Myths and Reality About People Who Carry Concealed Weapons

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There are lots
of people in our world that are overly concerned about law-abiding
people carrying guns for self-defense. Their concerns are real but
they’re driven by simple ignorance.

Most people
who never carry guns know little more about them other than what
they learn watching television shows or movies. The gifted people
working in special effects have given mere handguns incredible and
even magical powers. This is aggravated by ignorant or deceitful
journalists who inaccurately describe weapons involved in news stories.
Remember, sensationalism and exaggeration is what sells books, movies,
and newspapers.

People shot
don’t instantly lose the ability to continue their assault
and more than 60 percent of those shot with any weapon survive.
A handgun is little more than a tool that may give you or a family
member a way to escape from an unthinkable event alive. I equate
carrying a handgun to wearing a seat belt while driving. It only
provides limited protection.

If you understand
the limitations that firearms have, then you will know only too
well that it’s far batter to avoid violent conflicts whenever
possible even while carrying a gun.

Here are some
myths and reality about the law-abiding with guns.

1. Packing
a gun does not make anyone smarter, braver, taller or meaner. It
does provide a legitimate method of self-defense in a society where
violent thugs commit horrible crimes every day.

2. Guns are
dangerous and will discharge on their own. Modern defensive firearms
are redundantly safe and it requires intentional effort or recklessness
to injure anyone.

3. Law-abiding
people with guns will simply use them on others out of anger. The
key words here are, law-abiding. We all have tempers but what separates
criminals from the law-abiding is the ability to control one's behavior.

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August
4, 2010

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