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Lessons From Carrying A Gun

Tom Lindsay, of Fill Yer Hands, was kind enough to share with us his observations:

Tom McHale posted a nice article a couple of weeks ago, about 10 Things You Learn By Carrying a Gun Every Day.

This got me to thinking about the lessons I’ve learned, and I would like to share a few.

I’ve been carrying a gun almost everywhere for about the last 14 years or so, ever since we moved to Georgia. Before that I carried from time to time, mostly for travel, but not to work, and not during most social events. My reasons why I didn’t carry are probably the good subject of another post, for another day.

But now, carrying almost all the time, I’ve come to learn some things. I agree with Tom McHale’s first four points, and I have experimented with a few belts and holsters, to find the ones that work best for me.

Having said that, here are some observations and Lessons Learned:

Condition Yellow takes concentration, but that’s not a bad thing. Once you get used to it, it gets a little easier.

But it still takes concentration. A lapse in that – slipping into Condition White – may be the last thing I experience in this life.

It takes thought and concentration in other areas, too. Like planning ahead for bathroom breaks. You have to have a plan.

More people carry than you think. I routinely look for telltales when others are carrying, as much out of curiosity as to know who would be on my side if the balloon went up.

It’s no big deal to my wife and kids. Once they got used to me carrying, and asking for the seat facing the door, etc., it became almost second nature.

Sometimes my wardrobe is dictated by my choice to carry. But that isn’t as big a deal as I thought it would be. Of course, gone are sweat pants in public. At my age, that’s not such a bad idea, though. As it turns out, I have become a Hawaiian shirt aficionado in warmer months, and a fleece vest guy in the cooler months.

At least in Georgia, Gun Free Zones are pretty much worthless to me. I can discuss this in another post, but I generally ignore the signs, since, for the most part, they have no legal force in Georgia. But exceptions are exceptions (like the Post Office), and those I do honor. For the rest of you (and this means you, Taco Mac) I don’t pay any attention. Trust me, if I’m there when something goes down, you won’t care that I’m violating your sign.

Despite what movies and some online Gun Heroes want you to think, if the balloon goes up, I am there to protect me and my family. Unless there is a compelling reason, that means I’m not chasing any bad guys or saving anyone but us. Sorry.

More to come, I am sure . . .

I’ve been carrying a little longer than Mr. Lindsay, but generally do not disagree.  Except, I’ve made the decision to A.C.E.  ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE.  Of course, that means everywhere possible.

In Arizona, businesses may post signage to discourage customers and visitors from carrying into their establishments.  Barring a physical confrontation, the most that could happen if observed violating the law would be being asked to leave (to remove the weapon from the establishment or just leave) lest they get charged with trespassing.

Seriously, what business owner in their right mind would approach a customer violating the law by being armed and ask them to leave?  I suspect most would either ignore it (if the customer appeared docile) or just call the cops.

Me?  I’ve never been observed or asked.  That I’ve been aware of.

I always think of Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a chiropractor (eventually a Texas State Representative) who obeyed Texas law and left her gun locked in her car.  Then accompanied her parents into Furr’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.  Her parents and 22 others were subsequently murdered, in part because Dr. Hupp was unable to respond.  Because she voluntarily obeyed the disarmament sign.

And when criminals take it upon themselves to attack the public, or schoolchildren (in gun-free zones), what is the prescribed course of action?

Call people with guns to respond to alleviate the situation.

So, why not just carry?

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Lessons From Carrying A Gun

  1. I have since the mid-1980s. ACE is right… All I’m going to say.

    Posted by Old NFO | November 1, 2015, 10:44 am
  2. Signs on businesses do carry the force of law here, and one has to decide if the potential risk of losing one’s right to own firearms (that’s the penalty for “firearms misconduct”) is worth it. Me? I just don’t go to those businesses. There aren’t many of them, anyway.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | November 1, 2015, 11:25 am
  3. Like you I live in Arizona, and I ignore “no guns” signs. So far it has never come back to bite me, but if it did I’d honor their request that I leave and that’d be an end. We’ve got it easy, nobody really cares.

    When I lived in California I was so paranoid about getting caught carrying that I mostly carried off-body. There was a pocket in my backpack perfect for a 1911, and so I was never without my backpack. Terrible to live in a place where you’re more afraid of the cops than of the freelance villains, but there it is. Why any freedom-loving people still live in California I truly don’t know, but I don’t criticize: I didn’t leave until my daughter grew up, because she didn’t want to and I wouldn’t try to drag her off without her buy-in.

    Getting back from the digression, means and attitudes toward being armed will of course vary with the circumstances. Flexibility is a survival tactic, too. But for heaven’s sake Always Carry Everywhere.

    Posted by Joel | November 1, 2015, 5:46 pm
    • Yeah. It’s such a shame the statist control freaks have taken control over such a beautiful State! I remember visiting a famous theme park with my 35mm camera in a bag, with my 1911 in there also! They probably use metal detectors now…

      Posted by guffaw1952 | November 2, 2015, 8:25 am

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