Why I Carry a Concealed Firearm

Why I Carry a Concealed Firearm
Why I Carry a Concealed Firearm

Although I served 30 years in the military and am trained in proper use of guns, I do NOT have an aggressive, macho “commando complex” that influences me to seek out danger and confront others physically or with force, which would make me one of the worst kind of predators. Although trained and prepared, I have not used a gun on anyone and actually do NOT have any desire to use a gun on anyone and pray I never have to draw it for any reason. I want to avoid and retreat from danger and strongly believe in the power of deterrence and peacefully and rationally talking through differences to solve problems. Only as a LAST RESORT, I want to be prepared to defend myself with a gun when attacked or threatened with death or serious physical harm. I don’t place myself in dangerous situations or go places where I think danger may be present. In other words, my primary form of self-defense is AVOIDANCE of potential danger, NOT confrontation. I accept that retreat and leaving a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation is usually the best form of defense. This is NOT a sign of WEAKNESS and does NOT make me a coward or a wimp… or irresponsible. This is a disciplined, rational, intelligent win-win way of THINKING and peacefully resolving conflicts and problems. However, I am PREPARED to respond with force as necessary and without hesitation as a last resort, if necessary to protect lives and great bodily harm from predators.

My Concealed Carry Rig
My Concealed Carry Rig

I have Confidence in who I am, my abilities to reason through difficulties, my decision-making and firearms skills, and trust in my God. I know I can “hit the side of the barn” with my accuracy, if necessary. I have never in my life felt unsafe or afraid in any of my daily activities or travels in any place I have lived or visited in the U.S. I don’t constantly look over my shoulder in fear and don’t carry a concealed firearm because of fearful suspicion or paranoia.

Aside from the usual accusations (like some mentioned above) against people who carry concealed firearms, then why do I carry one? I carry BECAUSE:

1. It is a right afforded to me by the U.S. Constitution and the State of Florida. It is afforded to me by Florida Concealed Carry law statutes that law-abiding citizens should never have had to fight for. Nonetheless, it has been hard won through long and expensive legislative action to develop what we have today. It is a right and the more of us who obtain the license and legally carry guns for lawful and prudent use, the harder it will be for controlling politicians to reverse it in the future.

2. It is my duty and responsibility to take advantage of a right afforded to me by what I believe was the guiding hand of an almighty God in the framing of the Constitution of the U.S. and the Bill of Rights to defend myself and my loved ones.

Some say a Christian or other religious folks should not own or use a weapon in self defense. There is no support for this in the Holy Bible and it differs from the second amendment to the Constitution. Skeptics and people determined to disparage Christianity and religion in general refer to “Thou shall not kill” (in the King James version of the Holy Bible in Exodus 20:13.) In virtually all modern interpretations and versions of the Bible and the Ten Commandments, it is translated as “You shall not murder” and does NOT refer to self defense or war. Peter and other disciples carried swords daily for self defense against robbers, wild animals, etc. Jesus acknowledged their possession of weapons (2 swords), but never told them to give them up (Luke 22:38.) Christians and others who believe that the U.S. Constitution was framed (including the Second Amendment) under the guiding hand of an almighty God, have an obligation to train with, obtain, and lawfully keep and appropriately use firearms to protect themselves, their families, their country, and their beliefs.

3. Law enforcement officers (LEOs) must help prevent crime, detect and investigate it when it happens, and enforce laws that have been broken. They certainly deserve our utmost thanks and appreciation, however the large majority of LEOs’ duties are after-the-fact and this has been upheld in courts. I choose to personally take immediate responsibility for my and my family’s safety. Because of LEOs’ responsibilities, limited resources, and average response time (at least 4 minutes and can be between 8-10 minutes or longer per Department of Justice studies), they generally arrive at a crime scene after the criminals are long gone and the devastation to victims is already done. Again, please understand that I most certainly respect them and their responsibilities! They are there to investigate and capture criminals after a crime has been committed. It is foolish to believe that our civil governments have the ability to protect us from the predators of our society, BEFORE they act.

4. I live in a real world in which I recognize that criminals, ruthless bad people, violent behaviors, and dangers DO realistically exist. Sadly, there is “Bad” in the world. I want to focus on the positive and good, but must recognize that there is evil. To not understand this is to stick my head in the sand and ignore the ever-present dangers among us. I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil, paranoid, and looking for trouble, but because I want good, am a realistic “thinker,” and want to head-off any negative, predatory acts of criminals. I carry a firearm because I have lived long enough to see the actual evil in the world and accept responsibility for protecting myself and loved ones and for my own self-defense before crimes happen.

5. I want to be part of DETERRENCE of evil and crime. To cause criminals to wonder if the next person they choose to assault may be the one that fights back and possibly ends their life, thus influencing them not to act. The more law-abiding citizens that are armed or who might possibly be armed in the eyes of criminals, the more worry and hesitation they will have about their predatory actions… the less certain criminals can be of the outcome of their actions against us, thus they may choose to NOT attack.

Continued success, safety, preparation, and training! Remember your mental state of mind, training and preparation are much more important than the equipment you carry.

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"Col Ben" is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as "Expert" in small arms. He is a Vietnam-era Veteran. Ben is an experienced NRA-Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, and FL Concealed Carry License Instructor. Ben recently wrote the book "Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection" (second printing) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. His reference book is endorsed by several organizations and is available on his website at FloridaHandgunsTraining.com. Contact him at ColBFF@gmail.com.
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I carry because I drive all over the country in my semi truck. People are getting crazy and I want to protect my business and myself..


I carry because I drive semi all over the USA. People are crazy and I want to protect myself and my business. I sleep very well at night knowing I have some type of protection.I could turn to. Unlike years past when we were denied the ability to carry without CCW .


Thank you Col. Findley for such an adult rational approach to the carrying of firearms and the responsibility associated with it. Too often we hear far too much from those with juvenile yahoo cowboy attitudes. Your words were a welcome refresher.

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Richard Underwood

I dont post because i’m am not as inteligent with my words and frazes as Col. Findlay. I agree with him completely, i dont carry to be macho, I carry to make sure my wife and family has a chance to get away from danger. As a very good friend of mine says,(i dont put my hands on anyone and will not tolerate someone else doing it to me or mine.


well said… It never ceases to amaze me how people do bury their head in the sand about such things only to become ‘active’ when they are personally touched by the subject.


Men often evoke self-defense as the justification for concealed carry. But if we look inside ourselves, we find something nobler. As men, we are genetically and instinctually programmed to protect, to defend others first, and only then do we make provision for our own defense. 
Who would want to be the helpless souls in Littleton Co., the defenseless theatre-goers in Aurora?
Not I. 
I carry water and tools in my car, I have smoke detectors in my home, and a PX4 in my waistband, all for the same basic reasons. As a man, it is my obligation to those around me to be in a state of preparedness. The instinct to do so was instilled in my by Time and by God.


Very well stated; my feelings exactly!


I carry a firearm because during my mere thirteen years active duty, I learned that there are truly evil people in the world with whom one cannot reason and whose behavior simply cannot be tolerated. Because I was trained in the appropriate use of small arms as a last resort when all else fails, I am aware that someone who would endeavor to inflict death or grevious bodily harm on me would do so to others as well and I would be negligently complicit in the death of the next person if I failed to stop them.


I remember a gospel reading, which if I remember incorrectly someone will look up for me and correct me book and verse, where Jesus tells his followers “if you do not have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one”. And if you cringe at the thought of owning a weapon for defense of self and family, don’t you buy auto and home insurance even though you are a very careful driver and maintain your house conscientiously? If you have young children, do you not have some kind of life and/or accidental death and dismemberment insurance to provide some kind of support to them and spouse in case of misfortune? Look upon it as another aspect of insurance, can be relatively inexpensive startup and maintenance with some degree of regular practice in use of same. Try it, you’ll like it!


Very well articulated Col. Findley… I also live with similar/same beliefs… I thank you for writing such a concise and comprehensive article…

John Havercroft

I find it sad that Col (Ret) Findley has been duped into believing that concealed carry is a right afforded to him by the US Constitution and the State of Florida via Florida Concealed Carry law statutes. Col. Findley – your right to bear firearms for self-defense in public has, in fact, been TAKEN AWAY by the State of Florida and Florida statutes. In order to carry a firearm in a manner suitable for self defense in public, in Florida, you must pay the state for permission to do so. Col. Findley – that is in no way exercising any form of a right. It is exercising a privilege which only the elite group of people can and will pay the government a fee for are allowed to do in Florida.


I agree totally with Dr. Findley, but I also agree with the poster who stated our Constitution is already being subverted. There shouldn’t be any restriction or fee for a law abiding citizen if our rights are truely not infringed. As a 35 year Paramedic/firefighter I have seen the best and worse of humanity and anyone who doesn’t realize that the first 6-10 minutes of any emergency isn’t their responsibility to handle is totaly clueless. It is the responsibility of any good person to know what to do, whether it be a medical emergency or a homicidal maniac.


I agree with you. Those are my thought exactly. I enjoy the sport of shooting and the personal satisfaction I get from shooting better today than I did last week. I pray I never have to aim at a person but I refuse to let my fate rest with thr very person that made the decision to harm me in the first place. There was a time when some criminals would let you live if you gave them what they wanted. Now we have idiots who just want to see how it feels to kill another person.


I carry because i am a citizen that took an oath to protect myself and country from enemies foreign and domestic. And i like guns . I’m not going to type some long thought out speech these are the facts and this is why i carry

karl hans

Thankyou col findley for serving your country with honor. Now, what an honor for us to learn from you now. I also carry because I prefer to retreat if possible but if needed I will be a very agrssive adversary to someone trying to hurt me or my family. I also have come to the age that although I may have to fist fight and would put up a good one I prefer to keep my enemies outside of arms reach.


Great article. I carry and have since 1974. First as a Law Enforcement Officer where I had to discharge my weapon at a fellow human being only once. That was more than enough. Later, as a Deputy District Attorney, I carried because of numerous threats made during my career. And lastly, I carry as a retired person, in order to protect my family and myself from any predator that would seek to harm one or all of us. Will I use my firearm? Without hesitation. Would I like it? No. But at least I would be alive to “regret” rather than being dead and totally without feeling.

Larry Solberg

I just want to say thank you for voicing what I think and feel every day. Im a USMC Veteran, I carry every day in the state of Minnesota because I can. I’m not afraid of anything but I will not be either.


Col Findley I fully support your reasoning for concealed carry and do so myself. I also agree with the, sadly, fact that the LEOs investigate after the crome as opposed to being able to stop the crime. In a perfect world they would rush to the rescue and be there each and everytime they are needed but cutbacks and budgets prevent that. They do not like it any better than do we.
Being an “elder” in a community of same, I know that we usually pose a perfect target for the criminally intent mind but, as I am sure you are aware, they are beginning to find out that the “little old ladies” in Florida have become a force with which they have to reckon and we have no problem in doing what we feel necessary to protect ourselves and our homes.
A Florida native and wife of a retired U S Navy man.

C. Buck

Better vilified than victimized.


Well said.

Dan Ess

I very good message from the point of why we should and do carry. As for the Right to Carry, I agree that it has been turned into a money making endeavor and that is not what it should be. However, since it has, if you are licensed in one state, your license should be good in all states; including Illinois. No State should have the right to deny us our Constitutional Right, or Civil Right.


No State does, they just do it anyway because no one has yet sued and beaten them in court. We have several new, encouraging rulings to move towards complete assurance of our rights. Now is the time to keep then Antis on the ropes, and in the courts.


The good should not be forced to be unarmed victims just so the D.A can prosecute a criminal.


Very solid, versed and respectful article. I hope that most in other words all who carry concealed will make a conscious effort to know why they carry and not develop a “I can take care of this” attitude and instead will also learn how to properly avoid confrontations until absolutely necessary. When I carry I usually feel even more peaceful towards others and. have no “I have a gun” delusions about interacting with others. Letting someone know “I have a gun” is hostile and confrontational-we won’t get into Brandishing- and can take a situation that is slowing down and make it ‘speed up’ into something we do not want. I have used a firearm to control a situation and it wasn’t that much fun (felt good later). I always carry when my girls (family) are with me and they usually know I am. I believe they understand but won’t let me train them or get them training. Maybe someday that will change. I have had some training and know enough that I could use some more and some refresher. As Clint said…”A man’s got to know his limitations”. -Dirty Harry Callahan-Magnum Force…

James Allen Blevins

I agree with everything you said. I will add one more
reason. I have physical ailments that will prevent me from defending myself or
running away. I walk with a limp. That’s a dead giveaway to a predator. I’ve
been a victim before and attacked by dogs, it’s something you would never want
to go through.

Frank Tipton

I, like my father, am retired USAF. I started in the Army as a Medic and ended 24 years later as a cop and Firearms Instructor. I’m unemployed now due to Sarcoidosis in my spine, and I’m trying to get disability. I, too, am a mark for predators due to my health. I have a CC Permit in Kansas and carry for the same reasons most of you do. I want to protect myself, family and others around me. I’ve also been a Deputy Sheriff in two states. From a LEO perspective, it just isn’t possible to protect everyone, so you do your best for all.I believe I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. To me that’s not just words in a cliche, but my true belief. I’m sure that if I shoot someone I will end up in court. My only defense will be I was protecting those who could, or would, not protect themselves. Thanks Colonel.


Traveling for business for most of my life, I carried for self defense. ‘Illegally’ if the term is adhered to by the law. Only one time did it matter and I am here today to attest it works as advertised…. without a trigger pull. Being CCW now and traveling with mate for enjoyment, the ‘sleeping well’ and feeling ‘safe’ is best in CCW states, where we know many others are armed to deter ‘adventuresome’, desperate individuals from trying their hand at detestable activity (re: to ‘Gary and Linda Hass’ from OK). Good article Dr. Keep up the pressure against the ‘control obsessed’ among society, that would disarm everyone…except for those that Never obey ‘controls’… of any sort.

Tal Pence

Thank You for stating things I believe in a way I never could. I have tried to make many of these points far less eloquently to people who ask me why I carry and I usually end up having to whittle down my argument to “Because its my right”. Also I know you did not post this as an advertisement for your instruction services but my Mother lives in P’cola and has been considering acquiring a CCW as well so I will pass on the number listed above.

Also Thank You Sir for your many years of service.


Sir, I really love this article that you wrote I love about the point that when mention about the Christian or other religious folks. I am in the Church and have been for about thirty years and know that there are alot of bad people out there. Thank you for your article I appericated it alot and I too don’t want to harm or kill nobody and hope and pray to God that it will never come to this but we have to know what’s out there. Thanks again sir for your awesome article.


This month, at age 72, I joined the NRA and took Col. Ben’s Basic Pistol Shooting
course. Why? To get my CCL.

I’m not afraid for my family’s safety. I am fearful of U.S. politicians and U.N. members
whose goal is to take away the gun rights of law-abiding Americans.

Seniors, yes, you have to pass the course. Equally important is not to shirk practice at
the gun range. Receiving the tutelage of a tough, no nonsense range instructor, like Col. Ben, will help deter Big Brother from taking away a senior citizen’s CCL.