Why I Conceal Carry

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Yes, I freely admit to libtards and the rest of the world that I am a conceal carry person.  That means, for the sake of the idiots in Washington, D.C., that if you meet me on the street, I am likely to be armed.

I conceal carry for two reasons: self-defense and because it is my 2nd Amendment right to “bear arms”.

First, for self-defense. For the record, let me say that my neighborhood is a nice, quiet place.  But I live a short distance from the Chicago border so I am smart enough to realize that could change.  Also, I am not a wealthy person so my arsenal is rather limited.  I have a nice Ruger .357 Blackhawk for home defense.  Skeptics tell me that the .357 doesn’t pack enough punch, but loaded with 158 grain hollow points, it will do the job.  Besides, looking from the wrong end of the barrel, the gun is bigger than most, makes it look like a 120mm cannon!  I also have a 9mm for backup, just in case.

My favorite conceal is a small Ruger .380.  It fits on my belt or in my pocket in case I decide not to wear a belt.  I’ve loaded it with 115 grain hollow points and uses other loads for target practice.  I have family and friends who laugh at the fact it only holds six in the magazine and one in the chamber, but, the way I figure, if you can’t hit your target with seven shots then you probably shouldn’t be carrying a weapon.  Go home and practice before you start carrying.

My second reason is probably the closest to my heart: my 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  It is my personal belief that rights not used slowly fade from the minds of the populace.  We forget that we as a people are born with these rights.  Instead, we begin to accept the dogmatic crap that comes out of the government, a government hell-bent on deciding what rights we can and cannot have.

Exercising my 2nd Amendment right has not been a smooth ride.  I can honestly say that I have been challenged in Walmarts, Targets, Speedway gas stations, and other well meaning places.  I have had to go through the drill of surrendering my weapon to a police officer, producing my CCW card and , of course, the mandatory question of why I carry.  I dutifully comply with all the requests of law enforcement because I think these men and women in uniform have enough on their plate without having to deal with my tantrums.  I have found, however, that when they ask me why I carry my answer usually startles them.  I simply say: “I am simply exercising my 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms”.  I guess they don’t teach the Constitution at cop schools.  It’s a pity!

I am asked from time to time why I conceal carry.  I give them the shortened version that I carry for self-defense and to preserve my 2nd Amendment right to do so.  I don’t want to be a victim, I don’t want to show up on the 6 o’clock news as an unarmed someone who lost their life to an armed perp.   Though I hope I never have to use it, it’s nice to know it’s there.

I also conceal carry because it is still my right under the Constitution.  If we don’t exercise and use our rights, the government will happily take them away from us, without our even knowing.  And they will do this, always citing that it is for the common good.  In a speech to the House of Commons in 1783, William Pitt, the Younger said: “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves”.  As long as we keep exercising our freedoms, our rights, we will never be enslaved.  This is why I conceal carry.

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Rick Britton

A freedom loving serf enslaved in an authoritarian government. I proudly served for 12 years in the USAF, visiting such posh locales such as Korea, Germany, and, of course, the world's biggest sand trap, the Persian Gulf, during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. I am also a practicing agnostic, not a Christian, but still a believer in something.

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