We Live In A Different World, And It’s Time For The Casual Carrier To Commit

We Live In A Different World, And It’s Time For The Casual Carrier To Commit

By Brandon – Republished with Permission from Concealed Nation.

I’m breaking my silence on the ‘casual carrier’.

The casual carrier is a person who carries their firearm at a time when they feel they’d need it most. Say they’re going to a bad part of town or they’re going to the bank with a large cash deposit. These circumstances make them strap on their firearm so that they’re prepared. But what about the other hours of the day in between?

Now, more than ever, I advocate for the casual carrier to commit to carrying their firearm.

The events that happened in San Bernardino on Wednesday that left 14 dead and 21 injured can happen anywhere in the country. This attack taught us two very important things, the first of which is that the bad people are our neighbors. The couple behind the attack seemed to have lived a double life that not even their families were aware of. There was no indication that anything was out of place, and at least one was able to legally purchase firearms by passing the required background checks.

The second important thing to take away from this is the real potential that terror cells are already among us in the United States. While the feds are currently probing any possible links and will not yet officially tie terrorism to what occurred, the LA Times reports that “[The Suspect] was in contact with a small number of suspected extremists. There are also indications that the 28-year-old gunman communicated with at least one person who is currently being monitored as a potential terror suspect,…”

The Christian Science Monitor has also reported on these claims, saying that “[The Suspect] had been in contact with known Islamic extremists on social media.”

It’s a new age with new threats, and these threats can be anywhere.

I never promote or push fear as the agenda. It’s not right or healthy to live in constant fear. What I do promote is preparedness, and for most of you reading this article, part of your preparedness –to some extent– is having a firearm for self-defense.

For the causal carrier, consider this: If you knew when violence was going to come your way, you wouldn’t need to carry a firearm in the first place. You’d simply avoid the violence based on your abilities to see into the future. There’s a hint of sarcasm in there, but it’s a valid point.

I plead with you, right here and now; Practice with your firearm and carry that firearm with you wherever you go. This includes being inside your own home. The whole idea behind this is not to fend off terrorists, although that is the main point for this article. The much more broad idea is to be prepared for the thousands of self-defense incidents that happen in this country on a daily basis.

Right now, as that extra push for the casual carrier, you have even more of an obligation to commit to concealed carry in the face of a very real threat that could live in your community.

For the casual carrier, it’s time to commit and it’s time to commit now.

For the person coming into concealed carry, embrace this new commitment that you’ve taken on and be as prepared as you can be.

Prepared = Firearms Training + Carrying

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  • Kind of hard when all weapons are banned at work.

    • arte vespule

      They can’t take from you what they don’t know about. I am retired now. But when I worked for a living every employer I ever had, maintained a no weapons policy. I carried each and every day anyway. They never knew anyway….

      • I work on a university campus, I have 5 kids and I get a very good discount for them to go to school in the state system. I’d hate to throw it away because I did something stupid. If I really felt the need, I’d consider it, but I’m never here after dark and I haven’t seen anything that raised my suspicions so far. The best weapon is between the ears.

  • Kenneth Aaron

    “”the bad people are our neighbors.”” No, they’re not. C’mon Dude. By saying, “I Don’t want to spread fear,” then doing it – means not against spreading fear. I simply do not need the weapon everywhere, nor is it possible to carry everywhere. Pulling out the gun and putting it in a gun safe in the car CAN cause some people to get scared, if they see. AND call the cops. No thanks.

  • David P

    I agree with the part about being a casual carrier. I do not carry for the times I think I might need my gun. If I think I might need my gun then I will just avoid that situation. I carry for the times when I don’t know if I need my gun. It has become part of my wardrobe. Even at work I pocket carry a Kahr PM9 in my dress pants in a pocket holster (which in my opinion the PM9/CM9 is the only true Pocketable 9mm). If I’m outside the doors of my house I am carrying. And I take it upon my self to train at least once a month with what I carry, and take defensive pistol classes as often as I can. I encourage everyone to do the same.

  • cia1984

    One either carries, or they don’t. “Casual” carry is the same as being partially pregnant . . . there’s no such thing. If the primary reason to purchase a firearm is self-defense, then that capability must be present at all times. The only place I don’t carry is when the venue is screened by metal detectors. I don’t care about “no-carry-zones”. My conceal strategies works very well, although I haven’t figured out a strategy that works while on the gym floor.

    Being aware and prepared is a serious life-style change. The truth is that unless one wishes to play lottery with their life, they need to be prepared to defend it at all times. There is no returning from the dead. It’s no different than having a fire extinguisher, car insurance or learning CPR/First Aid.

    Having said that . . . Cary On!!

  • Mikial

    I always carry anywhere I won’t be arrested for carrying. Period.

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  • G50AE

    Carrying when you are at home is a great idea. What better way to try out a new holster/gun combination than in the privacy of your own home? Never carried in a shoulder holster before? Try carrying at home first. Get the rig adjusted how ever you need it adjusted. Figure out what garments do and do not work with your chosen rig. And you can do all of this “practicing” in the privacy of your own home.

  • arte vespule

    I always carry. Started a few years ago for all the reasons listed in the article. It’s automatic now. I put on my pants. I put on my gun. I don’t wear it around the house, but it is always near enough…

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