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Should Moms Concealed Carry?
Perhaps your husband, co worker or partner is a concealed carrier and and they suggest you consider getting a gun to concealed carry.
If someone suggests you concealed carry, they are doing so for your safety because they want you to be prepared, and able to protect yourself at all times.
The training you receive will increase your situational awareness and help you be alert at all times.
However, for some women it can be an intimidating proposition especially if you did not grow up around guns or have not gone shooting before.
If you are unsure and don't know if you should concealed carry you have come to the right place!
It’s wise of you to be taking the initiative and doing some research before acting on this advice to carry a firearm because it is a big decision that only you can make.
You might feel unsure or nervous about the prospect of carrying a gun.
So what do you do? Should you take their advice?
In this article, we will explore some of the things you need to think about to help you decide if concealed carry is for you.
In today's unpredictable world, personal safety has become a primary concern for many women. The rise in crime rates, prolonged police response times, and various other threats have led people to seek ways to protect themselves and their loved ones. Concealed carry, (the practice of carrying a concealed firearm), has become a viable option for many people who find themselves in potentially dangerous situations.
Let’s start by considering some of the situations you may face in life that may require you to be able to defend yourself and your children.
Slow Police Response Times
The average police response time to emergency calls can vary significantly, depending on the location. Waiting minutes or even hours for law enforcement to arrive during an urgent situation can be life-threatening. Having the means to defend oneself immediately through concealed carry can make a significant difference in life-threatening scenarios.
If you live or work in areas with high crime rates, poverty, and gang activity, personal safety can be a constant concern. Concealed carry offers an added layer of security when facing potential threats that law enforcement may not be able to address in time.
If you have experienced domestic violence, harassment, stalking, or threats from personal enemies can find reassurance in concealed carry. Perhaps you are going through a divorce or have a mentally unstable person in your personal life who could potentially be violent.
If you report threats to the police, all they can do is document it in the event that you are attacked, they cannot prevent someone who threatened you from attacking you, or arrest them before the attack happens.
The police can only document and arrest after the fact, which could be far too late. Having a gun is a stop gap between reporting the threat and then being a victim if the attacker follows through with their threats.
It provides a sense of control and security in dangerous situations, empowering victims to protect themselves.
If you work late at night or frequently travel during odd hours you may find yourself in vulnerable positions. Concealed carry can provide you with the means to deter potential attackers and escape dangerous situations.
If you work in a profession that involves dealing with unstable or angry individuals, concealed carry can act as a necessary safeguard. It ensures personal safety when facing potentially dangerous clients, customers, or tenants.
Examples of professions that are not law enforcement but could still have a risk for violent interactions might be - a landlord, property management, debt collector, repossessor, tow company, social work, child protective services, realtor, mental health professions, parole officer, rehab facilities, parking enforcement, a job that deals with intoxicated people (bouncer or bartender). The list goes on. You might work in one of these fields and never considered that there could be a risk of violence.
In times of civil unrest or public turmoil, personal safety can be at risk. Concealed carry offers you the ability to protect yourself and your loved ones during such uncertain times.
Unfortunately we live in the times when mass shootings have become all too common. They can occur anywhere, any place, any time.
Wherever there's a large group of people present - it's a potential target.
Anywhere from a place of worship, to concerts, sporting events, parades, the mall or even somewhere as small as a restaurant.
Some of these places are unavoidable and carrying a gun could give you peace of mind.
Carrying a gun could save not only your life but also everybody around you that are being shot at.
If you work in high-risk professions, such as law enforcement, banking, jewelry, or journalism, you may often encounter dangerous situations. Concealed carry provides an added layer of protection for you and the assets you are responsible for safeguarding.
If you are targeted due to your race, ethnicity, gender, or sexuality, concealed carry can provide a sense of security against potential hate crimes and acts of discrimination.
If you have physical disabilities, limited strength, or are elderly, you may find it challenging to defend yourself physically. Concealed carry levels the playing field, allowing you to protect yourself effectively.
Unfortunately, many women are attacked when walking to their car. It’s hard to defend yourself, never mind yourself and one or two children. Abductions, unfortunately, happen all too often.
When you are with children, your situational awareness can be compromised as your focus can be taken by your children. Kidnapping and child trafficking is a very real thing and human traffickers are more likely to target mothers that are alone with their children.
Keeping an eye on them is a full-time job, and criminals like to attack the distracted!
A lot more goes into carrying a gun than you may think; it's not just about buying a revolver at Cabelas with your partner, throwing it in your purse "just in case," forgetting about it, never shooting it, or knowing how to properly use it.
The gun then becomes a liability rather than an asset.
You need to know yourself and be able to assess if you are impulsive and reckless or if you are stable, sane, level headed, responsible and safety conscious.
You should have no substance abuse problems, mental health issues or suicidal tendencies.
If you are not passionate about carrying you are less likely to train with your firearm which is essential to safe concealed carry.
You have to ask yourself - Am I willing to potentially take a life to save a life?
Could you shoot someone to stop them from hurting yourself or others?
If the answer is no, don't carry a gun.
Plain and simple I can save you time, and you can stop reading this article right here because everything else after this paragraph is irrelevant if you are not willing to take a life to save a life!
If the answer is yes, then read on, as these are the considerations you have to take into account before deciding to carry a gun.
If you have particular concerns about your safety, having reflected on the list of potential threats above, you may wish to consider all the above and take action to keep yourself and your family safe.
However, don't carry if:
A lot of these things can be mitigated. The psychological, financial, and legal sides of things are where Concealed Carry insurance and protection come in. They provide counseling, legal advice, a 24/7 hotline in the event you use your firearm in a self-defense encounter and a lawyer of your choice. This helps you a lot if you have to defend yourself.
Gun handling isn't rocket science.
To summarize, if you follow these four fairly simple rules they will keep you safe.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Ultimately, the decision to carry a concealed weapon should be made with careful consideration of all of the factors involved, including personal values, lifestyle, and a commitment to ongoing training.
As discussed, it's very important to recognize that carrying a concealed weapon also comes with significant responsibilities and potential risks.
It is crucial to continually assess your mental and emotional readiness, continuously educate yourself on proper firearm usage, regularly practicing at shooting ranges, and regularly reviewing and staying updated on any changes in local laws, legislation, or regulations.
You must also assess your own abilities, circumstances and weigh up both the benefits and potential consequences, ensuring that personal safety remains the top priority.
The final decision on whether to get a concealed carry permit is a deeply personal one that requires thorough consideration and preparation.
By understanding the laws, undergoing proper training, and maintaining a responsible attitude, individuals can make a well-informed choice that prioritizes their personal safety and the safety of others.
Responsible concealed carry can empower individuals to protect themselves and potentially save lives when faced with dangerous situations.
Remember the choice is yours as to whether you carry and hopefully you can now carefully consider if it is right for you.
For me personally, the pros far outweigh the cons and it's a right that we can exercise and take advantage of that many places around the globe cannot.
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