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Concealed Carry and Loved Ones

Paper family in handsCarrying a gun is a hot topic and an emotionally charged one for many. For those of us that are familiar and comfortable with guns, it’s really no big deal. We feel very comfortable with them, confident with the idea of having to use it, and actually feel naked without one on. But what about our loved ones? Our wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, and kids? Does it matter? To most, it does.

Carrying concealed is one thing. For that simple fact alone it is very important to have the support of the people you love and would be willing to use lethal force to protect. Let’s talk about a couple scenarios to exemplify this topic.

Imagine you are out on a dinner date with your wife (or girlfriend). The nice restaurant you are taking her to gets robbed at gun point. You are sitting in the far back of the restaurant and are carrying. You have an opportunity to draw your weapon and neutralize the threat to save the innocent hostess who is being held at gunpoint. As you draw, your literally “gun shy” wife panics. How does she react? Does she shout, scream, try to push your arm away, stand in front of you? Although this scenario may seem bizarre, the same concept can be applied to a carjacking or a mugging.

The important take away is this: fear and panic will cause individuals to act in ways they never thought they would. The moral of the story is this. If your spouse or significant other isn’t comfortable around guns, even at the range, how will they behave if you have to use it in front of them? Could they escalate the situation or put themselves in danger? I’m sure many macho gun owners will claim that their heroic actions will “take control” of their spouse and save the day, but this is a real issue to take into consideration.

The next scenario is even worse. If your loved one is truly anti-gun or not comfortable with the idea of carrying imagine this: You are involved in a gunfight to defend your life. Your assailant was a 17 year old thug. After all, it was his life or yours, right? During the psychological turmoil you are experiencing, court proceedings, the media calling you a “kid killer” and your bank account dwindling from legal fees your wife secludes herself from you because she disagrees so intensely with how you acted. It is an emotional shock to her to. Ok, I get it, now here comes the, “I’d rather be alive and dealing with that than be dead.” Great, we all could say that. But after all, having a loved one is about support and sharing a life together. Wouldn’t you like your loved one to supportive through this difficult time?

Give it some thought. How does your spouse, loved one, or kids feel around guns? This article is simply intended at inspiring open conversation within your family. Start gentle and with education. Get your family and spouse on board. After all, they are part of the reason we carry!

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