What Is Gun Violence?

The term “gun violence” seems to have been coined by either the anti-gun media or some other anti-gun group in an effort to vilify the tool used to perpetrate violence on another.

Somewhere someone said, “If we call it ‘gun violence’ that will make it sound like guns are bad. We should do that.”

political cartoonYou and I know guns are neither good nor bad. Guns cannot do anything on their own. A gun cannot be violent any more than can a hammer, or a bowling pin or a rose bush. A gun can be used during violent acts. But here is something interesting: A violent act is not always a bad thing. Righteous violence in defense of the innocent is a good thing and should be applauded. Yet still the media and anti-gun politicians continue to beat the drum of “gun violence” in America as if to say, “If we take away all the guns, there will be no more violence.”

The Open Carry Debate Continues

Well, the topic of open carry has come up again here in Wisconsin as a couple of well-meaning men wandered through the Village of Germantown (just northwest of Milwaukee) carrying sidearms and rifles in full view. It happened in mid-March and was a flash in the pan as far as social media goes.

As expected, frightened citizens called police, who responded immediately. Under the watchful eyes of the video cameras, the police responded appropriately when they asked for identification and the gun-toters denied it.

But the incident prompted a news story in which Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell said, “I understand some of you may disagree with me, but this type of insensitive behavior to cause alarm with so many people just because it is your right to do so is senseless.”

Lots To Learn From This Incident: Police Respond Over An Hour Later!

This news story from Texas offers several “teachable moments.” The gist of the story is this: Robbers hit the store. The owner fought back. The owner called police, who arrived 74 minutes later!

Item No. 1: I said “robbers.” It appears the days of the lone bandit are all but gone. Today’s criminal predators roam in packs. Yet politicians want to reduce the number of rounds we can carry in a magazine for a self-defense firearm. What do you call a person who carries only a five-shot revolver and no extra ammo? An optimist. This is just another example of why you should carry a standard capacity magazine and a spare magazine at all times.

What’s In Your Kit? Concealed Carry Means More Than Just a Gun

I think it was famed firearms trainer Clint Smith who coined the phrase, “Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable; it is supposed to be comforting.”

I’ve met Smith a couple times; and while I am sure he doesn’t remember me, he certainly made a great impression with his no-nonsense and straightforward ideas about self-defense.

The first thing you need to remember is that self-defense is about fighting back. You have to be willing to fight back, or all the self-defense tools in the world will not protect you. Once you have made the choice to no longer be a victim, you need to get training and walk the path of continued training. Skills are perishable. If you don’t use them, you lose them.

Now we can talk about concealed carry gear. What you carry every day is important. Sure, many of you strap on a pistol and call it good. And that is good, insofar as it is better than nothing.

Never Say Never

A concerned reader recently sent U.S. Concealed Carry a note about when you should or should not draw your firearm. I’ll paraphrase it here: Many articles by attorneys and others say never draw unless to fire or you would be charged with brandishing. Then the True Stories column always gives examples where it (drawing) prevented or stopped a crime and no charges were filed. This is really confusing to me.

Well, here is the deal: You don’t have to fire your pistol every time you draw it. In my tactical pistol shooting classes, I actually teach people not to fire every time they draw their pistol, because that could instill the habit of firing even if the situation doesn’t call for it. What if the bad guy suddenly gave up and thrust his hands high into the air and you, using your verbal skills to turn bystanders into witnesses, now have witnesses watching you shoot a man with his hands in the air? What if the bad guy turned tail and ran at the first sight of your gun?