respond.
From FBI statistics, we know that every year at least 2.5 million Americans defend themselves with firearms against criminals, with the handgun being the most common weapon of choice. Of that number, at least 200,000 are women who save themselves from sexual assault. Take those statistics with a grain of salt, though, because many firearm defenses are never reported, and are successful without a shot ever being fired and no one harmed.
On average, states that have less restrictive gun control coupled with laws that protect victims have lower crime rates, lending credence to the old adage that “the armed society is the peaceful society.” Keep that in mind the next time someone asks you, or you ask yourself “Why do you carry?”