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

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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.

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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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About Brandon Curtis | View all posts by Brandon Curtis

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Duo

    I absolutely agree with this. Unfortunately, I’m in the military. I’m effectively disarmed, not only at work, but coming from and going to work.

    Congress must do something about this so military personnel aren’t sitting ducks the majority of their day.

    • Benny

      I also agree. I work for a major government contractor at a very loosely secured government facility. I also can’t carry at work or to and from it. I fear my situation is hopeless.

    • Don Kenner

      I read that it was president Bush who disarmed soldiers while on the military base. Does anyone know if that is true? If so, it is very disappointing. It would be troubling, no matter who did it, but doubly troubling if it was the GOP, since people generally depend on them to be better than the Democrats on such issues.

  • Robert C. Muench

    I work for my county’s public school system, so by default I cannot carry. I would be unable to protect my kids should anything happen. If it is legal for me to carry virtually everywhere else, why not when I’m with my students? They are the most vulnerable.

    • Kirby Crowley

      Some states do allow concealed carry at public schools. Utah. No problems! (okay, one teacher did kill a toilet…)

      • Mark Johnson

        That toilet had it coming….

        • Sam IAm

          Not taking any more crap from that plumbing fixture!

          • dawggg63

            That’s some funny s**t right there!

          • Greg B.

            But it wouldn’t have been funny if the stray bucket killed a child. And it easily could have.

          • dawggg63

            Toilet got shot… poop related humor. Try to keep up.

          • Greg B.

            Toilet could’ve been a kid. Relevant to the discussion we’re having here. Try to keep up.

          • Stanley Clark

            Bus could have ran over a kid. Probably more likely too.

          • Greg B.

            Bus was designed to transport to children to and from school. Gun was designed to kill humans. Try again.

          • pt.

            Guns are designed to discharge a round at a high velocity… Bad people use them to kill humans. And when one of those bad people look at you as a target, you can call somebody without a gun to protect you. Good luck.

          • TheBaldNinja

            Most people–maybe not you, but most others–can differentiate between a toilet and a student.

          • Greg B.

            Ugh…you’re so stupid it’s painful. Let me type slowly. The teacher didn’t AIM at the toilet, genius.. She had a gun in school. She dropped her pants and sat on a toilet. The gun discharged and hit a toilet in the next stall. She clearly did t have control over her weapon. A young girl could’ve been sitting on that toilet. The gun could’ve fallen from its holster while she was in the classroom and discharged a bullet into a child’s head. Is all of this logic too much for you to handle?

          • TheBaldNinja

            You are a retard, aren’t you? Read your own story. The teacher sat on a toilet. The gun discharged while she was on it. The bullet was fired into the toilet she was sitting on. From the following article: The charging documents say that when a Unified Police Department
            detective arrived, he found the blast pattern on the toilet indicated a
            gun had been fired from above the toilet then down and right to left if
            one were facing the stall door.

            http://www.sltrib.com/news/1689531-155/ferguson-montgomery-toilet-district-documents-gun

            http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/sltrib/news/58406579-78/teachers-gun-teacher-parents.html.csp
            Intelligent, normal people, which obviously excludes you, do not sit on students to go to the bathroom. Thus my comment still stands and you are proven to once more be barely intelligent enough to be breathing.

          • Greg B.

            Well now you look like an even bigger moron as you argue that my point is invalid because the fact that her accidental gun discharge sent the bullet at such an angle that it lodged into the toilet on which she was sitting means that I’m crazy for thinking that the angle of discharge could’ve been such that it would hit the toilet 30″ away (or the person sitting on it). Are you really suggesting that when a responsible gun owner inadvertently discharges her weapon, the weapon only discharges at angles that keep innocent bystanders out of harm’s way?

          • TheBaldNinja

            No, I’m mocking you for being a paranoid doomsayer screaming “what if this and what if that!” every time something happens. You can conflate any combination of incidents to parlay them into something catastrophic. “Don’t go outside your house or you could get hit by a car! Don’t stay inside your house because it might burn down! These things happened before, they could happen to you! What if they do?”

            Yes, the teacher had an accident. Yes, someone could have been hurt. Nobody was, so your mindless terror has no point. An accident suffered by one person is no reason to ban all people from carrying guns. That person? Yes. Everyone else? No. Planes crash every week; we don’t ban flying. People receive electric shocks every day; we don’t outlaw electricity. People get cut daily; we do not require licensing for the use of sharp objects.

            Your money is protected by guns, your flights are protected by guns, your president is protected by guns, and they can all have accidents but you’re okay with that. Learn to get used to our kids being protected by guns, too. They’re worth more than money, planes, or presidents so they deserve at least the same level of protection.right now.

          • Bob Ballentine

            The bigger point us no one was killed in a mass shooting today. So all of you who carried in anticipation of being a hero……

          • TheBaldNinja

            Since very few carry “in anticipation of being a hero” and I don’t, your point is essentially as useless as you. Next.

          • Allen Benge

            People with two connected brain cells do not have target practice on a toilet they are sitting on, either. Gotta watch for those buckets flying around that might hit a student.

          • Stan Robertson

            This is VERY true. And it’s why we stress SAFETY in all our classes. If you aren’t familiar with your firearm, GET familiar with it. Know it’s capabilities, AND it’s limitations.

          • Schlukitz

            Oops….I posted before I saw your comment. LOL

        • Schlukitz

          There was absolutely no reason why that toilet should have continued taking shit from people!

    • Greg B.

      Why are you not able to carry when you’re with your students? Because the day you snap while standing in front of a classroom full of children, we don’t want you to have a gun within arm’s reach. Because yes, they are the most vulnerable and parents shouldn’t need to worry about the mental stability of a gun carrying math teacher every time they put their child on the school bus.

      • dawggg63

        I am a teacher. I am also a concealed carrier. I have been through criminal background checks & mental health background checks. I train more regularly than most police officers. Although I have had difficult students, not once have I even remotely felt the urge to even think about harming one of them. The school has lock-down drills at least once a semester, and we have had several several lock-downs with guns in the neighborhood (thankfully not on school grounds). In each of these I position myself between the classroom door and my students, without as much as a pocket knife to protect any of us. I’m glad that my inability to defend myself and my students gives you such peace-of-mind.

        • Greg B.

          But I don’t know you and I’m not inside of your head. I’m not willing to accept you on your word that you’re a “good guy with a gun” when I send my child into your classroom. Sorry, you’re probably a good person who will never harm anyone but that can’t be guaranteed and that’s just a risk that I and most parents aren’t willing to take.

          • dawggg63

            You make no sense. If I am a “good guy with a gun”, I pay to have the sheriff perform a criminal and mental health background check every 5 years, and I am not going to carry where I am not legally permitted. I am also vetted by the school board, and my interactions with the students is regularly monitored. If I am the “gun nut with his penis substitute”, a law is not going to prevent me from keeping my handgun in my backpack. Your logic prevents the responsible gun owner from protecting your child from exactly the type of person that you are most concerned about. Does your child’s babysitter have a gun? Their soccer coach? Their best friends father? How do I know that you don’t carry and your child will bring your gun to class? We know that schools are soft targets. Liberals who want to keep “God and Guns” out of the school, but if anything happens, they’ll be praying that a guy with a gun gets there in time. In a school setting, most of the killing takes place within 5 minutes, average police response time is 7 minutes.

          • Robert C. Muench

            As a school employee in Kentucky I get a fresh background done on me annually and as a CCDW license holder it’s monthly. I get drug checked randomly and I’ve never had ANY run in’s with the law. Those of us that carry break the law less frequently than the police do. Gregg B is just afraid of what he doesn’t understand.

          • Stanley Clark

            Don’t even bother trying to justify it. His argument is so beyond stupid that you have no hope of winning him over.

          • MaryAnne Alderfer

            So I just scrolled down the page to see where I’d need to pick up if I wanted to skip further dialogue with Greg B. Not quite sure why all the effort to patiently continue the dialogue with this gentleman. Just curious.

          • Kevin Snyder

            Because of other readers. We’re not going to convince Greg to take his fingers out of his ears, but if someone who really doesn’t know much about the subject follows Greggy’s posts, we can educate them rather than having them assume Greg is … thoughtful.

          • DRS

            Do you know every police officer? Are you in their heads. Should they not carry?

          • Don Kenner

            Will most parents accept the gun free zones (like schools) that you and your friends support? The same GFZs that turn into killing zones when some nut job goes on the warpath? If so, they are as delusional as you are.

      • law-abiding-citizen

        “The pen is mightier than the sword”
        That’s part of the reasoning behind the 1st Amendment. Maybe we should restrict your right to speak freely to certain mediums, and require you to have extensive background checks, & pay expensive fees to exercise your now limited right to free speech. We never know when you’ll say some inflammatory that could incite violence or lawlessness, & we just can’t take that risk.
        See how that works?

        • Greg B.

          Apples to oranges, buddy. My words can’t murder a room full of first graders in two minutes. I’m tired of gun nuts refusing to acknowledge the context in which the Second Amendment was written and claiming that it means I must accept my child’s teacher bringing his killing machine / penis substitute into the classroom. A child’s right to learn in a gun-free classroom trumps your right to have your weapon within arm’s reach at all times.

          • Bill B

            You my friend are close minded and really have no idea of what is actually happening in the country today. I would rather have the trained ccw holder prepared to help stop the criminal than an unarmed staff watching the killing.

          • Marie

            I wondered when penises would be brought into this discussion. If guns are penis substitutes, what about the thousands of women who carry on a daily basis? And don’t say we wish we had a penis–I can tell you that the women I know do not in anyway wish they had a penis. I am proud to be a woman and have no desire to be a man. I carry so I can protect my kids and myself.

          • Bucky

            “A child’s right..blah blah blah….” Well, aren’t you just a smug morally-superior preening wanker. I bet you felt all righteous when you wrote that. You lack the logical part of your brain if you can’t figure out that millions of Americans carry guns everyday without wigging out and killing everyone when life gets too stressful.

          • Don Kenner

            You know what I’m tired of Greg? Political people with such low self-esteem that they have to troll sites they obviously disagree with, pick a fight, mischaracterize what others say, then try to steal some measure of dignity by pretending to be the only righteous one in the room. Seriously, you don’t see me over at anti-gun sites screaming about home invasions in states with tough gun laws. You know why? I’m not pathetic. Who cares what you are “tired of?” People just died in San Bernadino. Go tell their relatives how lucky they are that the dead were unarmed.

          • Greg B.

            Like your anti-transgender rant on Towleroad?

        • John Boy

          When I’m attacked I’ll shoot with my “substitute penis”… you can just piss on your attacker.

          • law-abiding-citizen

            Typical leftist response – vulgar and completely irrelevent to the conversation. Why are you hoplophobes all so terribly obsessed with our genitals.
            Somehow I have a feeling you’re more likely to piss yourself. & we.all know what you do with penises.

          • John Boy

            I’m not sure how I replied to you with this comment. I meant to reply to some idiot who said CWP holders are basically substituting their penis with their guns.

          • law-abiding-citizen

            My mistake – you can understand my confusion.
            Feel free to use my response (or some variation of it) with the leftists.
            I’m betting it was that tool Greg B.

      • Robert C. Muench

        So your logic is my NOT carrying a gun will prevent madness? Anyway I don’t teach, I drive a school bus which is a 30 thousand pound truck that’ll do more damage than any handgun. The gun does not cause one to wish to hurt anybody.

        • Greg B.

          Your bus was designed to transport people. What was a handgun designed to do?

          • Robert C. Muench

            Guns are designed to kill, no shit. This is a lame response. Try again. A bus abused could run down dozens at a bus stop. Try and stay on topic or be quiet.

          • Greg B.

            You just admitted to the flaw in your argument then attempted to blow right past it. Sorry pal, you lost.

          • Stanley Clark

            Did you hear about that school resource officer (i.e. cop) who just shot up a hallway full of kids? No? Neither did I.

          • Greg B.

            Could happen tomorrow or the next day or 10 years from now. If you have a crystal ball, please tell me where you bought it.

          • SgtHdog

            Tell me: would a teacher with intent to murder listen to a law banning guns? Would he/she be afraid of a few years being added to his death sentence? A teacher could murder regardless of the law permitting him/her to carry firearms.

          • DRS

            Protect…

          • DRS

            Stop threats…

          • Don Kenner

            Well, let’s see. Every year thousands of gun owners deter attacks on their homes, cars, and persons with a gun…without ever firing a shot. So one of the things it is designed to do is deter people from committing horrific crimes.

            As for the potentially lethal aspect, ask the women who have used their guns to deter rapists what their gun is designed to do.

            But feel free to keep repeating your “design” argument over and over. It never gets old.

          • Greg B.

            You proved my point.

      • Kevin Snyder

        What leads you to believe teachers are prone to “snapping?” Do you have data showing them as a dangerous group?

        • Greg B.

          Um…no more than lawyers, accountants, truck drivers, etc. Difference is that we put our kids in their care for seven hours each day.

          • Kevin Snyder

            So if they are not prone to snapping, why did you say they were? You stated, and I quote, “Because the day you snap…” You have said, therefore, that it is only a matter of time until a teacher snaps. And then you state that lawyers, accountants, truck drivers, etc are all the same – meaning THEY are all destined to “snap,” too.

            Is it really yourself that you are afraid is going to “snap?” Because, frankly, in my long and productive life, I’ve not seen that people of any occupation are “snapping” every day.

          • Greg B.

            It’s a hypothetical, dummy.

          • Kevin Snyder

            Ad hominem. The last gasp of failed rhetoric. B’bye, Greggy.

          • Greg B.

            Well then I guess yours failed when you suggested that I’m going to snap.

        • TheBaldNinja

          To be fair, can you imagine how hard it would be dealing with the kinds of kids Greggy would produce?

          • Kevin Snyder

            Retards don’t always breed “true.”

      • DRS

        I found that most people with your view think this way because they do not trust themselves. You feel that you may (snap as you put it) and hurt somebody and think everybody has your thought process. Let me tell you most people don’t. However Greg in this case im glad you feel this way because you are one of the few that shouldn’t have a gun.

        • Greg B.

          You’ve “found” that, huh? Well l think you need to look again. We don’t trust YOU. We don’t trust people who feel the need to collect killing machines like baseball cards.

          By the way, I live in what you might call a “gentrified” urban neighborhood. In two directions I’m within a mile of neighborhoods dealing with gang and gun violence on a regular basis. But I don’t carry a gun and I’m not afraid to leave the house. Maybe I’m just not a p–sy.

          • pt.

            Nobody thinks your a p–sy, we all just think your stupid. There is a difference.

          • law-abiding-citizen

            No, we ALSO think he’s a pussy. He’s just a pussy who’s too stupid and SCARED to take responsibility for his own safety.
            And this way, he, like every other leftist out there, will be able to point his fingers elsewhere & lay the blame squarely on someone else’s shoulders if anything goes wrong.

        • scott

          Psychology 101 — the things people fear in others is what the lack and fear of themselves. ex. person w/trust issues does because they are dishonest and not trustworthy, therefore they think everybody else is like them, not honest or trustworthy

      • TheBaldNinja

        Projection isn’t healthy. Seek help.
        http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/ragingagainstselfdefense.htm

      • Stan Robertson

        “Because the day you snap while standing in front of a classroom full of children, we don’t want you to have a gun within arm’s reach.” And how many teachers have “snapped”?

        • Greg B.

          Plenty of them.

  • Das Blade

    I agreed with this 10 months ago when I started carrying two guns not part time but all the time. I purchased special equipment that cost me several hundred so that I could carry one 9mm and one 45 cal. I own 9 different holsters to relieve strain on my back and waist. Both are concealed 90% of the time but I always have one concealed. No sense letting them know what I have. If in a bad area I carry a third on my ankle and small 380 cal. My just in F-in case weapon. I see many who carry because they print badly. But what I don’t see is enough people going to the range with a practice plan in mind. Some go and just fire away. They don’t holster or draw just load mags and fire. Still with the number of CCP’s in my area I should have waiting lines at the range but I don’t.
    That bothers me.

    • Andrew Mock

      One indoor range I go to doesn’t allow drawing from a holster at the firing line. I do shoot production competition there which includes drawing from a holster often but not always. I’m looking for a nearby indoor facility with different rules.

    • Kevin Snyder

      Many ranges don’t allow drawing from the holster. I do that at home with an unloaded gun.

  • spraynandprayn

    twice when I left it at home were the times I needed it, the first time I reached for the pistol that was not there while ordering the the attacker to stop, luckily the bluff worked and he fled, the second time I went for my folder, when he saw the blade he turned and quickly walked away, now its with me every time, everywhere

  • 1inidaho

    I am one of those casual carriers. The focus of the problem in San Bernadino is that those poor folks had no choice. Concealed carry in California, for the most part, is almost impossible. Granted, some counties have issued permits rather than fight the issue in the courts. The government building that this horrific crime occurred in was most certainly known as a “gun free zone”. Those hapless sheeple in there really had no choice except to be victims of the new domestic terrorism like in Paris.

  • Andrew Mock

    At first I was hesitant to agree with “bad people are your neighbors”, then it occurred to me that it’s no different than “every gun is always loaded”. It’s the principle to live ( survive) by.

  • Jane Doe

    The company my husband works for is owned by a British corporation. First thing they did when they bought the company was inform all workers that no firearms were allowed anywhere on the property, not even for licensed concealed carry holders, not even left in their vehicles in the parking lot. Then they held active shooter drills which basically said to crawl under something and be still until it’s over. Great.

  • Allen Benge

    I carry 24/7. I have heard some say they carry if they think they will need it. How many people at a Christmas party expect to have to defend their life? I had someone ask me if I expected to have to use my sidearm, and I said no, but I don’t expect to have an accident, either, but my car is fully insured. I don’t expect my house to catch fire, but I have fire extinguishers. One of the truest things about life is that the unexpected is exactly that, something you did not think would happen, but does.

  • Personal Protection

    Don’t think I can say it any better than what I just have – https://www.facebook.com/notes/erwin-sea/new-york-times-caliphate/423596437830671

  • John Boy

    I have a CWP, but I can’t legally carry when I go to the bank, drop my kids off at school, go to the post office, or anywhere else that decides to hang their glorious open slaughter/gun free zone signs. Committing 100% is not as easy as it sounds. Even if I did carry in gun free zones and stopped a mass shooting or terrorist attack, I will likely spend time in jail or go broke trying to defend myself in the court of law for exercising my right. I hate to say it but the liberals with their social engineering machine are winning. Everyone says they’ll fight, or “pry it from my cold dead hands”, but the truth is they are slowly boiling this frog and our rights are slowly evaporating.