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The Potential Pitfalls of Carrying a Concealed Firearm
This hub is targeted (no pun intended) towards ordinary citizens who have a legal permit to carry a concealed firearm in daily life.
For much of my life, I have heard gun owners talk as if having a firearm guarantees them safety from danger and violence. I do understand a firearm can and does save people from violence and death and that is awesome This hub however will provide a number of reasons and scenarios where having a firearm will do you no good and where it can actually make things worse.
I am actually pro rifles, shotguns and handguns and support the right to bear arms. I grew up on a farm and we had rifles and shotguns which we used for hunting and target practice. The thought of actually shooting someone was viewed as unlikely but definitely a possibility. Handguns were much less common in rural Ohio at that time; they were viewed as more of a city or criminal thing. I was also in the military and carried my M-16 everywhere.
The 2nd half of my life I have been more of an urban dweller and have not had or used firearms. Again, this hub is geared towards your ordinary citizen who carries.
I have heard all the bravado over the years from those who own and/or carry. For example, "I'd rather be tried by 12 then carried by 6" and on and on... I have seen all the bumper stickers. I have known numerous people who have firearm collections at home and who can spout off all the nomenclatures, lingo, etc.
Do you have your trusty sidearm in the shower with you? A number of people are attacked and/or murdered every year while taking a shower. Remember the lady in the movie Psycho who was stabbed to death while taking a shower---if only she had not left her sidearm on the night stand.
What if you are on the toilet? Do you have your trusty sidearm with you then? A few probably do but most do not. Some die a violent death every year while using the bathroom. How prepared are you when you are drunk and passed out?
I know for a fact that emergencies happen quickly and unexpectedly. Are you ready every moment of every day to defend yourself----I know you are not! It is impossible to keep your guard up at all times and is that really a way to live your life? Do you want to live your entire life paranoid and have your finger on the trigger at all times for an incident that will most likely never come?
You could be killed in a drive by shooting. You could be killed in the crossfire of others in a myriad of different scenarios. You could be killed by friendly fire while hunting. You could easily be picked off by a rifle at long range.
If attacked out of the blue you will not have time to draw your firearm. Many people who attack are prepared and know when and where to attack. You will be caught completely unaware. You will have a chance against criminals who are dunces but will stand little chance against a cunning assailant who commits a sneak attack. Many who are attacked, if they do have a moment to respond, will not be able to get to the firearm and fire it in time. Many will be scared and nervous and will be fumbling about and will not be able to adequately respond.
To digress a bit, I was once talking to a young, Japanese lady on a plane. This American gun thing came up and she was utterly unable to understand our culture in this regard. She asked me if it it was true that many Americans die every year from gun violence and I said yes every year. She then asked is it true there are lots of weapons and are they as readily available like she had heard and I said yes. I then told her about all the gun shops, gun conventions swap meets, etc. While talking to her I did begin to see the insanity of it all. I bet Japan has less of a problem with firearm deaths than the USA.
Now that I am in my 40s it is kinda weird seeing a gun shop in the middle of a strip mall in a city. Most anyone can walk in and buy a rifle, shotgun, handgun, semi automatic, automatic, etc.---gotta love it. Oh I know, you are the intelligent and responsible gun owner. Well, remember the slow learner, violent or deranged person from high school or the military----they also can easily go in and purchase.
Ok so let's say you do shoot someone. Did they really deserve it or were you rash and act prematurely? Many people use a firearm just because they have it not because they really need to use it. Then, you can be charged with murder, manslaughter, be sued, etc. You could go to prison for a number of years and in retrospect, did you really have to shoot and kill the person? In most scenarios the answer is no!
Father teaching his two year old how to shoot
In some cases having a gun makes things worse. Every year children die by finding and playing with their Mom or Dad's gun. This is so very tragic! Imagine, you are well meaning and have a weapon just for protection and it ends up taking the life of the person who means the most to you.
Some people accidentally shoot themselves with their own weapon---how embarrassing! Having a weapon around makes suicide much easier. You could be distraught for some reason and in a moment of incredible pain or despair shoot yourself in the head. Don't scoff---it happens! Had the person not had the firearm the suicide may not have happened. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
The girlfriend or wife you love and trust. Well, that relationship could go sour and she just happens to know where you keep your trusty 357---oh no! In a violent scuffle the other person could gain control of your weapon and shoot you with it.
Yes yes I know, you would rather have the firearm and not need it then to need it and not have it....and I agree.
Again, this hub was primarily written to challenge the cocky, belief of invincibility and of guaranteed safety that so many gun owners possess.
Just a few of the thousands of articles, etc. per things going wrong: