Yes, I carry.
I always get a chuckle when I hear the anti's squeal about how violence will increase, murders will go through the roof, and so on.
Ever notice where the highest rates of violent crimes are?
Chicago, DC, NYC, and LA.
The places that it's almost impossible to get a carry permit.
Yes, there will be an uptick in collateral deaths, such as suicide, but in a general sense, an armed society is a polite society.
Carrying is a grave responsibility that must be taken very seriously.
You must ask yourself the hard questions, and give yourself brutally honest answers.
Are you fully prepared to take a life if the need arises?
Can you effectively prepare yourself for close quarters combat?
Where will you carry your firearm on your person?
Can you practice drawing and implementing your firearm consistently?
If you've never carried before, I recommend a snub nosed 38 hammerless style.
They're easily concealed, point and shoot, and their clean lines are less likely to get hung up on clothing in a hasty draw situation.
I agree that a 380 is the smallest caliber I would carry, but I prefer 40 and larger.
When my students ask me what to carry, and why, my answer is always the same. Carry the largest caliber you can keep on target in rapid fire.
Stray rounds get innocent bystanders killed. Rounds on target kills the threat.
Law Enforcement carry 40 and 45 for a reason. Ballistically, they function identically to 25 feet.
Get trained. Practice. Then practice more. You must develop muscle memory. In a hostile situation, fine motor skills go to pot, and you revert back to your most basic training.
Ingraining your draw process, quick target acquisition, and firing multiple rounds quickly all must become second nature.
Smooth is fast, and fast is smooth.
Go get your permit. It's a wise decision.
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